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 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 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
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.
Former Fresno State big man Daquan Brown has enrolled at Hofstra, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.
A waiver is in place and the staff hopes he will be eligible in the fall.
A former big man at Barstow (Calif.) Colllege, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.
In December, the Brooklyn native said he left Fresno for personal reasons.
‘It wasn’t like that,” he told the Fresno Bee about reports there was a conflict with the coaches. “The coaching staff there is great, enthusiastic. I actually love the coaches, especially Coach (Jerry) Wainwright. They taught me a lot. It’s just I had a lot of pressure on me, like, from other things. To read more of this story, click here
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Mo Cassara joked that when he took over the Hofstra basketball team last year, the three most common questions he faced went as follows.
“Who are you?”
“Are you really the coach?”
“And can I talk to Charles Jenkins?”
During his first year taking over an unsettled Hofstra program, Cassara could always rely on Jenkins to pump in 20 or more points per game. As a result, the Pride went 21-12, 14-4 in the CAA. To read more of this story, click here
Former Penn State guard Taran Buie has made a verbal commitment to Hofstra.
“Taran is an athletic slasher with deep range on his jump shot,” Albany City Rocks coach Jim Hart said.
“He has a great mid-range game, good toughness and he’s fearless. Hofstra fans will really enjoy watching Taran play.”
The news was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Buie played in 11 games as a freshman, all in the non-conference season, in his first year at Penn State before being indefinitely suspended by then-head coach Ed DeChellis in late December for a violation of team rules. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.0 rebounds while playing an average of 15.2 minutes per game, reaching double-figures in scoring twice and posting a season high 14 points in a victory over Central Connecticut State. To read more of this story, click here