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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.-For Niagara University it was bad enough that Joe Mihailch left as head basketball coach. Now the one time favorite son has convinced two key performers to join him at Hofstra.

Juan'ya Green and AmeenTanksleywill have to sit out the upcoming season but will have two years of eligibility remaining when they return to the court for the 2014-2015 season.

The Pride won just seven games last season while Niagara won the regular season MAAC championship. Green and Tanksely were huge parts were huge parts of the Purple Eagle's program. This means new Niagara head Coach Chris Casey now has two gaping holes he needs to fill on his roster.