Malik Nichols Signs With Hofstra

Malik Nichols has signed a National Letter of Intent with Hofstra and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Nichols initially committed to former Hofstra coach Mo Cassara in November 2010 but was academically ineligible. He then went to Bridgton Academy (ME) before ending up at South Plains College in Levelland, TX.

“Malik is another great addition to our evolving roster,” head coach Joe Mihalich said. “He will add some much-needed depth to our team as we continue to reshape the foundation of this program. We are also excited that we are adding a player from the local area. Bringing local, highly-talented student-athletes to Hofstra University is a priority of this coaching staff and we are thankful that Malik has chosen to become a member of the Pride.” To read more of this story, click here

Hofstra Lands Oak Hill Forward Rokas Gustys

Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich on Tuesday landed a pledge from 6-foot-8 forward Rokas Gustys of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy.

“Great coaching staff and New York was my dream city,” Gustys told SNY.tv.

He also considered Tulane, and before that UAB and Rhode Island recruited him.

“He can play the four or the five, either position,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told SNY.tv. “Strong rebounder. Scores with both hands. He’s also an exceptional passer for a big guy.”

Gustys averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds this season in about 20 minutes per game at Oak Hill. He went for 12 points and 12 rebounds when Oak Hill beat Northside Christian in the quarterfinals of the Dick’s High School National Tournament earlier this month. Oak Hill ultimately lost in the final to Montverde (FL) Academy.

He previously said he plans to bring: “1. Toughness for sure; 2. I am a winner. Every program I played won; 3. Great teammate on the court.”

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Andre Walker to Hofstra

Andre WalkerAndre Walker, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward from Clarksburg (Md.) Bullis, committed to Hofstra on Saturday, giving coach Joe Mihalich a quality shot-blocker beginning in 2014.

He also considered Towson, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison, La Salle and others.

“The way I interacted with the players from the first time I met them was great and the coaching staff is a great group of guys,” Walker told SNY.tv. “Also the campus is beautiful. I had fun staying on campus. The players made my visit very interesting.”

As for his skillset, Walker is a natural shot-blocker who is still developing his offensive game. To read more of this story, click here

SMU Transfer Bernardi to Hofstra

Transferring SMU guard Brian Bernardi is headed back to New York.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore shooting guard from New York Xaverian picked Hofstra over Fairfield.

“At the end of the day, Brian had two really great options,” New Heights coach Chris Alesi told SNY.tv.

“Both Fairfield and Hofstra offered him the opportunity he was looking for leaving SMU. It was a difficult decision and a very tough week, but ultimately Brian just felt more comfortable at Hofstra.”

After averaging 3.5 points last season, Bernardi must sit a year per NCAA transfer regulations.

He averaged 19 points per game as a senior at Xaverian playing for coach Jack Alesi.

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Hofstra Coach Mihalich Adds Claxton to Staff

Craig “Speedy” Claxton is coming back to Hofstra.

Head coach Joe Mihalich announced his staff on Tuesday, and said Claxton will join the staff as the special assistant to the head coach.

“This is a very exciting day for Hofstra University and our men’s basketball program,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway.

“Further enhancing this staff is Speedy’s return to the Hofstra program where he lead the Pride to the NCAA Tournament. Speedy’s presence in our basketball program along with his work with the coaching staff will assist us in returning Hofstra to the NCAA Tournament in future years. We welcome Mike, Kyle, Shane, Colin and Speedy to our staff.” To read more of this story, click here

New Hofstra Coach Mihalich Hitting Recruiting Trail

Joe Mihalich’s first order of business after officially getting the Hofstra job on Tuesday was to help rebuild the roster through recruiting.

Hofstra had six players arrested last season, including Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Taran Buie, who are leaving the program.

Mihalich quickly got to work, landing 6-foot-4 Gill St. Bernard’s small forward Chris Jenkins, a former Florida Atlantic commit who had previously visited Hofstra. To read more of this story, click here

Joe Mihalich to Hofstra

Niagara coach Joe Mihalich will be the new head man at Hofstra and will be introduced on Wednesday at noon, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

SNY.tv previously reported that Mihalich interviewed at Hofstra last month.

The news was first reported by Newsday.

Hofstra first targeted Iona coach Tim Cluess, a Hofstra grad and Long Island native, but he opted to re-up with the Gaels instead.

Mihalich, who was named the 2013 MAAC Coach of the Year and the 2013 Skip Prosser Man of the Year, takes over a Hofstra program that went 7-25 last season and had six players arrested for off-the-court incidents. To read more of this story, click here