Barclays Center will host two of the winningest programs in college basketball history when Kentucky and St. John's join LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra for the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival on Sunday, December 11. In the doubleheader matchup, Kentucky, whose 2016-17 recruiting class is ranked No. 1 by ESPN, will play Hofstra, and LIU Brooklyn will take on St. John's, which also welcomes a nationally-ranked group of newcomers next season.
For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK. For more information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE. Individual tickets will go on sale in September.
"We are thrilled to welcome Kentucky back to Brooklyn for the fourth time," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Supporting local schools has also been a priority for our BROOKLYN HOOPS platform, and we are proud to showcase three of the area's programs in St. John's, LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra."
NEW YORK - Hofstra led by three late in the second half when Juan'ya Green drove to the right side of the basket. With two defenders closing in, Green threw a miraculous behind the head pass to an open RokasGustys who dunked it for two points, erupting the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
The 6-foot-2 Green managed to do it all on Sunday afternoon.
Hofstra went on to defeat Appalachian State, 86-80, at Madison Square Garden behind Green's 17 points, six assists, five rebounds four steals and one block. The Pride (6-2) won their third straight.
Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich has twin boys in their mid-20s, so he knows a little something about how twins communicate.
And while Hofstra juniors Ameen Tanksley and Juan'ya Green are not twins, they?remind the coach of his sons.
"I know what it means when people talk about twin talk, I live it every day," Mihalich told SNY.tv. "When I see these two guys together, they're like twins.?These two guys are just so close and they play so well together, and they're best, best, best friends. They've been roommates, they've been buddies since they were 10 years old."
?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.?
Andre 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."
After a tumultuous year that saw numerous players get into legal trouble and the team win only seven games, Hofstra has fired coach Mo Cassara and named Pat Sellers the interim head coach.
?We are very thankful to Mo Cassara for his hard work and dedication to the Hofstra Basketball program over the last three years,? AD Jeff Hathaway said.? ?Mo is a tireless worker and has tremendous passion for the game and the students that he coached.? I personally want to thank him for his commitment to Hofstra Athletics and the University community during his tenure.? We wish him the very best.?
Sources said Iona coach Tim Cluess would be high on Hofstra's list of potential replacements. Cluess is a Hofstra grad and a Long Island high school coaching legend who has led the Gaels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
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.
Four Hofstra Players Arrested, Charged with Second-Degree Burglary (UPDATED)
By Josh Newman | Nov 30, 2012 | 1:24PM
By JOSH NEWMAN & ADAM ZAGORIA
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.
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.?
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."
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.
The future of Hofstra signee Malik Nichols remains in limbo.
The 6-foot-5 Nichols, who averaged eight points and nine rebounds for the PSAL champion Kangaroos, is on record saying he will attend prep school next season after finishing up this year at Brooklyn Boys & Girls.
But New York Panthers head coach Gary Charles said nothing has been determined as of yet.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Looking out into a banquet room full of people Tuesday night at the Westchester Marriott, Charles Jenkins asked that his 11-year-old niece, Kemoni Albritton, stand and be recognized.
"I want her to stand up so everybody can see the pretty dress she's wearing tonight," Jenkins, honored as only the third three-time winner of the Haggerty Award, told the crowd in what was perhaps the most touching moment of the night.
Kareem Albritton, Jenkins' older brother and Kemoni's father, was shot and killed in Brooklyn in 2001. Ever since, Jenkins' parents, Charles and Patricia, have helped raise the girl.
Charles Jenkins of Hofstra won the 78th Haggerty Award as the 2010-11 All-Met Division I men?s college basketball player of the year.
Jenkins, a senior guard from Queens, N.Y., won for the third consecutive season, becoming only the third player in the history of the award to win it three times. The others were Jim McMillian of Columbia (1968-69-70) and Chris Mullin of St. John?s (1983-84-85).
Jim Ferry of Long Island University -- who interviewed for and was offered the Manhattan job -- won the Peter A. Carlesimo coach of the year award.
While UConn star Kemba Walker has garnered national headlines for his scoring exploits this season, one player who has flown under the radar is Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins.
The 6-foot-3 Queens, N.Y. native averaged 25.0 points and 6.3 assists in three Hofstra wins last week, and shared the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honor with Frank Hassell of Old Dominion.
"He's a pro," said George Mason assistant Chris Caputo, whose team watched Jenkins score 32 points on 9 of 13 shooting to go with eight assists in an 87-74 loss Wednesday.
Eugene McCrory, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward who was once committed to Seton Hall, has a number of scholarship offers and hopes to decide in the coming months.
"I'm going to decide in January or February," he said by text.
McCrory, who has dropped more than 30 pounds since the summer, holds offers from Wagner, Texas Southern, Hofstra, St. Bonaventure and Northeastern, according to Ian Turnbull of CJEOTO, where McCrory is averaging 21.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on a postgrad team that also includes Rutgers signee Kadeem Jack.
**Moussa Kone, a 6-foot-7, 209-pound wing from Frederick Douglass Academy III and the MetroHawks AAU program, verbally committed to Hofstra over Manhattan, ST. Peter's and UMBC.
"I loved the school," Kone, who averaged 14 points and 11 boards last season said by text. "I feel that the coaching staff can better my skills to become an even better player."
**Eugene McCrory, a postgrad forward from CJEOTO, took an official to Hofstra this weekend.
**Despite rumors he would open up his recruitment, 6-7 wing LaQuinton Ross of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center signed with Ohio State Sunday.
**Syracuse-area junior big man DaJuan Coleman is at Sunday's Canisius-Syracuse game, according to his AAU coach, Jim Hart. Coleman also attended the Northern Iowa-Syracuse game.
**Kyle Anderson (pictured), the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 out St. Anthony (N.J), visited UCLA this weekend and had a great time.
**Perry Ellis '12, a forward from Kansas, took an unofficial to Kentucky this weekend and enjoyed it.
**Will Davis, a 6'9 post graduate at New Hampton (NH) just committed to Penn, according to a source. He chose Penn over Drexel & Delaware.
**Ray Lee '12, a guard from Michigan, took an unofficial visit to Iowa State over the weekend.
**Da'Shawn Suber '12, a guard from New York, took an unofficial visit to Temple on Friday.
**Desmond Hubert '11, Justin Sears '12, Matt Rennie '12, Alex Mitola '12, Bill Dooley '12, Jaren Sina '13 were all in attendance for the Princeton-Rutgers basketball game Friday night.
**Savon Goodman '12, a forward from Pennsylvania, was in attendace for the Villanova season opener against Bucknell on Friday.
**Jeremiah Davis '11, a 6-3, 205-pound guard from Indiana, verbally committed to Cincinnati on Saturday night, according to his high school coach Rob Fulford of Huntington Prep (WV).
"He is a very physical combo that is a great leader and winner," Fulford said by text. "He has really improved his shooting and his overall game is really developing. He will be a great fit for Cincinnati and is definitely a Big East style player."
**Amir Williams '11, a center from Michigan, took an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. He will sign during the early signing period.
**Jordan Price '12, a forward from Georgia, took an unofficial visit to Memphis this weekend.
**Davon Reed '13, a guard from New Jersey, took an unofficial visit to St. Joe's for their season opener. They are close to offering.
**Yogi Ferrell '12, a guard from Indiana, cut his list down to six on his Twitter account. Ferrell is down to Wake Forest, Miami (FL), Indiana, Butler, Florida & Virginia. His good friend, Cody Zeller, committed to Indiana a few days ago.
**Gary Harris '12, a guard from Indiana, took an unofficial visit to Illinois on Saturday night for their game.
**Maurice Watson '12, a guard from Pennsylvannia, took an unofficial visit to Penn on Saturday night for their season opener.
**Nkereuwem Okoro '12, Kwanique Martin '12, Jaren Sina '13, Isaiah Lewis '13, Kavon Stewart '13, Hallice Cook '13 &?Brendan Boyle '14 were in attendance for the Seton Hall game against Cornell on Sunday. Jarelle Reischel '11, however, was not in attendance because of car trouble. Reischel is still down to Seton Hall, Rice & Penn State.
**After watching Kiski Prep (PA) play on Saturday night, the Seton Hall staff offered scholarships to 7'4 Sim Bhullar '12, 7'2 Tanveer Bhullar '13 & 6'9 Stefan Jankovic '12.
**Rodney Purvis '12, a guard from North Carolina, was in attendance for the Duke season opener against Princeton on Sunday.
**Daniel Ochefu '12, a forward from Pennsylvannia, was at Temple for the game against Toledo on Sunday.
**Michael Klinger '12, a guard from New Jersey, was on an unofficial visit to Lafayette on Sunday.
Hofstra announced Friday that new head coach Mo Cassara has a four-year contract.
"Mo Cassara was named our head men's basketball coach on May 5 of this year," Hofstra AD Jack Hayes said in a statement.? "When his hire was released we announced that Coach Cassara had signed a multi-year agreement with the University.? To clarify, Coach Cassara has a four-year contract and we are excited about the program that Mo is developing.? Hofstra University looks forward to a successful 2010-11 campaign and many more in the future with Mo Cassara as our head coach."
Hofstra opens the season Saturday at home against Division 3 Farmingdale State.
Darrun Hilliard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Liberty (Pa.) High, is headed to Villanova beginning in 2011.
Hilliard chose the Wildcats over Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Iowa, Michigan and Boston College.
"I loved how they treated each other," Hilliard said by text. "It's like a big family up there, a home away from home and I really loved that their tradition is also great. I will have a great career after graduation from Villanova either on or off the court."
When 6-foot-8 rising senior forward Tyler Harris takes an unofficial visit Thursday to Rutgers, he will be the latest in a list of high-profile recruits to check out the campus in recent weeks.
Consider that in the last two weeks, Mike Rice's staff has brought in Naadir Tharpe,Jordan Goodman, Jaron Sina, Tyrone Johnson, Myles Mack, Derrick Randall and Kadeem Jack on visits. Baylor transfer Givon Crump also came to Piscataway.
Two days after Tim Welsh resigned at Hofstra in the wake of a DWI charge, the school named Mo Cassara its new head coach.
Cassara, a former Welsh assistant, has agreed to a multi-year deal with the University.
Cassara will keep assistants Steve DeMeo and Allen Griffin on staff and Kyle Steinway, who worked with DeMeo at Newberry College (S.C.), will become the Director of Basketball Operations, according to a source close to the program. That leaves one assistant coaching opening on staff.
Hofstra coach Tim Welsh has resigned before ever coaching a single game at the school.
"Tim Welsh today tendered his resignation as the Hofstra University men's basketball coach.? The University accepted the resignation in the best interests of the University and of the men's basketball program," read a release from the school.