Less than two weeks ago, Hofstra celebrated a 3-0 weekend that included impressive wins over South Dakota State and Marshall.
Now the Pride are pretty much decimated.
The school announced Friday it has suspended Shaquille Stokes, Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin from classes and basketball-related activities after they were arrested on various counts of burglary. Police told Newsday the four players, either acting alone or together, allegedly entered unlocked dorm rooms on six occasions and stole anything from cash, to laptops, to iPods.
It seems highly unlikely any of the suspended four players will be allowed to play again anytime soon, which means it's also unlikely Hofstra will be competitive in the CAA this season. The early wins against the Jackrabbits and Thundering Herd raised hopes the Pride could exceed expectations this season, but they're now down to only six players who have logged meaningful playing time this season.
Of the four suspended players, the biggest loss would be Hall, a highly touted recruit who was having a standout freshman season. In seven games so far this season, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds in 32 minutes per game.
Stokes, a 5-foot-10 Hawaii transfer, averaged 10 points and 2.6 assists in 28 minutes per game. Anglin and Washington, both freshman guards, contributing sparingly in limited minutes off the bench.
The Hofstra incident is the latest blow to the CAA, which has endured as rough a start to the season as any league in the nation.
Already depleted by the departure of VCU and Old Dominion, Georgia State and UNC Wilmington being ineligible for postseason play, the CAA has added to its problems by performing poorly in nonleague play. Preseason favorite Drexel, in particular, has struggled, losing four of its first six games.