One of the biggest story lines of the Hofstra Pride men’s basketball team this off-season, besides the Presidential Debate and Superstorm Sandy’s impact on their practice schedule, have been the program’s big transfer additions.
Originally, head coach Mo Cassara added 6-2 sophomore guard Taran Buie from Penn State and 6-7 forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel from UConn. Unfortunately, both of these two additions were suspended for the team’s first two regular season games. Hofstra had also added Daquan Brown from Fresno State.
And now, the Pride have suddenly been given a gift from the basketball heavens. Earlier today, Wednesday, Nov. 7, former Hawaii guard, Shaquille Stokes was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA to transfer to Hofstra for this upcoming season.
He is immediately eligible, and is expected to be in uniform Friday night, when the team takes on Monmouth on the road to open up their regular season.
Stokes, who has three years of eligibility remaining, is a sharpshooting 5-foot-11 guard that had a very solid freshman performance in Hawaii last season. He averaged 8.4 points in 30 games, including 12 starts.
The Hawaii transfer, who is originally from Harlem, requested a hardship waiver by the NCAA in order to be closer to his ill grandmother, Rosemary Moore. Now, closer to his family, hopefully Stokes will be able to improve on his already impressive collegiate career.
Stokes will join Stevie Mejia and Buie in the Pride’s experienced back-court this season. With a now loaded corps of guards, Cassara now has a roster that is more than capable of challenging the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Even though Stokes is leaving the sunny weather in the western islands for the now gloomy land of Long Island, Stokes will definitely be feeling like he never left Hawaii while he’s on the court in upstate New York.
x5Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.