Joe Mihalich is already making impact at Hofstra, reuniting with Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley after both Niagara players transferred to Pride. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra University)
Joe Mihalich was officially introduced at Hofstra University a month ago tonight, and in his opening statement as the new head coach, he expressed his desire to hit the ground running in his attempt to rebuild a roster with just four holdover scholarship players following a seven-win season marked by the November arrest of four first-year players that helped cost former coach Mo Cassara his job.
Exactly a week after the April 10th press conference at the Hempstead campus' University Club, Mihalich signed New Jersey guard Chris Jenkins, a teammate of Seton Hall recruit Jaren Sina at Gill St. Bernard's in the Garden State, and brought 6-2 point guard Eliel Gonzalez in from Puerto Rico a week ago. Tonight, Hofstra's first-year coach adds three more players to his program, two of whom he is already more than a little familiar with.
Jamall Robinson is a 6-5 guard from Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia, the home of Hofstra adversary George Mason University, now a member of the Atlantic 10. Robinson, who had previously given a verbal commitment to Mihalich at Niagara, averaged eight points per game last season and comes from a winning program, guiding his high school team to 58 wins, a national ranking and a conference championship over his last two seasons.
The other two players happen to be Mihalich's old friends from Niagara, guard Juan'ya Green and swingman Ameen Tanksley.
Green and Tanksley, both Philadelphia natives, announced their intent to transfer eleven days ago following an appearance in the NIT and a regular season MAAC championship while guiding the Purple Eagles to an overachieving 19-win campaign. Green instantly becomes Hofstra's most exciting player since Charles Jenkins graduated in 2011, bringing a stellar career that has saw him earn Rookie of the Year and first team honors in the MAAC, narrowly missing out on the Player of the Year award this past season, while Tanksley's versatile blend of scoring and rebounding will also find a home on the Hofstra front line rather quickly. It should be noted that both Green and Tanksley will have to sit out the 2013-14 season as per NCAA requirements.
Please continue to follow A Daly Dose Of Hoops for additional information this offseason regarding Hofstra and their first year of the Joe Mihalich regime.