Long Islander Excited About Season, Future

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of Jordan Allen, a prospect who is gearing up to have a big season in his senior year before he plays division one college basketball ...

Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara has a big task ahead. But the energetic, young first-year coach got off to a solid start in the recruiting process by landing Jordan Allen, a 6-foot-6 combo forward.

Allen, who played last season at Bay Shore High School on Long Island, New York, is going to compete for Long Island Lutheran, a program that features a very attractive schedule.

"It's a great place for me to play," he said. "I'm excited."

Jordan has plenty to be excited about after landing the scholarship offer from Hofstra, a school that owns one of the best mid-level facilities in the country.

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


"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."

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