Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:00 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
As Matt Norlander reported earlier today, former UConn assistant coach Patrick Sellers is headed for an assistant's job at Hofstra. If things break Mo Cassara's way once more, yet another refugee from the Huskies could join Sellers on the bench next season.
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, 6-foot-7 sophomore who logged just six minutes in the national title game, left UConn in a search for more playing time, though his May arrest on marijuana charges probably didn't help matters.
If Coombs-McDaniel does choose Hofstra, he could find the playing time he's been looking for (after sitting out a season, of course). A lanky 6-7 without much bulk or a good shooting touch, the sophomore mostly provided fresh legs off the bench in relief of Jim Calhoun's youthful starters. His 5.6 rebounds per game, even in limited duty, give him a skill to hang his hat on wherever he goes, especially if he uses his transfer season to develop other aspects of his game.
Cassarra had the Pride in the upper echelon of the dynamic Colonial Athletic Association last year in his first season on the bench at the school. The league's profile has grown by leaps and bounds following a 2006 Final Four appearance by George Mason and last year's stunning run by Virginia Commonwealth. Hofstra is in search of the school's first NCAA tourney berth since 2001, when Jay Wright was the head coach, and Hofstra was still a member of the America East conference. Cassara would no doubt find Coombs-McDaniel's services to be very helpful toward that effort in 2012-13. Landing an official commitment from another embattled former Husky could be Patrick Sellers' first order of business.
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