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Hofstra suspends Coombs-McDaniel and Buie for four games

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Hofstra has suspended UConn transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Penn State transfer Taran Buie four games for violating team rules.

Coombs-McDaniel averaged 5.6 points as a member of the Huskies national title team two years ago, but decided to leave Storrs after his sophomore season. Buie, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, averaged 5.8 points as a freshman at Penn State two seasons ago.

Both players will miss two preseason contests and the first two regular season games.

“We have high expectations for the student-athletes in our program,” coach Mo Cassara said in a news release. “Taran and Jamal will be focused on their academic endeavors, while they continue to be members of our men's basketball team. We look forward to their return, but more importantly they will have to show they understand the responsibilities and obligations of being part of this program.”

Coombs-McDaniel has not practiced lately, sources told CBSSports.com, while he recovers from a knee procedure. There were high expectations for the former UConn Husky when he came into the program, but now it's unlikely he'll be a CAA Player of the Year candidate when he returns from the suspension.

Cassara loses his top two scorers from a year ago -- Mike Moore and Nat Lester -- and will likely go with a youth movement. Cassara brought in four freshmen and returns point guard Stevie Mejia, forward David Imes and big man Stephen Nwaukoni.

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