Hofstra picked up a verbal commitment from Yves Jules of Canarsie High School in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The pledge from the 6-foot-2, 165-pound senior shooting guard marks the second player from coach Tom Allen's program to choose the Pride in as many years (Nathaniel Lester is a freshman there), and furthers the trend of Hofstra hitting Brooklyn for talent.
"I think Nat (Lester) really set the tone with basketball players from Brooklyn going to Hofstra," said Jules. "They've seen how he stayed close to home and has benefitted from it."
Jules joins Lester, Bishop Ford point guard Chaz Williams (2009), and junior college transfer Dane Johnson as recent Hofstra pledges out of the borough.
Devon Peterson from Lincoln High School signed a letter of intent with Hofstra last spring but did not qualify academically and is enrolled at Broward (Fla.) Community College.
The connection with Lester played a big part in Jules' commitment.
"I was just real close with Nat and (current Hofstra freshman) Charles (Jenkins)," said Jules. "I took an unofficial visit to the campus and liked what I saw. The graduation rate is very good and it's close to home."
Jules also seriously considered Houston, which wanted him after a prep year. As an extremely young (16 years old) senior who will not turn 17 until December, a redshirt year at Hofstra is possible.
"Redshirting is something I've talked about with the staff," said Jules. "It's an option."
Jules' shooting stroke is what drew Hofstra to him. After his showing at the Eastern Invitational Camp in July, the staff was sold.
"They like jump shooters," said Jules. "And at Canarsie, we shoot it. They questioned my ability to handle the ball and bring it up a little bit (originally). Once I showed that I could do that against good competition (at Eastern Camp in July), they offered me on the spot."
"He jumps extremely well, he shoots the ball extremely well, and he has a nice, smooth jump shot," said Canarsie coach Tom Allen of Jules, who averaged 14 points per game as a junior. "I think Hofstra liked him because he has a good jump shot. He's quick, athletic, plays good defense."
Jules is Hofstra's third commitment of the fall. He joins a pair of JUCO pledges: 6-2 shooting guard Tony Dennison and 6-9 post Miklos Szabo, both sophomores at Broward (Fla.) Community College. Dennison is a Queens native who attended Bryant High School.