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Saturday / May 21.
  • Hofstra’s Silverio granted immediate eligibility

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    Hofstra sophomore Omar Silverio has been granted immediate eligibility after applying to have his required transfer year of residency waived by the NCAA. The waiver was submitted to the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief. 

    Silverio, a native of Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, transferred to Hofstra from the University of Rhode Island. He played in 28 games for the Rams in 2018-19, scoring 52 points, grabbing 28 rebounds and contributing 18 assists and nine steals. 

    “We appreciate the NCAA’s understanding of Omar’s case and are thankful to both the NCAA and Rhode Island for their support of this waiver,” commented Hofstra Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich. “Omar has a very important support system here at Hofstra and with his family nearby we look forward to him becoming an integral part of the Hofstra community.” 

    Silverio attended St. Raymond (NY) High School where he averaged 21 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior. A three-time All-Catholic High School Athletic Association selection, Silverio scored more than 1,000 career points. 

    “I am really excited for both Omar and Coach Mihalich,” St. Ray’s coach Jorge Lopez said. The addition of Omar Silverio is great for the Hofstra basketball program. They are getting a quality player. Omar has worked tirelessly during the off-season and I think he will be ready to have an immediate impact this upcoming 2019-20 season. I think the Hofstra faithful are in for a treat.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.