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Malik Nichols in Limbo; Coombs-McDaniel to Hofstra
The future of Hofstra signee Malik Nichols remains in limbo.
The 6-foot-5 Nichols, who averaged eight points and nine rebounds for the PSAL champion Kangaroos, is on record saying he will attend prep school next season after finishing up this year at Brooklyn Boys & Girls.
But New York Panthers head coach Gary Charles said nothing has been determined as of yet.
“He signed with Hofstra,” Charles said Wednesday by phone. “It’s not like he just gave a verbal. Until the high school season is over and everything has been done to try to get him eligible, I don’t think we can discuss him going to prep school.
“As of now, he’s going to Hofstra.”
Charles said there would be time after the school year to pick a prep school should Nichols need that route.
“Even though he’s saying that, I have enough respect for Hofstra to allow this process to finish out,” he said. “Whether we pick a prep school now or wait until after the season is over, it doesn’t make that much of a difference.”
Nichols was unavailable for comment.
If he went prep, he would be the second Division 1 prospect from Boys & Girls to go that route this year.
As first reported here earlier, former Rutgers commit Mike Taylor is headed to Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center to play for new coach Rafer Alston. Taylor remains open in his recruitment.
**In other Hofstra-related news, former UConn guard Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is transferring to Hofstra. Read more here.
**Alston, Anderson head into coaching
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