Get to know the 2011-12 Hofstra men's basketball team.
By Jordan Gibbons
Cassara is entering his second season coaching Hofstra, after a 21-12 final record and a 14-4 CAA record in his first year. The Pride finished tied for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association, giving the team its best finish since joining the CAA in 2001-02.
High School: St. Benedict's (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
McMillan started the first 11 games for the Pride last year before his season ended early due to an injury. In his first game against Farmingdale State, he scored a season-high 15 points. He transferred from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, where he averaged 10 points and eight assists per game in his final season.
High School: Long Island Lutheran
Allen helped lead Long Island Lutheran to a 23-4 record and a New York State Federation Class A championship in his senior year. He was also nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game.
High School: James Hillhouse (New Haven, Conn.)
Moore comes into his second season at Hofstra as a team captain. He started all 33 games in his first season at Hofstra scoring 14.9 points per game, which was second on the team. He has scored 1,004 points in his college career, counting two seasons at Fordham and one at Hofstra.
High School: Archbishop Molloy/Lawrenceville Prep
Mejia comes into the 2011-12 season after sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer regulations. As a sophomore at Rhode Island University he led the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranked eighth in the country in assist to turnover ratio in 2009-10.
Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, NY)/Winchendon Prep (Mass.)
Imes started all 33 games for the Pride last year and led the team in rebounds per game with 6.8. He averaged 7.6 points and shot 50.5 percent from the floor.
High School: Vero Beach (Fla.)/IMG Academy Prep (Bradenton, Fla.)
McLendon appeared in 32 games off the Hofstra bench last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He hit several clutch foul shots late in games for the Pride and hit a key 3-pointer in an overtime win against James Madison.
High School: Thomas Edison (Jamiaca, N.Y.)
Nwaukoni played in 30 games off the bench for Hofstra in his freshman year. He averaged two points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
High School: Canarsie (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Lester comes in as a team captain after missing the entire 2010-11 season due to an injury. He enters the season with 673 career points, 374 rebounds and 76 assists.
High School: Frederick Douglas III (Bronx, N.Y.)
Kone averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior at Frederick Douglas III in the Bronx, helping his team earn a spot in the championship game of the New York Public School Athletic League “B” Tournament. Rated the sixth-best New York City prospect by MSG Varsity.
High School: Rice (Harlem, N.Y.)
Crowder transferred from the College of Eastern Utah, where he averaged 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He was rated the No. 24 junior college prospect in the country by JuCo Junction and the No. 32 recruit by JuCoRecruiting.com.
High School: Bishop Maginn (Albany, N.Y.)
Buie transferred to Hofstra from Penn State University after playing 11 games in his freshman year averaging 5.8 points.
High School: Archbishop Milloy/Lawrenceville (Middle Village)
Grogan joined the Pride as a walk-on in 2009-10. In 13 games last year, he scored eight points and two rebounds, including a 3-pointer against North Carolina.
High School: Wilson (Reading, Pa.) Taft School (Watertown, Conn.)
Good averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game at The Taft School for one season and averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in his senior year at Wilson High School.
High School: Tilton School (Dorchest, Mass.)
Coombs-McDaniel played two seasons at the University of Connecticut averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Huskies to their 2010-11 national championship. He scored 25 points against Providence and 23 points against Georgetown in consecutive wins. He was also named the National Prep School Player of the Year in 2009.