Niagara Gazette

Sports

May 10, 2013

Green, Tanksley sign with Hofstra

Niagara Gazette — Former Niagara basketball players Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley completed their transfers Friday, officially signing with ex-NU coach Joe Mihalich at Hofstra University.

Green and Tanksley join NU recruit Jamall Robinson as players to follow Mihalich to Hofstra, and the list could grow. Mihalich's replacement, Chris Casey, said senior Malcolm Lemmons, sophomores T.J. Cline and Lawrence Johnson, and graduate student Scooter Gillette were all granted transfer releases.

The NCAA requires that schools give written permission to players seeking to transfer, regardless of the reason. The schools have the ability to block the transfer by refusing to give permission, but Casey said the school only blocks transfers to teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference or Big Four rivals Buffalo, Canisius and St. Bonaventure.

The exits leave Casey with five only returning players from last year's team — leading scorer Antoine Mason, senior guard Marvin Jordan, sophomore guard Tahjere McCall, sophomore swingman Rayvon Harris and 6-foot-7 junior forward Joe Thomas.

"It is what it is," Casey said. "We were hoping everybody would stay, they decided not to and I wish them the best. They contributed a lot to Niagara basketball and the Niagara community, but they decided it was time to move on."

Casey recently inked 6-foot-1 guard Karonn Davis out of Friends' Central School in Philadelphia, leaving seven open scholarships for next season.

Casey said the door remains open to Lemmons, Cline, Johnson and Gillette should they choose to return to Monteagle Ridge, but added that he wasn't waiting for them to make a decision to recruit replacements. The NCAA doesn't allow coaches to comment on recruits, but Casey said he believes there are still quality players available.

"In general, there's obviously a number of guys that already signed, but there's guys out there still who can help a team," he said. "You just have to turn over a few more stones to find them."

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on all your local teams.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page