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.
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 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.
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