Middletown’s Eli Pemberton helped bring Hofstra men’s basketball to new heights. Now he has bigger dreams.

He gave himself a little time to get over the disappointment, then got back to work, wherever he can find a place around Middletown. Pemberton, 6-foot-5, a combo guard, can check a lot of boxes on a stat sheet, and when NBA evaluators ask, as they have in his early interviews, what he likes to do on a Saturday night, he could give them the right kind of answer. He forged a college career from under the radar, becoming one of the most durable players in the country, and will now try to forge a pro career the same way, hoping to hook on somewhere after the NBA Draft.

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