Desure Buie to Hofstra

Desure Buie, a 6-foot, 145-pound point guard from Wings Academy in New York, committed to Hofstra on Friday.

He also considered Manhattan but chose Hofstra “because I like the facilities, they have a great coaching staff and they did a great job recruiting me.”

Buie will pair with shooting guard Justin Wright-Foreman to form Hofstra’s backcourt of the future. The 6-1 Wright-Foreman committed earlier this month.

“We can be really good,” he told SNY.tv. “[I will be] running the show, bringing leadership and the ability to create for others as well as myself.”

Said Wings coach Billy Turnage: “He brings the ability to create shots for others as himself and he has an incredible basketball IQ.”

Hofstra has two scholarships left for 2015.

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Hofstra Lands Shooting Guard Wright-Foreman

JustinHofstra scored a shooting guard Wednesday night when they got a commitment from Justin Wright-Foreman, a 6-foot-1, 173-pound scorer from Queens Construction High School.

Playing for the New York Rens, Wright-Foreman dropped 48 points on the Ohio Basketball Club in the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas and was the second leading scorer in the event.

He also considered Manhattan, Iona, Fairfield and Kent State, among others.

“Hofstra was just a special place to me,” he told SNY.tv. “As soon as I stepped on campus I felt at home. On my official visit, I figured out exactly what I wanted. Everybody on campus treated me like I go to the school. They were very straight forward with telling me the ins and out of the school. I just felt comfortable.” To read more of this story, click here

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