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Connecticut's Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (4) has his shot blocked

Connecticut's Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (4) has his shot blocked by St. John's Justin Brownlee (32) during the first half as he slipped between Justin Burrell (24) and Paris Home (23) in the first round of the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden. (March 9, 2010) Credit: MCT/John Woike

The Charles Jenkins era at Hofstra is over, but Pride coach Mo Cassara isn’t sitting on his hands waiting for the next great player to come to Hempstead. reported Thursday that former Penn State guard Taran Buie has transferred to Hofstra.

The talented 6-2 point guard, regarded as top 100 recruit as a high school senior, comes with some baggage. He played in just 11 games as a freshman this past season and was suspended by then-head coach Ed DeChellis for violating team rules. Buie was also cited by local law enforcement on two separate occasions.

Buie's off-the-court troubles notwithstanding, he's a primetime talent who could help keep Hofstra in the hunt for an NCAA bid.

Buie is just one of several possible transfers that will keep the Pride on the map for the next few years. Former University of Connecticut forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is expected to enroll at Hofstra. The Pride will also get Rhode Island transfer Stevie Mejia, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, into the mix in 2011-2012.

Hofstra has taken several blows over the last few years, including the transfer of then-promising freshmen Chaz Williams (UMASS) and Halil Kanacevic (St. Joe's) after the departure of coach Tom Pecota (Fordham) at the end of the 2009-2010 season.

But good programs can roll with the punches. And Hofstra, under the guidance of Cassara, finished 21-12 and should find itself in position to challenge for the CAA title and an NCAA bid for the next few seasons.

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