Long Island Forward Preparing For D-1 Level

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of Long Island prospect Jordan Allen, who is preparing himself to play division one college basketball for Hofstra ...

The Hofstra basketball program was an attractive option for Jordan Allen, a 6-foot-6 combo forward from Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York.

Allen, who played last season at Bay Shore High School on Long Island, New York, has already given a verbal commitment to the Hofstra program, a team with a young head coach in Mo Cassara.

"I'm excited about the chance to play for Hofstra," Allen said. "I'll do whatever coach needs me to do."


"Everything added up," said Jordan. "They had everything I look for in a school -- great education, great program, a new coach (Mo Cassara)."

Jordan relied upon some close people too to make this very important decision.

"When my father, myself and Gary Charles (program director of the New York Panthers) sat down with coach Cassara, who told me flat out everything is going to be earned," Allen said.

"He felt like I could come in right away and play and be a major factor," Allen continued.

"What was most important to me was the fact that he said that I'm going to have to work and that my reward would come later. That's all I could ask for, only because nothing in this world is given for free."

"I really like the coaching staff too," he said, giving credit to the head coach and the assistants for his decision.

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