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Desure Buie


Hofstra University

BA in linguistics with a minor in fine arts GRAD


Desure Buie graduated in May 2019 with a BA in linguistics and a minor in fine arts. He completed his undergraduate degree with a 3.32 grade point average. As an undergraduate, he earned Dean’s List honors during Spring 2017, Spring 2018 and Fall 18. Buie is pursuing his MS Higher Education, Leadership & Policy Studies as a current graduate with a 3.92 GPA and will graduate in May 2020. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and was a CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection.


It has been a pleasure and a privilege to coach Desure Buie for the past 5 years. A very influential teacher in my life shared a poem about being a teacher once with us.  There was a line in the poem that went like this; “By your pupils you’ll be taught.” That line has stuck with me my entire life and no player that I’ve coached has “taught me” more than Desure. Great leaders get other people “to be who they want them to be.” Desure is a powerful leader. He communicates, motivates and leads his teammates like no other. He demands excellence of himself and inspires others to be excellent as well. He does this both on and off the floor.

He cares about people, which is a quality many people just do not have! This example is worth sharing: Desure became aware of a fellow student-athlete who was suicidal. This student athlete shared his story in an athletic department setting in front of 350 other students. When the student-athlete finished his story, Desure got up and crossed the room and gave this kid a hug. When asked by the person leading the topic if he knew the student before he answered “no, but we are going to be friends now.” Desure is on track to get a master’s degree coming from a family where no one went to college. He is loved by all and he is what is right about of college athletics. He impacts us all daily.


Buie has done extensive community service. He has lent his time at the Barry & Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center Oceanside JCC (clinic), Glen Cove Child Day Care Center (working with kids), Hofstra Move-In Day, Yards for Yeardley, Nassau Kings (clinic), St. Joseph’s Elementary School, North Bellmore Elementary School, California Elementary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and various food drives.


Buie is a member of two Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship teams and two teams that advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. He enters his senior season ranked 10th in program history with 348 career assists.

2018-19: Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, All-CAA Third Team and CAA All-Defensive Team selection.
Played in all 35 games and made 34 starts. He averaged 10.7 points, 5.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. Buie led Hofstra in assists and steals, ranked third in scoring, and fifth in three-pointers. He ranked 25th in the CAA in scoring, third in assists, first in free throw percentage, first in steals and first in assist/turnover ratio.

2017-18: Played in 30 games and made 18 starts. He averaged 6.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game. He led Hofstra in assists and ranked fourth in steals and fifth in scoring.

2016-17: Played in eight games before suffering a season-ending injury. He averaged 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

2015-16: Played in all 34 games. He averaged 3.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.4 assists per game.