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SMU Transfer Brian Bernardi Heading Home, Commits to Hofstra Pride

Dan Dalstra-USA Today Sports

After one season with the SMU Mustangs, New York City native Brian Bernardi opted to transfer closer to home. On Tuesday afternoon, a decision was reported — Bernardi will join the Hofstra Pride.

At 6-foot-2, Bernardi has the quickness and talent level to provide a quick impact once eligible to take the court for Hofstra. Barring a waiver from the NCAA, Bernardi will be forced to sit out the 2013-14 season, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Pride.

Coming out of high school, Bernardi made the choice to head south to SMU and play for newly-appointed head coach Larry Brown. However, after one season, the fit was not ideal for Bernardi, so a decision to move closer to his New York home was the obvious choice. Prior to Tuesday’s selection, Bernardi had also been considering the Fairfield Stags.

During that first season at the collegiate level, Bernardi played more of a limited role, averaging over 11 minutes per game for Brown and the Mustangs. In total, he averaged 3.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. Albeit his numbers weren’t staggering by any means, Bernardi is young, and he is now hoping to develop and take his game to the next level at Hofstra.

The Pride are going through a bit of a transitional phase after parting ways with head coach Mo Cassarra. Bernardi will be among five newcomers joining the program this upcoming season under newly appointed head coach Joe Mihalich.

 

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