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Shaquille Stokes added to Hofstra mix

Hofstra's men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara watches

Hofstra's men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara watches the game from the bench during game Binghampton University vs Hofstra University men's basketball. (Dec. 17, 2011) (Credit: Joe Rogate)

Last season one of Hofstra’s biggest problems was depth in the backcourt, particularly at point guard. The Pride had several injuries early in the season that stunted its ability to get its offense going consistently.

That shouldn’t be a problem this season, especially with Wednesday’s news that Hawaii transfer Shaquille Stokes was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, allowing the sophomore to play this season. The sophomore guard from Brooklyn will join experienced point guard Stevie Mejia and Penn State transfer Taran Buie in a backcourt that is now loaded.

Stokes, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, averaged 8.4 points for Hawaii last season and finished second on the squad in assists (66) and three-pointers (35) made.

Stokes is only part of the puzzle for the Pride, though. With Buie, Connecticut transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Fresno State transfer Daquan Brown, who will be eligible on December 22, Hofstra has transformed itself from possible also-ran status into a contender for the CAA title.

There are also freshmen guards Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin.

This new-look Hofstra squad will hit the floor on November 9 at Monmouth.

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