In the “Roster Update” report from Hofstra Athletic Communications, the program has formally said that redshirt juniors Jamaal Coombs-McDaniel and DaQuan Brown will graduate from Hofstra following this semester.
Coombs-McDaniel, a transfer from UConn who was part of the 2011 NCAA National Championship team, never played for Hofstra this season and will be graduating with a degree in liberal arts with one more year of collegiate eligibility. He dealt with multiple injuries that sidelined him throughout the entire 2012-2013 season and was also recently arrested for marijuana possession several weeks ago.
At this point in time, Coombs-McDaniel could either pursue one more season of collegiate basketball or look to begin a professional basketball career overseas.
Brown, a Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic Second Team selection, averaged 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 21 games this season, but saw his playing role become more important after the program lost four players due to suspensions following a burglary scandal. Brown also has one more season of eligibility for collegiate play.
Both players fleeing Hempstead, N.Y. and the Hofstra program likely comes in the wake of Mo Cassra’s firing after a very messy season that saw six players arrested in total.
With Cassara gone and only four scholarship players currently in the program, Hofstra is about to enter a major program rebuild. That is clearly something a former national champion and an academically gifted young man would prefer to not be apart of during 2013-2014.