Lester Praises Hofstra Graduation Rate

Reporter Brian Towey had a chance to interview Nathaniel Lester about his recent verbal commitment ...

Hofstra's emergence and sustained success has been grounded in local talent, and it looks like that trend will continue.

In the class of 2006, Tom Pecora's program snuck a sleeper out of the PSAL in Springfield Gardens' power guard Charles Jenkins. The program stayed in the NewYork City public school ranks to find Jenkins a future running mate in the backcourt this week, and he's a good one.

On Wednesday, Canarsie shooting guard Nathaniel Lester made it official for Hofstra at a press conference at his high school. His commitment ensures the continued flow of city talent out to Hempstead, and shores up the Pride's backcourt for years to come.

"I liked the fact that they had a 100 percent graduation rate," said Lester. "And the attention that they showed to their guards. I was very comfortable with the coaching staff." Lester also seriously considered UMass. He had previously taken an official visit to UMass. It is believed that UMass's recent commitment from Florida wing Max Groebe took them out of the running for Lester.

Lester has been one of the PSAL's top scorers since his sophomore season. He brings nice size to the wing and a good head for the game. One of Lester's bigger strengths is the fact that while he is a prolific scorer (24.5 points a game as a junior), he rarely forces shots and scores within the flow of the game.

Nathaniel shoots it reliably off the catch and sees the floor well. While Lester is the top prospect in the PSAL's class of 2007, he wasn't a guy who had an overwhelming reputation outside of the city. He led Canarsie to the semifinals of the PSAL playoffs as a junior, coached by the well-regarded Tommie Allen. Lester participated in the ABCD camp this past July, and ran with the Student Athlete-Broncos and the New York Gauchos on the AAU circuit.

Nat said that the Hofstra staff, which had recruited him since he was a sophomore, was drawn to his ability to put it in the hole. The CAA should be an ideal level for him to showcase his talents over the next four years, and we expect he'll be doing quite a bit of that.

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