Coombs-McDaniel leaning toward Hofstra

Former UConn guard Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is leaning toward transferring to Hofstra, he told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

"I went down there last weekend and had a good trip," Coombs-McDaniel said. "I like the coaches and the whole situation. The head coach (Mo Cassara) is from Massachusetts. I've known (assistant) coach Wayne Morgan from since I was younger. So it's a good situation."

(The Connecticut Post is reporting that Coombs-McDaniel will indeed transfer to Hofstra.)

Coombs-McDaniel spoke outside a Connecticut courthouse on Wednesday, after being admitted into a state drug education program. He was arrested in April on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. If he completes the program -- 10 drug education classes and 75 hours of community service -- his criminal record will be wiped clean.

The 6-foot-7 swingman played in all 41 of the national champion Huskies' games last season, averaging 5.6 points in 16.6 minutes per contest. He says his decision to leave UConn is simply because he wants more playing time, and has nothing to do with his arrest.