Hempstead, NY (Nov. 28) * The Hofstra Men’s Basketball program signed three players to national letters of intent during the early signing period, it was announced today by Head Coach Tom Pecora.
The three signings include two current teammates at Broward Community Colleg in Florida, 6-9, 250-pound forward Miklos Szabo (Szeghalom, Hungary/Toth Arpad
School) and 6-2, 175-pound guard Tony Dennison (Long Island City, NY/Bryant High School). In addition, 6-2, 165-pound guard Yves Jules (Brooklyn, NY/Canarsie High School) also committed to the Pride.
Szabo and Dennison are in their second season playing together at Broward Community College. Dennison averaged 27.7 points per game as a freshman last year, and was a third-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. He shot an impressive 63.2 percent from the floor over the course of the season, as well as 78.1 percent from the foul line. Prior to Broward, Dennison played at Bryant High School in Queens, New York, where he was second in Division I-A in scoring as a senior at 21 points per game, while scoring over 1,000 points in only two seasons.
Szabo averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds as a freshman last year, and leads the NJCAA in rebounding in the early going this season (17.2 per game). In addition to providing an inside presence, Szabo also has the ability to step outside and shoot, knocking down 40.9 percent of his three-point attempts last year. While playing in Hungary, he won four high school championships at Toth Arpad and was selected to the Hungary Junior National Team.
Jules will also be joining one of his former teammates at Hofstra, as he played at Canarsie High School with current Pride freshman Nathaniel Lester. Jules, who has developed a reputation as a strong three-point shooter, averaged 14 points per game as a junior alongside Lester, helping Canarsie reach the city semifinals. He also received the Big Apple Basketball Academic Achievement Award last year for his performance in the classroom.
“We are extremely excited to have these three young men join the Hofstra basketball family,” said Pecora. “All three of them have tremendous potential, and we expect that they will be able to step in and contribute right away for us.”
Dennison, Szabo and Jules will fill Hofstra’s three available scholarships for the 2008-09 season. The Pride loses senior guards Antoine Agudio (Huntington Station, NY) and Ryan Johnson (Massapequa, NY) after this season and also had one available scholarship, which was not used this year.