Hofstra Lands High-Scoring Iverson Fleming

Hofstra has landed high-scoring guard Iverson Fleming of North Brunswick (N.J.) High School.

Fleming has scored at least 20 points five times this year, including a 33-point outing against South Brunswick. He also put 29 on Woodbridge.

The 6-foot-1, 158-pound Fleming chose Hofstra over LIU and Caldwell College and interest from Sacred Heart.

“I picked Hofstra because the coaching staff made me feel welcome the first time I stepped foot on campus,” he told SNY.tv. “I got a warm reception from the coaching staff. And from what I understand they have an excellent basketball program as well as academics. To read more of this story, click here

With Another Knee Surgery Looming, Uncertain Future for Hofstra’s Coombs-McDaniel


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BROOKLYN — Hofstra lost more than 28 points per game Nov. 29, when four players were arrested for a series of dorm room thefts on the Hempstead campus.

But the player the Pride is missing the most this year was sitting on the bench in sweats Saturday afternoon, when a tie game at halftime turned into an 83-62 loss to Tulane at Barclays Center.

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel accompanied the Pride to Brooklyn one day after SNY.tv first reported he’d miss the rest of the season because of ongoing knee problems. To read more of this story, click here

Hofstra’s Coombs-McDaniel to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Hofstra forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel will undergo season-ending knee surgery, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv Friday.

Coombs-McDaniel’s future remains in doubt because of his knee situation.

The 6-foot-7 forward hasn’t played since the 2010-11 season when he helped UConn win the national championship under then-coach Jim Calhoun. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in his two-year career at UConn before transferring to Hofstra and sitting out last season.

Hofstra (3-8) is already playing with a limited roster after four players — sophomore Shaquille Stokes and freshmen Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin – were arrested and suspeneded last month for a string of dorm burglaries.

Hofstra faces incoming Big East member Tulane (2014) on Saturday at the Barclays Center.

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Larry Brown Visits, & Beats, Hofstra in Wake of Scandal; Cassara Heartbroken, But Hopeful Hofstra Will Survive

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.—Larry Brown, the only coach to ever win an NCAA championship and an NBA crown, surveyed the dozens of reporters seated before him at Hofstra’s Physical Fitness Center just minutes after he recorded the 1,661st win of a career that spans parts of five decades.

“This like this every night after Hofstra games?” Brown said after his Southern Methodist team dispatched a short-handed Hofstra club, 73-47.

No, just after a game played following one of the most jarring events in the history of the school’s athletic department.

The overflow media throng, which forced the school to move the post-game press conference from the 16-seat film room to the facility that used to serve as the home of the Hofstra men’s and women’s basketball teams, was there not to chronicle Brown’s return to his native New York with Southern Methodist University but to get its first access to Hofstra coach Mo Cassara since four Pride players were arrested Thursday on multiple counts of burglary. To read more of this story, click here

Four Hofstra Players Arrested, Charged with Second-Degree Burglary (UPDATED)


Four Hofstra basketball players were arrested Thursday evening and charged with multiple counts of second-degree burglary in connection with a string of dorm-room burglaries at the Long Island university.

According to police and media reports, sophomore transfer and former Lincoln High School star Shaquille Stokes and freshmen Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin stole more than an estimated $20,000 worth of  iPads, iPods and laptops from six unlocked dorm rooms between Oct. 4 and Nov. 5. Some of the stolen items were sold on Craiglist and other locations.

Stokes was charged with five counts of burglary, Hall four, Washington two and Anglin one count each of burglary and tampering with evidence.

The players all pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday in Hempstead, N.Y., and were released on bail. All four players were supended from the school and the team.

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Hofstra’s Stokes Granted Hardship Waiver by NCAA


Hofstra University sophomore guard Shaquille Stokes was granted a hardship waiver and will be eligible to compete immediately.

A Harlem native and former Brooklyn Lincoln star, Stokes transferred to Hofstra after his freshman season at the University of Hawaii.

“I am thrilled that I have been given an opportunity to continue my education at a great institution like Hofstra University,” Stokes said.  “The ability to be closer to my family in the New York area and help care for them was of the utmost concern. I want to thank the NCAA and Hofstra for their assistance with my situation.  I look forward to getting my Hofstra degree and having a successful basketball career.” To read more of this story, click here

Shaq Stokes to Hofstra (UPDATED)

Shaq Stokes left the University of Hawaii to be closer to his ill grandmother and on Friday he chose his new school.

The former Lincoln High point guard will suit up at Hofstra and hopes to secure a hardship waiver to play in the 2012-13 season. He will have three years once he becomes eligible.

“It felt like the best situation for me,” the 5-foot-11, 172-pound Stokes told SNY.tv. “My family loved the visit. The coaches are an unbelievable coaching staff with great fire and passion to change the program around. It felt like Lincoln all over again walking through the doors.” To read more of this story, click here

Hofstra Lands Vegas Guard Washington

Hofstra has landed a late commitment from 2012 point guard Kentrell Washington of Las Vegas Clark High School.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Washington also held offers from Hartford and Eastern Washington.

“I chose Hofstra because I feel it was the best fit for me and I felt it was going to be a place that I can excel at,” he said by text. “They made me feel welcome.”

Chad Beeten, Washington’s high school coach, said Hofstra coach Mo Cassara was getting a “savvy” guard who averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds last season. To read more of this story, click here

Hofstra Signs Forward Darren Payen

Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara continues to build his 2012 recruiting class with the signing of Darren Payen, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Hamden Hall (Conn.).

Payen also considered Rhode Island, Vermont, Northeastern, and St. Bonaventure.

“I picked Hofstra because it was the best fit for me,” Payen told SNY.tv. “It has a good combination of academics, location and it’s a mid-sized school so it’s not too big.

“And from the additions they’ve made to their team, their basketball program should make a jump in these next couple years.” To read more of this story, click here

Former UConn AD Hathaway Lands at Hofstra

Former UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway will be introduced Tuesday as the new AD at Hofstra during an 11 a.m. press conference, a source with knowledge told SNY.tv.

Hathaway is the latest person with UConn ties to land at Hosftra. Former Hofstra AD Jack Hayes, now the AD at Brown, worked for Hathaway at UConn. Assistant basketball coach Pat Sellers was an assistant at UConn under Jim Calhoun. And former UConn guard Jamal Coombs-McDaniel transferred to Hofstra and will be eligible this year.

For the past year, Hathaway, 52, served as the chair of the NCAA Tournament men’s basketball selection committee. To read more of this story, click here