The series of unfortunate events for the 2012-2013 Hofstra Pride men’s basketball team continued Friday morning, when head coach Mo Cassara confirmed reports that transfer Jamaal Coombs-McDaniel will be forced to sit out the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Coombs-McDaniel transferred to Hofstra from Connecticut following the Huskies run to the national championship in 2011. The 6-7 forward was expected to join the team at the beginning of this season after serving a four-game suspension that included two exhibition and regular season contests. He was suspended with fellow transfer, Taran Buie, who came to Long Island from Penn State and sat out the 2011-2012 season per NCAA transfer rules alongside Coombs-McDaniel.
This adverse news is just another burden to heap onto Cassara and company, who have been dealing with nothing but hardships this entire season. From Cassara’s forced evacuation from his Point Lookout, NY home this fall due to Superstorm Sandy, to the team suspending of four impact players in the midst of a huge on-campus burglary scandal, the Pride are a very depleted bunch. Now with a 3-8 record and currently dealing with a six-game losing streak, Cassara is only left with seven active scholarship players. He tweeted how big a loss Coombs-McDaniel was earlier today.
Great kid! RT @nypost_brazille: Hofstra forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is done for year with planned knee surgery, Rough one for Mo Cassara
— Mo Cassara (@Coach_Cassara) December 21, 2012
Hofstra plays Tulane (8-3) on Saturday in the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. A win might be out of the question for this struggling squad, but at this point, they’re just hoping for even the slightest bit of good news and signs of player progression.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.