Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich today announced the addition of three student-athletes to the Pride roster as Juan’ya (JUAN-yay) Green, Ameen (Ah-MEEN) Tanksley and Jamall Robinson all signed with the University and will join the men’s basketball team.
“This is a very exciting day for the Hofstra Basketball program,” commented Mihalich. “The addition of Juan’ya, Ameen and Jamall to our team gives us three additional outstanding student-athletes to showcase to the Hofstra community. These three, along with Chris, Eliel and our current returning players will allow our program to grow into the winning product we know it can be. I look forward to continuing recruiting efforts that will help Hofstra return to the NCAA Tournament.”
The trio joins previous signees Chris Jenkins (April 17) and Eliel Gonzalez (May 4) as members of Mihalich’s first incoming class.
Green and Tanksley are transfers from Niagara and will both have two seasons remaining after sitting out next season, while Robinson will be an incoming freshman.
The duo of Green and Tanksley helped lead Niagara to a 19-win season in 2012-13 under the direction of Mihalich as the Purple Eagles advanced to the NIT for their efforts.
Green, a native of Philadelphia, PA, and a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School, was Niagara’s second leading scorer last season as the scoring machine averaged 16.5 points per game, while draining a team-best 56 three-pointers. He started all 33 games and averaged a team-high 38 minutes per contest and shot 40.2% from the field overall. He also averaged 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds per outing, leading the team in helpers and steals (63).
Green, a 6-3 guard, has received a multitude of awards during his time at Niagara as he was the 2011-12 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year, while also garnering All-MAAC Third Team and MAAC All-Rookie accolades.
This past season, Green was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 1 team following All-MAAC First Team honors being bestowed upon him. Green was also a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Award and was named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team as well. Green has already scored 1,131 points in his collegiate career.
Green played scholastically at Archbishop Carroll in Radnor, PA, where he averaged 21 points, 5.5 assists and four rebounds per game as a senior in earning Catholic League Co-Player of the Year honors. Green, who scored 1,492 career points in high school, garnered all-state, all-Catholic and all-Delco honors during his stellar high school career.
Niagara’s third leading scorer in 2012-13, Tanksley averaged 11.3 points and a team-high six rebounds per outing. Also a native of Philadelphia, PA, and a graduate of Imhotep Charter High School, Tanksley played in every game last season, sinking 44 three-pointers, dishing out 40 assists along with picking up 35 steals.
During his rookie campaign, Tanksley scored 8.7 points and pulled down 5.9 rebounds per game.
A 6-6 guard, Tanksley is a force on the boards and will give Hofstra a player that can assist the squad in a variety of ways.
In high school Tanksley helped guide his team to a 31-3 record during his senior year and was part of two state championship squads at Imhotep. During his final campaign at Imhotep he averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks per outing and was named first team all-state for his efforts.
Robinson, a 6-5 guard, attends Paul VI High School in Fairfax, VA. He helped lead his nationally-ranked squad to a 23-8 record and a No. 18 ranking by Max Preps in 2012-13 and during his junior season the Panthers compiled a 35-3 record and won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship.
Robinson averaged eight points per game for Paul VI and scored in double-figures eight times last season, with a high of 22 points against Good Counsel on February 8. He finished his career at Paul VI as the school’s all-time leader in wins.
Robinson just recently played in the Capital Classic All-Star game and scored 19 points.
Robinson was also a third team All-WCAC selection as a senior and is a native of Cheltenham, MD.
As a junior he averaged nine points and seven rebounds and played on a squad that saw four players receive Division I scholarship offers.