During the offseason, the Hofstra Pride were very pleased to add UConn transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Penn State transfer Taran Buie to their program’s roster. Unfortunately, the Pride were forced to suspend both newcomers for two preseason games and two regular season games for violating team rules.
Now, the Pride are 0-2 after their first two regular season contests and are ready for their two high-major talents to hit the floor when it really matters. Per Hofstra Associate Director of Athletics of Communications, Stephen Gorchov, Buie will make his Pride debut tomorrow night, Friday, November 16, when the club takes on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at the Mack Sports Complex.
But, Gorchov also stated that Coombs-McDaniel’s debut will have to wait a little longer, as even though his suspension has ended, he is still recovering from an injury. Details of the injury were not disclosed. The Pride could definitely use their 6-7 forward considering they dropped both their opening contests, each by 29 points.
But, the club could also use some key contributions from their other transfer player as well. Former Hawaii guard Shaquille Stokes hasn’t recorded an assist through two games and is shooting a putrid 29 percent from the field.
Thus far, keeping in mind the limitations the program faced due to the second Presidential Debate and Superstorm Sandy, the Pride haven’t really been dealt the best deck of cards to begin this season. With a key player back in Buie, hopefully for head coach Mo Cassara, things will start taking a turn for the better in upstate New York.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.