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LONG ISLAND'S HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
LI POSITIVE DIRECTION
Hofstra Team Camp
The Hofstra Team Camp ended in exciting fashion, starting with two excellent semifinal games featuring two big comebacks. Hills East came from way behind to defeat Chaminade in one semifinal, with sophomore sensation Savion Lewis leading a second half charge, and then Baldwin set up a rematch of yesterday's excellent pool play showdown by holding off a furious rally by Deer Park, escaping with a 1 point win after the Falcons came up short on three attempts in the final seconds. The championship game was less dramatic, but still a good game. Baldwin built an early 21-9 lead on the strength of the strong inside game of Zion Stephens, but a left baseline three pointer by sophomore Julien Crittendon and three straight drives by Savion Lewis cut it to 28-25. Stephens hit a nice turn around jumper in the lane to bump the lead back to 5, but another big 3 by Crittendon and a putback by Lewis tied it at 30. A free throw made it 31-30 Baldwin at the half. Crittendon's right baseline three put the Thunderbirds on top as the second half got underway, but a Stephens runner from the top and then his jumper from just outside the lane reclaimed the lead, and he added a running hook shot to make it 38-34 Baldwin. Stephens scored again, this time with a basket from underneath to put the Bruins up by 6, but Crittendon's left wing three kept it close. The Bruins answered with a decisive run, with Jon Smith's basket from underneath, a fast break basket by Matt Trepeta and a baseline jumper by Stephens giving them a 10 point lead with 7:08 to play, and then a Stephens three point play and Norman Wilson's left elbow jumper made it 56-43 with 3:45 left and East was in trouble. They did not fold, however, with a Crittendon drive cutting it to 58-52 with 2:11 to play, and it was still a 6 point game after a putback by Kenny Mathurin with 56 seconds left, but the T-Birds came up empty down the stretch and the Bruins hit enough of their free throws to put it away, with a Stephens fast break dunk capping off his big night and Baldwin's impressive 66-56 victory. In the 3rd Place Game, Chaminade bounced back to defeat Deer Park, finishing 7-1, and Holy Trinity was 6-2, stopping St. Anthonyâs for 5th place. The Friars were 6-2 as well.
There were more good games on Day 3 of the Hofstra Team Camp, with Island Trees edging Bayside in OT, Center Moriches pulling away from Northport down the stretch, St. Anthony's pulling away from Commack, and Deer Park pulling away from Farmingdale, all games that were tight at the half, but everyone was waiting for the big showdown between 5-0 Baldwin and 5-0 Hills East, and it was a good one, with the Bruins surviving a late turnover to hold on for a dramatic one point win. To set the scene, when the players came out for the opening tap, Baldwin star Jared Rhodin was not one of them, missing both of the day's games, so the possibility that the game might be anticlimactic had to cross everyone's minds. But the Bruins are so deep and so athletic, and Zion Stephens and Elijah Bovell both emerging stars as well, and it was the duel from start to finish that everyone had hoped for. East's legit D1 prospect, sophomore Savion Lewis, was amazing right from the start, slicing through Baldwin's staunch defense from every angle and coming up with big plays every time the Thunderbirds needed one, but Stephens stepped up in Rhoden's absence and skillfully led the Bruin attack, riddling the Hills East defense as well, and Bovell added key baskets and big rebounds, and they kept pace with Lewis the whole way. It all came down to the finals seconds, with the Thunderbirds getting two good looks at the basket trailing by one, but they couldn't convert and Baldwin held on for the win. Playoffs start tomorrow, and the possibility of a rematch in the championship game is very real, but 6-0 Chaminade will have something to say about that.
Hills East 5-1
St. Anthonyâs 5-1
Deer Park 5-1
Holy Trinity 4-2
Center Moriches 3-3
Island Trees 2-4
Port Washington 2-4
There are certain events we look forward to every offseason, and the Hofstra Team Camp, with 16 boys varsity teams battling it out for the Camp Championship, is one of them. We started this yearâs coverage on night two of the four day camp, looking forward to what we considered the top matchup of the day between Holy Trinity and Hills East, and other good matchups between Chaminade and Deer Park, and Baldwin and Northport. The Hills East/Holy Trinity game lived up to expectations, but it played out in surprising fashion, with Hills East leading the very competitive game pretty much fom start to finish, led by rising junior Savion Lewis, who was very impressive as usual. Fellow rising junior forward Kenny Mathurin also caught our eye, playing with skill and aggression despite being a classic undersized big man, and so did rising senior Kionoi Nedd and rising junior Julien Crittendon. Tyler Small and Thornton Scott impressed for the Titans, with Small carrying much of the scoring load and Scott knocking down threes and picking up assists with his pinpoint passing. Hills East is one of three teams at 4-0 so far, while the Catholic League preseason favorite Holy Trinity is a surprising 2-2, but they have played one of the most difficult schedules, with their two loses coming to undefeated Baldwin and undefeated Hills East, both AA schools. Baldwin/Northport was one sided, with the Tigers starting out well, but the Bruins came from behind with aÂ vengeance, rolling to a convincing win after their slow start, and Baldwin finished the day 4-0, winning by big margins in both of Tuesdayâs games. Rising senior and returning All New York State player Jared Rhoden, along with Elijah Bovell and Zion Stephens, were all outstanding for the Bruins. Northport pretty much graduated their whole team from last season, so it will take time for them to get up to speed, but they finished day 2 a respectable 2-2, and Baldwin has made everyone look bad so far. Chaminade was also impressive, finishing 4-0, and handled a scrappy but shorthanded Deer Park team fairly easily. Departing senior Mike McGuireâs younger brother Brendan caught our eye as a player to watch this coming season on the always solid and well coached Flyers, and rising senior Kyle Murphy was his relentless self. Deer Park star Darien Jenkins is injured and could not play, but the Falcons have to be happy, going 3-1 without him. Class B Center Moriches was also impressive, with a deceiving 1-3 record, more than holding their own despite playing a tough early schedule against much large schools, and Manhasset looked good too - well coached and hard nosed as usual , going 2-2 so far. We will be there again tonight and will update you again tomorrow. If you want to come watch, games start at 6, with four games going on at the same time every hour, and the last set beginning at 9pm. Not much room for spectators though.
Hills East 4-0
Deer Park 3-1
St. Anthonyâs 3-1
Holy Trinity 2-2
Island Trees 1-3
Port Washington 1-3
Travel Team Updates
Long Island based teams came away with championships at a number of prestigious events:Â The newly formed Salvation Army East Northport AAU programâs 17U/Open Team was co-champion of Basketbullâs 2016 Hall of Fame New England Championships, going undefeated (5â0), and Crown Basketballâs 17U team won the 2016 Hoop Group Spring Jam. In addition, Team Underrated 17U won the Big Shots Big Apple Silver Bracket Championship!
Varsity: All City Panthers
10th/16U: NYC Blue Devils
4th/10U: Long Island Elite
5th/11U: On Point Cyclones
Thornton Scott was having a big game, penetrating to the basket and scoring, kicking it out to open shooters, and stepping back and knocking down long range threes, so the defense focused on him intently as the final seconds ticked down in a tied game. He drew two defenders to him when he took two long steps towards the paint from the top, and as they closed in on him, he found Tyler Small making a perfectly timed cut down the right baseline for an easy basket, giving Holy Trinity a dramatic 66-64 win over Baldwin and the 2016 Kennedy Park Summer League Championship. Scott collected MVP honors, and righly so, finishing with 21 points and at least half a dozen assists. It was a tight game throughout between two teams projected to be in the preseason Sweet 16, and there were lots of lead changes, but the Titans got off to a quick start behind Scott, whose NBA range three pointer put them up 10-4. The Bruins rallied to take a 21-16 lead on a 7-0 run, capped off by a fast break basket by Elijah Bovell and a putback by Jon Smith, but the Titans responded, cutting it to 23-21 at the first quarter buzzer on a right wing three pointer by Cameron Wynter and a coast to coast basket by Scott. Scott tied it as the second quarter got underway, scoring from underneath, Small gave Holy Trinity the lead with a nice turn around jumper from just inside the foul line, and Scott extended it with a right wing three. His second three of the quarter gave the Titans an 8 point advantage, but a Jabeon Bivins right elbow jumper brought Baldwin back within 5 at the half. The Bruins raced in front as the second half got underway, with Bovell spinnng off a defender and knocking down a fall away jumper from the lane, and Derrick Ruffin scoring back to back fast break baskets, but a three pointer by Taj Jenkins stalled their momentum and the teams traded baskets from there right down to the the 1:20 mark of the quarter, when Small's jumper from behind the left elbow off an inbound play put the Titans back on top 54-52. Bovell responded with a three from the wing to give Baldwin another lead as the fourth quarter got underway, but Small answered with a fast break basket and the terrific back and forth action resumed. A foul line jumper by Bellamy Marcus put Holy Trinity up 64-61 with 2:28 to play, but he missed the "and one" free throw and then Wynter missed the front end of a one and one to open the door for the Bruins. Nasin Cylin took advantage, first knocking down a free throw, and then putting back a missed shot with 15 second left to tie it, setting up the dramatic finish. The Titans brought the ball into the front court and called time at the 9.9 second mark, and then came out and exectuted the game winning play to perfection. Small finished with 16 points for Holy Trinity, while Bovell had 19 and Bivens 18 for Baldwin.
Summer League Updates
Kennedy Park Summer League
Holy Trinity 66 Baldwin 64
MVP: Thornton Scott
Baldwin 78 Hempstead 61
Holy Trinity 76 Roosevelt 46
Championship game Tuesday 8/23 8pm
West Babylon Summer league
North Babylon 52 Copiague 45
North Babylon over Central Islip
Copiague over Amityville
Huntington Summer League
St. Anthony's defeated Deer Park in final
Baldwin Summer League
Baldwin 66 Roosevelt 61
MVP: Elijah Bovell, Baldwin
Roosevelt 77 Elmont 62
Baldwin 60 Masapequa 48
Brookhaven Summer League
Large School Championship
Bellport 41 Sachem East 40
MVP: Teandre Rountree, Bellport
Small School Championship
Center Moriches 47 Islip 23
MVP: Sean Braithwaite, C. Moriches
2016 COLLEGE CHOICES
POST GRAD PREPS/TRANSFERS
We're putting the finishing touches on our annual list of players going on to play in college, so if you know of somebody not listed, LET US KNOW!
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood/Stony Brook
Rich Altenord/Hills West/LIU Post
Matthew Antonelli/Island Tr./St. Joseph's
Tim Awosika/South Side/Delhi
Keewan Beebe/Glen Cove/Nyack
Emile Blackman/Hills West/Duquesne
Matt Boranian/South Side/New Paltz
Tahj Burton/Bay Shore/New England C.
Rojaye Campbell/LuHi/Cloud County CC
Malik Clark/Central Islip/Maritime
Dylan Cervini/Comsewogue/Salve Regina
Dominic Cotumaccio/St. Dominic/Hunter
Zach Cummings/Upper Room/Lawson St
Kian Dalyrimple/Hills West/Vermont
Justin Eck/Centereach/New England
Aaren Edmead/Deer Park/N.C. A&T
Andre Edwards/Deer Park/Charlotte BA
Cole Eiber/Herricks/W. New England
Hall Elisias/VS South/LIU Post
Chance Ellis/Freeport/New Mexico State
Matt English/Smithtown West/New Paltz
Daren Faulk Jr/Hempstead/Morrisville St
Troy Feeney/Hewlett/Farmingdale State
Jermaine Fraser/VS Cent/Farmingdale St
Tylik Furman/Bridgehampton/New Haven
Danny Fusco/East Rockaway/Hunter
Bryan Gellineau/Kellenberg/Norfolk State
Tim Greshner/John Glenn/Geneseo
Terry Harris/Hills West/Eastern Michigan
Reggie Hayes/Floyd/Pitt CC
Moody Hassan/Jericho/Suffolk U
Prince Hickson/Upper Room/Philadelphia
Ryan Hickey/Smithtown West/Mercy
Kalif Jackson/Bay Shore/Sullivan
TayQuan Jackson/Bay Shore/Farmingdale
Joe Jeskie/Mercy/Morrisville State
Stefan Jevdjenivenic/Upper Rm/Minot St
Isreal Johnson/Shmpton/Johnson Wales
Nolan Kelly/Mount Sinai/Molloy
Brandon Kennedy Gay/E.H./LIU Post
D'Nathan Knox/Hills East/New Haven
Andrew Lavelle/Long Beach/Dutchess
Joe Leighton/Garden City/Middlebury
Doug Levy/Smithtown West/John Jay
Kevin Little/Wyandanch/Colorado St
Donnell Louissant/Deer Park/Delhi
Charles Manning/LuHi/Quality Ed. Acad.
Mike McGuire/Chaminade/W. New Eng.
Kyle McKee/E.Hampton/Impact Acad
Travis Rob.- Morgan/Elmont/Bridgeport
Damani Myers/St. Mary's/Lycoming
Josh Nicholas/St. Anthonys/St. Francis
Tanner Owens/Long Beach/Salve Regina
Sean O'Shea/Northport/St. John Fisher
Jake Passaretti/Sachem East/LIU Post
Najee Peters/Uniondale/John Jay
Tyler Pierre/Deer Park/SUNY Oswego
MiKing Richardson/Baldwin/John Jay
Tyler Rieger/North Shore/Vassar
Quanel Robinson/Wyandanch/Char. BA
Sam Robinson/Lawrence/St. John Fisher
Joseph Santoro/Island Tr/St. Joseph's LI
Hunter Schenkel/Sayville/New Rochelle
Alex Sorenson/South Side/Delaware
Amir Stevens/VS Central/Cayuga CC
Ivan Tomic/Upper Room/Thomas U.
Steve Torre/Kellenbeg/Peddie Prep
Donnel Toussant/Deer Park/Delhi
James Walsh/St. Anth/New Mexico M.I.
Anthony White/William Floyd/Dowling
Kyle Williams/SJB/District of Columbia
Tristan Wissemann/Shelter Is/New Paltz
French Team Signs Harris
Tyler Harris from Dix Hills has signed to play with Paris Levallois of the French Pro A Basketball League
The Long Island Select 17U Team won the 12th Grade Division of the Northeast Regional Showcase at Montclair State Univ, led by Justin Caldwell (Baldwin HS) 17 ppg and Kyle Catanzano (Kellenberg) 10.5 ppg over 4 games.... The New York Ionians, composed mainly of players from LuHi and The Knox School, advanced to the Championship Game of the April Rumble before losing a hard fought title game. LuHi's Donatas Kupsas led the way.... The LI Elite won the 10U Championship at the April Rumble.
Super League Champs
The Island Garden Super League Champions for the 2015-16 season:
JV Select: Lightning Mitchell
JV Classic: Bellmore Merrick Raptors
8th Grade D1: DAC Marksmen
8th Grade D2: DAC Marksmen
8th Grade D3 Select: Rising Stars
8th Grade D3 Classic: Plainview PAL
7th Grade D2 Select: GAME 7 Jacklin
7th Grade D2 Classic: GCAA Deluca
7th Grade D3 Select: LI Tigers
7th Grade D3 Classic: GCAA Sweeney
6th Grade D1: North Shore Thunder
6th grade D2: Bellmore Merrick Rebels
6th Grade D3: Long Island Panthers
5th Grade East: Rising Stars Colicino
5th Grade West: HHH Ballerz
4th Grade East: GCAA Liberopoulos
4th Grade West: GCAA Reilly
3rd Grade: LIL Cameron
Green Shines At Jordan
LuHi's Devonte Green did it all in the regional game of the Jordan Classic, scoring 9 points, pulling down 7 rebounds, handing out 8 assists, and making 7 steals to help lead the New York Team to a 148-128 victory.
Nassau All-Star Thriller
Team Black pulled away in the third overtime to defeat Team Grey 99-93 in the terrific second game of the Nassau County Exceptional Seniors Doubleheader held at the Town Of Oyster Bay/PAL facility in Hicksville. Team White handily defeated Team Green 75-51 in Game 1 behind 17 points from Valley Stream North's Josh Dennis, 13 from Jericho's Max Rosenbloom, and 12 points from East Rockaway's Daniel Fusco. Lawrence's Adante Oliver led Team Green with 12, and teammate Sammy Robinson had 11. In game two, after Hempstead's Darren Falk had tied the game for Team Grey to send it to the first overtime, Glen Cove's Corey Dinkins hit a dramatic three pointer to send the game into the third OT, where his Black Team pulled away for the win. Oyster Bay's Leo Barretto finished with a game high 17 points for Black and Sam Williams from Sewanhaka and Khalil Zachary from Glen Clove both had 14, while Hempsteadâs Durrell Williams led the Grey Team with 16 points, North Shore's Tyler Rieger had 13, and Kendall Francis from GNS 12.
HERE ARE THE ALL-STAR ROSTERS:
Long Island at Districts
Long Island was well represented at the 2016 AAU Metropolitan District Championships, playing for 7 championships and winning four of them. Lightning/Rossi got the Island off to a good start, nipping the Staten Island Stringrays 56-54 to take the 13U D2 Championship, but then the Scholar Athletes gave up a lead and fell to the New York Dragons 59-56 in the 9th Grade D1 chip. Long Island bounced back quickly, reeling off three straight titles, with the very impressive Open Season 10U team blistering the Gauchos 45-14 for the D1 crown, and the equally impressive East Northport based Salvation Army team pounding Lightning Sky 70-45 to prevail in 10th Grade D2, with Lightning/Wagner finishing the run, rallying and then holding off House Elite 48-42 in 12U D2, but the day ended on a bit of a down note, with the Long Island Elite rallying but falling short to Almighty Force 58-51 in the 11th Grade D2 title game while Crown Sports got caught from behind by Castle Athletics 87-82 in 11th Grade D1.
Thomas Amityville Coach
Former Bay Shore and St. John's star Gordon Thomas, the founder and director of the Alzheimers All Star Basketball Classic and JV Coach at Bay Shore HS, is the new boys Varsity Head Coach at Amityville High School.
Nassau Sports Hall Of Fame
Our good friend Darius Burton, who is well on his way to earning a Hall Of Fame spot as a coach, will be inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall Of Fame this fall for his impressive career as a player - earning All American honors in both basketball and soccer at Baldwin HS! FULL STORY
Baldwin Takes Roosevelt
Baldwin HS will have an excellent team once again this coming season. They won the annual Roosevelt Summer Tournament, playing without returning All New York State rising senior Jared Rhoden, defeating both Amityville and Roosevelt to take the title.
Blackman To Duquesne
Hills West's Emile Blackman decided to finish his college career at Duquesne. Expected to be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer, he was Niagara's leading scorer at 15.4 points per game.
Atkinson Nets Coach!
Northport's Kenny Atkinson was named the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets. STORY
New Stony Brook Coach
Ohio State Assistant Coach Jeff Boals was named the new head coach at Stony Brook University. STORY
Crown's U17 is 16-0 so far this Spring, winning House of Sports (Ardsley), Hoop Group Spring Jam (98 teams in Manheim PA) and N.E. Shootout(64 teams in Rhode Island), where they defeated L.I.'s Salvation Army Northport 57-53 in the semifinals
Open Season defeated the Riverside Hawks 51-26 to advance to the AAU Metropolitan District D1 10U Championship Game, where they will take on the NY Gauchos for the title.
Proud of your Long Island based travel team's accomplishments?
Lightning Busch captured the Zero Gravity Think Pink 10th Grade Division, going undefeated
Out of town teams dominated the grand finale of LongIslandBasketball.com's 2015-16 Tournament Series, capturing three out of the four featured divisions. Westchester's Minutemen prevailed in a contentious Varsity division, M5 Elite from Queens took the 15U crown, the Seaford Heat broke through, dominating the 13U division, and another Queens
based program, NYFAB, prevailed in 10U. Our sincere thanks to everyone on a great travel season!
BIG MAY SHOWDOWN
North Eastern Sports
Long Island Elite
The Team Underrated 17U team won the Capitol City Hoops Classic
The Long Island Rough Ryderz program came back to Long Island with a bushel basket full of championships. The 17U team won the NERR Super 16 Showcase, while theÂ 12u,13u & 15/16u teams all won titles at the Elite Sports Super 32.
The Long Island Elite 16U Team played up in the District Championships, falling in the 17U D2 Championship Game after going undefeated in pool play and winning their preliminary round games by comfortable margins. Elite's biggest kid stands 6'4. The team is made up of all Suffolk County players, the majority East End kids. They have won the Lightning Shootout, Zero Gravity Empire Classic, and the Long Island Basketball.com Spring Championships. and have a 21-3 overall record.
Lightning Wagner 14U won the Rumble In The Bronx and the AAU TBL, a new league for high level teams throughout the Northeast!
All Everything forward Chris Millender from Longwood, one of the top D2 players in the country, has transferred to Adelphi. His previous school, Dowling, closed its doors, so he will not have to sit out a year
Presented by Hofstra University
OSNA's Diallo Drafted
Our Savior New American's Cheick Diallo was the 33rd player selected in the NBA Draft by the LA Clippers, and then he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. STORY VIDEO
Around The Net
Lightning Busch won the NY Metro 10th grade championship. It was the team's 3rd championship this Spring.
Great Title Games
The June Jam Fest at NorthSport was rocking for both the 9th Grade Title Game, featuring the undefeated Rebels and the undefeated Ballers Unlimited squad, and the 7th Grade Title game, which matched up unbeaten NY Adidas and the undefeated team from the new Floyd Travel Team program. In the 9th grade game, Ballers Unlimited came storming back from a big first half deficit to nip the Rebels, and in the 7th, NY Adidas had the early lead, but Floyd drew even and the two teams traded baskets and the lead right down to the wire, with the potential game winning shot rolling out at the buzzer and Floyd holding on for the big win. The LI Impact swept through the 8th Grade Division to earn the title, and the impressive NY Adidas entry pulled away in the second half to secure the 5th grade crown.
Long Island Impact
Our good friend and Long Island legend Gus Alfieri has written a great new book that we enthusiastically recommend about his 1974 New York State Champion St. Anthony's team and what many consider to be Long Island's golden age of basketball. It is now available at Amazon.com, as is his first book - also terrific - about Hall Of Fame coach Joe Lapchick, who he played for at St. John's. REVIEW
Northport Camp Champs
The Northport Tigers Varsity Team won the SUNY New Paltz Team Camp Championship.
Around The Net
by Skip Yutzler/Ask The Ref
Every year the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee meets to make changes to the rules for High School play. As has been the case for the past couple of years, the changes this year are minimal.
1. REPLACEMENT OF DISQUALIFIED OR INJURED PLAYER
A minor change has been made so that a coach now has 15 seconds (instead of 20) to determine his substitute for a disqualified (5th foul), ejected (flagrant foul) or injured player. The sequence is for the official to notify the coach that he has 15 seconds, followed by notifying the timer, and lastly the disqualified player. The timer will sound his horn immediately to signify that the 15 seconds is being timed and a second horn will be sounded to alert all concerned when the 15 seconds are expired. The replacement should have been made by this time. Since these situations can sometimes be hectic, the officials should meet to make sure they are ready to handle the situation correctly and in the right sequence before notifying the various parties involved.
2. FREE THROW SEMI-CIRCLE
The change is simply a clarification of an unwritten interpretation from last season. The objective of this (new) rule is that during a free throw, a player in a "marked lane space" may not enter the portion of the free throw semi-circle where the shooter is located until the ball strikes the goal. This means that both the shooter and the defender (typically the one who has the assignment to "box out the shooter") will have similar restrictions as far as that part of the court is concerned. That is, the shooter can't leave the semi-circle and the defender can't enter it until the ball hits the goal. The defender is still permitted to enter the LANE on the release of the free throw but if he contacts the shooter before the ball hits the goal, a personal foul will be called. If the defender only enters that semi-circle, a "delayed free throw violation" will be called and if the free throw was unsuccessful, a substitute free throw will be awarded. However if the free throw shooter is contacted before the ball hits the goal, a foul will be called. The shooter will get to take a substitute free throw (if he missed.....) and will also be awarded additional free throws (if his team is in the bonus).
3. UNDERSHIRT LOGO
Starting this year, the undershirt and the entire uniform all have the same restrictions. That is, the undershirt can only have one (small) logo (not made clear in last year's rules) but the other provisions remain. The undershirt must be the same color as the predominant color of the jersey. Any non-jersey apparel can match the color of the uniform OR it may be black, white or tan and all these items must be the same color as anything worn by other team members.
4. POSITIONING OF NON PLAYING PERSONNEL
This was an occasional problem, but now it is clarified in the Rule Book. Non-playing personnel (photographers, cheerleaders, etc.) may not be in the area of the free throw lane extended. It's a safety issue as well as a distraction issue.
5. KNEE BRACES AND COMPRESSION SHORTS
The job of the "clothing police" (aka "referees") is getting easier. There used to be questions about what constituted a "knee brace" and what the difference was between "tights" and "compression shorts." Now, if it looks and acts like a knee brace (not a knee pad) that's good enough. And, all materials that show up on arms and legs may have different new-fangled descriptions, but they will all simply fall under the same rules and restrictions as the arm and leg paraphernalia of last year.
Big Changes On LI!
State Championship coach and MSG Varsity Commentator Rob Pavinelli, the Director of the Suffolk Lightning Division of the country's biggest AAU program, will now be running all of his basketball programs out of the SUSA Athletic Facility in Hauppauge after many years at NorthSport in Northport. SUSA is a much bigger and more centrally located facility, just off the Northern State Parkway, and has never had a resident basketball program. Now, overnight, it has a first rate one! Don't despair for NorthSport, however. The Northport based facility still has big plans for its basketball program, and the first step is the appointment of rising star Andrew D'Eloia, the Northport HS Varsity head coach, as its new Program Director. D'Eloia has a 73-15 record, four Section 11 Final Fours, and a New York State Final Four under his belt in just four seasons at the helm of the Tigers. Sounds like a win/win for Long Island basketball!
Stafford Trueheart, a 6-foot-8 forward that averaged 20.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, has accepted a scholarship to Hofstra after being left in limbo by a coaching change at James Madison. Trueheart played for the Canisius team that squeaked by St. Anthony's 51-50 in last season's CHSAA Class A State Semifinals, scoring 16 points against the Friars. Canisius went on to win it's second straight CHSAA State Championship.
NCAA Student/Athlete Guide
Nowhere But Up!
Long Island's Jim Christian took over a Boston College program that has struggled mightily since they let go fellow Long Islander Al Skinner back in 2010, and he suffered through a horrendous 0-19 ACC record last season, but the Bethpage native and St. Dom's grad begins the process of putting his own imprint on the program as his first set of recruits begin to mature. STORY
Larry Brown Resigns
Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, from Long Beach, has resigned as the Head Coach at SMU. STORY
Long Island Profile
It's rare for two players from the
same place to be named NBA All-Stars in the same season, but it's happened TWICE to Long Island, with 16 time All-Star Julius Erving from Roosevelt and Bellport's Randy Smith selected for the 1978 game, and the Doctor and Sachem's Jeff Ruland making the roster in 1983. Smith went on to score 27 points, pull down 7 rebounds, and hand out 6 assists to take the MVP trophy in '78 and Dr. J finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Erving led all scorers with 33 in the '83 game and Ruland had 6 points and 4 rebounds. Smith might be the greatest player you've never heard of. Lightning fast and a spectacular dunker, the former New York State high jump champion and All-American soccer player played somewhat in the shadow of legendary star Bob McAdoo with the NBA's Buffalo Braves. The franchise later moved to California and became the Clippers. Smith is still the franchises all-time leading scorer, was a two time NBA All-Star, averaging 24.6 points and 5.6 assists per game in 1977-78, and was probably best known for not missing an NBA game for 11 straight seasons, an incredible streak of 906 straight games. Despite his spectacular physical gifts, he was only 60 years old when he passed away.
Hamilton New NYIT Coach
North Babylon grad and Iona Hall Of Famer Kevin Hamilton is the new head coach at NYIT. STORY
Time To Say Thanks!
We have been very lucky to have made a lot of good friends through basketball over the years, and it hit us the other day that we don't thank our friends and fans often enough for the support you've given us and all that you've done for us. What prompted it was our discovery that we welcomed our 2 millionth visitor to the site earlier this year without noticing it, and we want everyone to know how thankful we are for the loyalty our advertisers and readers have all shown us year after year, through all our ups and downs, and after so many formidable competitors have come and gone. Thank you so much and see you on the court! - Ted Thomas/Editor
Playing In College
A Game Plan
STEP ONE - TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS!
If you haven't already, go to the NCAA Eligibility Center right now and find out what you need to do in high school in order to qualify to play college basketball as a freshman. There is nothing worse than being a senior and discovering that you didn't take the right courses or get the grades you needed to qualify to play when you easily could have with a little extra effort, but it happens to good players all the time because they leave important things like that up to others instead of taking care of business! Once you know what you have to do and you're putting together your game plan, never forget that you have to work hard to be sure to get what's important to you in life, and work harder than your competition, so if playing basketball in college is what you want, then you have to work harder on both your grades and your basketball skills to get there. There's no way around it. Only serious players and serious students get the privilege of playing in college, so guess what? It's time to get serious! What's the best strategy? Always focus on your weaknesses, both on the court and in the classroom, and spend as much time as you can EVERY DAY working on them. Don't be too proud to ask for help and advice either! You don't have the time to be the best at everything, so let others who are better than you at certain things help you get better too. Use your teachers and guidance counselors as your academic coaches and advisors - they know what it takes for you to succeed, and they will show you and help you if you let them. Turn your fellow students and family membes into your teammates, and do homework with them and study with them just like you practice with and learn hoops skills from other good players. And don't get cheated! Everything you need to be a success in the classroom is there for you at your school - all the advice, support, and resources you can ask for. It's there for the taking, but it won't just drop in your lap. You have to got get it, and when you do, you will get extra time with teachers after school to go over things you didn't understand the first time through, advice from your counselors when things aren't going your way, and support from your friends and other fellow students when you put your heads together with in study groups and study halls and work together to figure things out. The biggest difference between good and bad students is that good students ask questions and do extra work when they don't understand something and won't allow themselves to get behind. That's really the biggest difference! They've learned that once you get behind, everything that comes after stops making sense and the hole just gets deeper, and they're not afraid to look stupid as long as they dig themselves out of that hole. If you're already in a deep hole, your guidance counselor usually has a list of some really good students and even teachers that will work with you one on one to earn a little extra money or community service credits. Use them just like you would a good basketball trainer and dig out! On the court? You know what to do! Again, work every day on your weaknesses and on the skills that separate you from the pack. Become a great free throw shooter and rebounder, set good screens and move without the ball, make good low risk passes, be detemined to be a great defender, and talk talk talk on the floor! And NEVER be critical of your teammates. Be helpful and supportive ALL THE TIME. Those are the kinds of things college coaches look for. Stay in the mindset that you will do whatever it takes for you to achieve your goal of playing college basketball, and never let anybody stop you or discourage you from doing the right thing. If you have the talent and are determined to take control of your future, you will reach your goals. Here is an important tip: Start taking SAT and ACT practice tests as early as you can - even in 8th grade - so you are very familiar with the tests, and don't be intimidated if they are difficult for you. They are for everybody. What you are doing when you start early is learning about what the test is like, and what you need to work on to get a qualifying score. It's just like playing basketball with older kids. It makes you a tougher test taker and teaches you little test taking tricks you only learn from experience. Here's a good one: Believe it or not, many of the questions on the practice tests you find in books or on the internet are the same ones or very similar to the ones they ask on the real tests! So take as many practice tests as you can find and go over and over the questions you miss until you have the right answers memorized. There is no better feeling than seeing a question on the real test that you've gone over a hundred times before on practice tests! Another tip: Make sure you take your first real test in your junior year AT THE VERY LATEST, so you have time to take it a few more times if you need to. Again, never wait till the last minute. I can't tell you how many good players with good grades wait until late in their senior year to take their first test, and then don't get qualifying scores and end up in prep school or junior college when they had the college offer they wanted. What if you don't get qualifying scores or good enough grades? You may have to revise your plans, but nothing worthwhile comes easily. It's never too late to step up and control your destiny! You can always catch up as long as you put in the work, and you're not too proud to ask for help from whomever you can. You're young and time is on your side. Stay determined! Don't fool yourself though. If you don't eventually dig in and put in the work you need to get passing grades or qualifying SAT/ACT scores, you're not going to play college basketball. Period! No matter how talented you are! Prep schools and junior colleges might help, but they can't help if you can't pass a class. You have to put in the work sooner or later, and when you do, there is no better feeling than getting that passing grade and knowing you qualify, especially if you've fallen short a few times. The list of great basketball players from Long Island that never made it to college or couldn't stay eligible once they got there is a mile long, and it includes lots of All Long Island Players and D1 prospects that thought they could slide by without putting in the work. The world has changed. You can't. Don't be the next talented player on the list! Take care of business now!
STEP TWO: Once that's done and your grades and test score sufficient, you can't sit back and wait for colleges to come calling. This is your future and you have to take things into your own hands to get what you want and get the jump on your competition. The best way to find a college is to decide what level you can realistically play at, and then sit down and put together a list of your favorites without taking basketball into account AT ALL. Why? You have to be happy where you go in order to be successful - academically and on the court, and you don't want to have to transfer or stay somewhere you are miserable, so its very important for you to choose schools that are a good fit for you academically, socially, geographically, and financially first, and THEN narrow that list down with basketball factors. Spread your school choices over at least two divisions - D1 and D2, or D2 and D3, and follow the same advice guidance counselors give all students - have one or two long shot dream schools on your list and a few safety valve schools that you're confident you can get into and play for. Once you have your list of say, 10 schools, you really have to do your homework. Look carefully at the rosters and game recaps from last season to see how deep the teams are at your position and when the players at your position graduate. Go through stories posted about transfers and new recruits that have already committed or have been offered. When you find schools that look like a good fit, send a personalized letter (never a form letter) to the head coach and CC his assistants, telling them that you would like to play for them and why, and then lay out your academic and basketball qualifications for them just like you would with your work experience in a job resume. INCLUDE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM BOTH YOUR SCHOOL AND TRAVEL TEAM COACH. Email addresses are usually available on a school's basketball website, either on the roster or on a separate Coaching Staff page. If not, try the schools general directory. I can't tell you how important it is to personalize every letter - the coaches get barraged by form letters, most of which they don't even read. They really appreciate personal letters from a sincere recruit that has done his homework. Use the coaches name instead of Dear Coach, and include things like references to last season and previous seasons, mention the team's record last season, the names of players at your position that are graduating, maybe something from the coaches background, and the teams prospects for next season. Do anything that shows you've done your homework and you really want to go to that school and play for that coach! Don't forget to include your school and travel team schedules and contact info for your coaches and trainers, attach links to highlight and game videos, and give them an email address and a phone number to contact you directly. Then every couple of weeks, send out follow up emails to everyone, adding any new information, and let them know you'd like to come for a visit or workout. Remember, these are your top choices, so don't give up on them easily. Then keep the process going by adding a batch of 5 more schools, and continuously keep adding new schools to your list until you get a real offer. Yes, it's a lot of work, but remember, there are THOUSANDS of good basketball players all across the country trying to get the same roster spots you are, so you have to show the coaches something that nobody else is showing them to get an edge. But don't put all your eggs in one basket when you get positive feedback from a school. Coaches have to find as many candidates as they can to fill their openings, and can't afford not to have backups if their #1 recruit doesn't come through. You just might be a backup, and might not even be the #1 backup! You have to keep going until you get a formal offer, not just interest. Again. I can't tell you how many kids I've heard from over the years that were counting on getting an offer from a particular school and ignoring real offers from other schools, only to find out the school they wanted offered someone else and the other schools no longer have room. Your goal is to get your name in front of as many coaches as you can, all of them looking for players just like you, and get REAL OFFERS. The more thorough you are in researching what each coach needs, and the more schools you contact, the better your odds are at finding the right school. Good luck, and see you on the court!
One of New York City's great Post Season High School All-Star events and an important fundraiser that provides money to pay for wheelchairs for the disabled, the 43rd Annual Wheelchair Charities All-Star Basketball Classic included a Long Island All-Star Team for the first time this year.
Long Island Takes Third
Our Long Island All-Stars redeemed themselves with a convincing 80-60 win over the Queens All-Stars, finishing third in this years Wheelchair All-Star Classic. South Side's Alex Sorenson led the way with 18 points, Northport's Lukas Jarrett finished with 14, and Brentwood's Mike Almonacy with 10. Valley Stream South's Hall Elisias deserves special mention, filling up the stat sheet with rebounds and blocked shots while adding 5 points.
Long Island Gives Up Lead
In Game 2 of the first round of the 43rd Annual Wheelchair All-Star Classic at Riverbank State Park in NYC, Long Island built an 18 point lead behind 17 first half points from St. Anthony's Josh Nicholas, but Brooklyn's balanced attack caught them down the stretch for a 63-58 victory, led by 10 second half points from Gerald Williams of Westinghouse. Jefferson's Rasheem Dunn was Brooklyn's high scorer with 17 points and Transit Tech's Malik Sylla added 13, while Shane Gatling chipped in 11 points for Long Island. In Game 1, Queens also took an early lead, but host Manhattan rallied for 91-78 victory behind 17 points from Chuba Ohams of Putnam Science and 16 by KaShawn Hicks from the MacDuffie School. Putnam's Mamadou Diarra led all scores with 25 for Queens. Brooklyn and Manhattan will meet in today's 7 PM Championship Game once again at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan. ROSTERS AND SCHEDULES
2016 LONG ISLAND
The Long Island All-Star Team that will take on All-Star teams from Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan in the 43rd Annual Wheelchair Classic has been chosen, and our All-Stars are:
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood
Richard Altenord, Hills West
Justin Caldwell, Baldwin
Osbel Caraballo, Upper Room
Kian Dalyrimple, Hills West
Hall Elisias, Valley Stream South
Shane Gatling, Baldwin
Devonte Green, LuHi
Lukas Jarrett, Northport
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Travis Robinson-Morgan, Elmont
Josh Nicholas, St. Anthonyâs
Jose Pabon, Upper Room
Alex Sorenson, South Side
Steve Torre, Kellenberg
D'Nathan Knox, Hills East
Damani Myers, St. Mary's
Our sincere thanks to everyone that tried out and made our task so difficult. There were a lot of outstanding players that did not make the team.
NYS BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
FIRST STATE CHAMPONSHIP
2500 POINT CLUB
ALL TIME SCORING LEADERS
Alex Sorenson/South Side
Danny Fusco/East Rockaway
1000 POINT CLUB
Danny Fusco/East Rockaway
Brandon Kennedy-Gay/East Hampton
Alex Sorensen/South Side
Tristian Wisseman/Shelter Island
Mike Hickey/Stony Brook School
Bill Mitaritonna/Hills West
IF WE'RE MISSING SOMEONE
The Team Green 12u team won the Classic Division at the 2016 AAU D2 Nationals, rebounding from a slow start to reel off four straight wins, defeating The Family-Gold from Michigan 48-34 in the final.
Crown Basketball closed out their spring/summer schedule with their 4th varsity championship, winning the Hoop Group Buzzer Beater.
The New York State
Summer Hoops Festival
With over 50 college coaches in attendance, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York's annual Summer Hoops Festival, which matches up All-Star teams from every region of New York State, concluded Sunday and unfortunately, all of the Long Island teams struggled. In boys competition, Rochester defeated Syracuse 83-71 in the semifinals and Buffalo 75-66 in the championship game, finishing undefeated, and while our two teams lost some close games, neither Suffolk nor Nassau advanced to the championship round. On the girls side, Hudson Valley defeated Adirondack 69-66 in the semifinals and then won the title with a 69-60 win over Rochester. Suffolk did pick up their second win on the final day, trouncing Mid Hudson 82-52, but once again, neither they nor Nassau advanced to the championship round. In the much anticipated Dunk Contest, Rochester's Naz Carter had
Representing Nassau County
Taliq Abdul-Rahim/Valley St. North
Brian Fox/Floral Park
Noah Shy/Valley Stream North
Dami Awosika/South Side
Brandon Grayson/South Side
Gianna Gotti/Oyster Bay
Savannah Augustine/Oyster Bay
Alessia Drevynyak/East Rockaway
Nora Tracy/Levittown Division
Catherine Kramer/Island Trees
Representing Suffolk County
Tim Darby/Bayport Blue Point
Paul Cooper/Kings Park
Matt Hudzik/Ward Melville
Chris Crespo/Smithtown West
Kyle LaGuardia/Smithtown West
Sean Braithwaite/Center Moriches
Billy Mueller/North Babylon
Jake Russo/West Islip
Gabby Aspuru/Sachem East
Sam Schultz/Kings Park
Tiffany Slicklein/Kings Park
Kaitlyn Wolff/Sachem East
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New Hofstra Assistant
Lamar Barrett has been named an assistant coach at Hofstra after spending the last three seasons at Old Dominion. He replaces Akbar Waheed, who departed in May to accept an assistant's job at Georgetown. STORY
Summer Leagues Start
The famous Kennedy Park Summer League begins play June 6/28 with 16 varsity teams participating, the Island Garden Summer League 6/27, the Baldwin Summer League 6/27, and NorthSport 6/25.
Knox Dominates Camp
This years Stony Brook Team Camp was in round-robin format, so no champion was crowned, but the consensus best team was from the new prep school program at the Knox School. They rolled over Brentwood, Boys & Girls, and Scanlan by big margins.
Have You Heard?
Both Southampton and Wyandanch are moving up to Class A from Class B next season.. Two of Long Island's preseason favorites - Baldwin and Westbury, will be in the same conference next season.. The Knox School, a Suffolk County private school that played in a Class C league last season, is ratcheting up their basketball program, and will play a demanding prep school schedule this coming season. SEND US YOUR NEWS!
Long Island Profile
Larry Brown, Long Beach HS
Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Larry Brown, who once scored 45 points in a game for Long Beach High School, had an All-ACC college career at North Carolina and won a gold medal with the 1964 US Olympic Team. He was selected by the then Baltimore Bullets in the NBA Draft, but like many players of his era, instead elected to play in the upstart ABA, where he led the league in assists per game during the league's first three seasons and was named MVP of the ABA's first All-Star Game and All-ABA Second Team that same year. A three time All-Star in his five ABA seasons, Brown holds the ABA record for assists in a game with 23, and when he ended his playing career, was the ABA's all-time assist leader, but it is as a coach that he is most famous. In his 43 year coaching career, he became notorius for jumping from team to team, but in the process, became the only coach in basketball history to win both an NBA and an NCAA Championship, and the only coach in NBA history to lead eight different teams to the playoffs. Currently head coach at SMU, he has amassed 1598 career victories through this past season, won 4 Coach Of The Year awards, and led 6 teams to national championship games (Four pro teams, with his Detroit Pistons team winning the NBA title in 2004, and two NCAA teams, with his 1988 Kansas winning the NCAA Tournament). His current SMU team is under NCAA sanctions after committing recruiting violations. It is the third time a Brown coached NCAA team has been sanctioned, tarnishing his reputation as one of basketball's all-time greatest coaches.
2016 AAU DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 AAU Metropolitan District D1 and D2 Championships were held Monday, May 30th at the Island Garden in West Hempstead, NY. No one program was dominant this year, with the NY Rens taking 3 titles and Castle Athletics, the Long Island Lightning, and the Riverside Hawks all taking two. Here are the complete results in D1 and D2:
12th: Minutemen 54 Castle 73
11th: Crown 82 Castle Athletics 87
10th: Castle 50 NY Lightning 68
9th: Scholar Ath 56 NY Dragons 59
14U: Gauchos 92 vs Castle 54
13U: NY Rens 54 Rens 50
12U: Court Masters 44 vs NY Rens 39
11U: Riverside 55 New Heights 49
10U: Open Season 45 Gauchos 14
9U: Gauchos 19 NY Rens 48
8U : NY Rens 46 vs Riverside 43
11th: LI Elite 51 Almighty Force 58
10th : Salvation Army 70 LIL Sky 45
15U: LIL Paci 55 SI Patriots 63
14U: LIL Foti 45 Riverside Hawks 57
13U: LIL Rossi 56 SI Stingrays 54
12U: LIL Wagner 48 House Elite 42
11U: NY Lightning 43 DAC 49
10U: Queens Elite 37 Gauchos 53
9U: DAC 27 Running Royals 24
D1 District Semifinals
Two of Long Islandâs top 17U teams, Crown Basketball and the Rising Stars, faced off in the AAU D1 District Semifinals, and it was a terrific game, with Crown rallying to defeat the Rising Stars 79-76 in overtime to advance to the 2016 District Championship Game. Crown will take on Castle Athletics in the final on Championship Monday, May 30th. Castle advanced with a forfeit win over the New York Lightning. LuHi's Harrison Warnock opened the scoring for the Rising Stars, knocking down a three pointer from the left foul line extended, but seconds later, Longwoodâs Tyler Hammond answered with a three from the right foul extended and you knew it was going to be a good one. Jaden Suttonâs baseline drive and reverse layup made it 9-5 and Mt. Sinaiâs Nolan Kelly nailed a three pointer to make it 12-7 Rising Stars, but Andrew DeSantis from Garden City kept it close with a baseline three and then Cam Wynter from Holy Trinity scored a fast break basket to tie it at 12 with 11:22 to go in the half. Hicksvilleâs Connor McPartland retook the lead with a fade-away from the lane, and Kelly scored on the break to put the Rising Stars up 16-12, but the Putney Schoolâs Tucker Quinn hammered home an impressive put back dunk to interrupt. Kelly answered with a left baseline three pointer, and North Babylonâs Billy Muller nailed a jump hook from the low post and Kelly scored again on the break to put the Stars up by 8, and the lead was 12 after Plainview's Jack Stafford drained his second left wing three, but a DeSantis fast break basket brought the lead back down to single digits, and Uniondale's Kyle Harding knocked down a three from behind the right elbow and Hammond a short jumper from the lane and Crown trailed by only 2 with 4:15 to play in the half. Port Washington's Jake Block held them off with a drive, but DeSantis made a nice hesitation move from the top and scored and Harding went coast to coast through traffic to tie it at 33 with 2:35 left. Stafford answered the call for the Stars, scoring on a drive from the top to put them back in front, but Chaminadeâs Kyle Murphy spun off a defender and scored to tie it again. Kelly, who had 13 first half points, drilled a left wing three as time wound down and then two free throws by Sutton just before the buzzer made it 40-35 Rising Stars at intermission. Muller backed in and scored from the low post to put the Rising Stars up by 7 as the second half got underway, but Murphy answered from underneath for Crown, and the teams traded baskets and free throws down to the 11:15 mark, when Hammondâs fast break basket and then his two free throws cut it to 52-51. LuHi's Brandon Jacobs, who had 17 second half points, stepped up, knocking down his third three pointer of the half to hold the lead, but Wynter answered with a left wing three for Crown, and then his steal and fast break basket put them up 56-55 with 9:45 to play. Sutton retook the lead with a jumper from just behind the foul line, and the teams went back and forth down to the 4:13 mark, with Muller scoring off a nice pick and roll to put the Rising Stars up by 2, and Brendan McGuire countering with a right wing three pointer for a 67-66 Crown advantage. The back and forth continued right to the buzzer, with both teams hitting big shots and free throws and the lead going back and forth, but it was two missed free throws that sent it to overtime - 1 by each team. Crown's 1 out of 2 had them clinging to a 2 point lead as Jacobs stepped to the line for the Rising Stars. He was fouled on a three point attempt with 4 seconds on the game clock, and he drained the first two in clutch fashion to tie it, but the third shot rolled out and Crown came up empty on the other end to send the game into OT. Harding drew first blood in the extra session, plunging to the basket through traffic to give Crown the lead, but Jacobs tied it again with a nice baseline drive. There were just 32 seconds left when Wynter made a huge steal and drew a foul call, knocking down both free throws to put Crown up by 2, and after another crucial Stars turnover with seconds remaining, a free throw by DeSantis gave Crown the three point victory and a spot in the D1 District Championship Game. In 10th Grade D2 action, another Long Island team, Salvation Army, advanced to the Championship game, rolling past Middletown's Finest 69-42. They will face Lightning Sky, a 70-62 winner over Lightning Busch.
Around The Net
Stories from around the internet that we think you will find interesting:
In a Texas case involving one of the nation's top ranked high school basketball teams, the University Interscholastic State League's executive committee rejected an appeal by two players and upheld 20 forfeits that destroyed a 21-0 start to the season. Players Grant Jackman and Hayden Baker were found to have violated UIL rules regarding amateur status by accepting money as assistant coaches for a local Little League BASEBALL team. Jackman and Baker were paid $1,500 between February and April to do what has been described as "grunt work" such as keeping the scorebook, helping youngsters put on equipment and collecting baseballs. The players returned the money and the school self-reported the violation.
We're proud to annouce that we welcomed our
Long Island Lightning/Wagner 14U capped off a dream season by winning the 2016 AAU D2 National Championship! They also won the Rumble In The Bronx this season and a long list of other tournament titles!
Max Caspi #33
Kieran Dorney #32
Jagger Fernandez #15
Bryce Harris #7
Aaron Jaffee #23
Zed Key #14
Kenny Lazo #2
Carlton Parris #12
Brandon Pizzingrillo # 25
Bora Soybas #21
Brandon Weiss #8
Greenport's Boulevard Boyz dropped their first two games at the AAU 14U Nationals, but reeled off 4 straight wins to capture the D3 Classic Bracket Championship.
West NorthSport Champs
Smithtown West rolled to the NorthSport Summer League Varsity Championship, defeating Salvation Army 57-37 to finish the season 9-0. The Bulls began to pull away when Chris Crespo knocked down a three from behind the left elbow, followed it with a coast to coast basket, and then Mike Gannon got his own rebound and scored, and followed that with a right wing three pointer to make it 30-14 Smithtown with 1:41 to play in the half. West was never seriously threatened after that.
The Brentwood High School program has been racking up win after win and producing college level talent year after year in recent years, and it looks like that trend will continue well into the future, with rising sophomore Jordan Mosley and rising freshmen Zed Key and Bryce Harris all coming off excellent travel seasons and hoping to contribute to the 2016-17 squad. Key (above) has all the marks of Long Island's next dominant big man, while Mosley and Harris will continue the program's tradition of producing outstanding backcourts.
All is not golden for the Indians, however. It looks like Lester Quinones, who was expected to be one of the stars of this year's team and a strong candidate for All Long Island and all New York State honors, has unexpectedly left the team and will be attending Upper Room.
The Long Island
A historic event recently occurred on Long Island when the leaders of our basketball community all came together as a group, for the first time ever, in what will surely come to be known as the First Annual Long Island Hoops Summit. The purpose of the gathering was to welcome the new Long Island Nets D League franchise to the community, but thanks to the Nets and their impressive staff, it turned out to be much more than that. It became an outstanding three hour long discussion, with everyone sharing ideas and offering solutions on how to improve and promote basketball on Long Island at all levels. The Nets jumped right in, emphasizing their commitment to the process and their willingness to pitch in and help in any way they can. Ideas discussed ranged from doubleheaders featuring big high school games and Nets games, exciting college match-ups and Nets games, high school and college showcases, a post season High School All-Star Game, and all at a beautiful new Nassau Coliseum! Grassroots youth basketball was also a hot topic, and we all agreed that there has to be a special emphasis placed on it, and that we have to give youth coaches the training and tools they need to help them develop the next generation of players. You couldn't help but be excited by the prospect of this diverse group of community leaders working together to raise the level of basketball on Long Island for everyone. The assembled hoops fanatics were particularly pleased to hear that the Nets plan to make their games the perfect outing for hoops loving families, creating a fun atmosphere for kids of all ages and keeping ticket prices affordable to all. Rest assured, this historic event will now take place on a regular basis, and hopefully, be the first steps in our quest to bring about the next Golden Age of Long Island basketball!
Basketball Coordinator, Section 8, NYSPHSAA/Head Coach, Jericho HS
IPPSAL/Head Coach, Long Island Lutheran HS
Vice President, Business Operations, Long Island Nets
Program Director, Police Athletic League of Nassau County (PAL)
Suffolk County Basketball/Camp Director, The Shooters School/Head Coach, Huntington HS
Coordinator, Community Relations, Long Island Nets
NSCHSAA/Head Coach, Holy Trinity
Governor, AAU Metropolitan District/Director, Lightning AAU Program/President, Island Garden
President, Nassau County Basketball Coaches Association/Head Coach, Elmont High School
Community Affairs, Nassau Coliseum
Marketing Coordinator, Long Island Nets
Basketball Committee State Chairman and Section 11 Basketball coordinator, NYSPHSAA/Retired AD
NSCHSAA/Head Coach, Kellenberg HS
Head Coach, Hofstra
Head Coach, Long Island Nets
Assistant General Manager, Long Island Nets
Coordinator, Administrative Services, Long Island Nets
Head Coach, LIU/Post
Director, Long Island Elite AAU Program/Head Coach, Center Moriches HS
Long Island Rep, New York State Sportswriters Association/Editor, LongIslandbasketball.com
Head Coach, SUNY Old Westbury
Senior Director, Programming, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment/Nassau Coliseum
Head Coach, Nassau Community College
Our sincere thanks to everyone!
See you on the court!
It's 6 am on a beautiful summer morning at Bolden Mack Park in Amityville, and already, the sounds of bouncing basketballs fill the air. The courts of Bolden are the center of the basketball universe in this part of Long Island - the place where legends Mike James, AJ Price, Jason Fraser, Shelton Jones and other local heroes spent countless hours developing and refining their games, but on this morning, the future has gathered - 70 strong, with their own inspirational stories still works in progress. The signs of late night pick-up games and parties are scattered throughout the park, but this determined group - boys and girls of all ages - show up here day after day as the sun rises, all with anÂ unmistakable commitment to basketball and to themselves, and comfortable in the knowledge that their competition is still fast asleep. The commitment is not just by the players, but also by the parents and siblings gathered on the sidelines, who provide the moral support and encouragement, and of course, rides to the park, sometimes from long distances. The amazing man responsible for this early morning mass at the church of hoops is one of those local heroes - Shabue Mosley, who starred at Copiague High School and at Suffolk and Dowling, and is now the Girls Varsity Head Coach at Amityville High School. You'd never know it, but Coach Mosley suffers from MS. He'll talk to you about it, but only so you understand what he means when he says "There are things I want to accomplish while I still can, and this is one of them." He is very capably assisted by another local hero, long time friend Damon Dudley, and it doesn't take long to see that the two men are both completely devoted to helping these local kids live out their dreams, eagerly sharing their love for the game with them and passing on the lessons they have learned over the years, both on and off the court. They are fortunate to have the help of a passionate staff, there to provide that added personal attention that only extra sets of trained eyes can provide. But this is no open gym - no free for all - no babysitting camp. The kids all know they are there to work, and that the focus is on fundamental skills and conditioning. The players separate, breaking up into into age and skill groups, and looking around, nobody is going through the motions as the drills begin - not players or coaches. Everyone goes hard every time, and the coaching staff constantly circulates through the drill lines, offering encouragement and taking players aside to correct mistakes. Its an efficient and demanding workout that lasts for 2 hours but goes quickly, wrapping up at 8, when some of the kids head off to the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where the good people there provide them with a free breakfast, while others are off to meet up with their travel teams and schools teams for practices, games and summer tournaments, knowing they are one step ahead of everyone else they will play against that day. Coach Mosley explained his philosophy: To him, the 6 am start time is a test - a way to make sure that every kid that comes to these workouts is 100% committed to improving themselves and to reaching their full potential, and has the full support of their families. They have to be willing to skip late night parties and hanging out with friends for the opportunity to live out a dream, and for that reason, he demands 100% from them 100% of the time. Who attends? It starts with the little ones - full of energy and enthusiasm - many of them surprisingly skilled. Dudley works with them and he's good at it. Then you see the older players, who work with Mosley, some of them just starting to build their reputations, like 8th grade phenom Zed Key, and coach Mosley's own son Jordan, a very talented 9th grader, and of course the established varsity level players, getting in that extra work that will separate them from the pack, and college level talent, like CI's Brandon Hodge and Copiague's Andre Morgan, taking the big next step. There are also players working their way back from injuries, inspirationally pushing themselves to get back into game shape. An unexpected moment - former Amityville star Kavion Green, the confident, soft spoken star of the Nassau Community College team that went to the NJCAA Final Four this past spring, stops by just to say hello and offer a few encouraging words to the kids during a break. Community! Thatâs what it's all about here. A very talented group of people, brought together by a common history and a shared passion, working together to accomplish great things! Great stuff! Great camp!
There were about 150 aspiring pros at the tryouts for Long Island's new NBDL franchise, and the players were put through the paces by LI Nets Coach Ronald Nored and his staff, all hoping to earn an invitation to training camp. Lots of familar faces as you might guess, but those that stood out were: Akeem Bennett/West Hempstead, Anthony Cox/Malverne, Darien Davis/Longwood, JJ Moore/Brentwood, Harris Wichard/Bellmore, and Brandon Williams/Baldwin - all of whom caught the eyes of the coaching staff - a very difficult task with such a big turnout. Best of luck to all!
MSG Varsity Changes
I guess it was inevitable, given their high operating costs and lack of advertisers, but it’s been sad to see the dismantling of MSG Varsity in recent years, especially the big drop off in the quantity and quality of their basketball coverage. That process continues, with the once impressive sports network electing not to renew the contract of studio host Mike Quick, who has been the face and voice of MSG Varsity since it began. Here’s hoping their drastic cost cutting measures find an equilibrium point before they disappear altogether.
SUMMER LEAGUE CHAMPS
The following teams won Varsity Summer League Championships:
Large School: Bellport
Small School: Center Moriches
Town Of Oyster Bay/PAL
If you know of any Long Island based varsity summer league champion not listed, LET US KNOW!
Stony Brook Offers Lewis
Returning All-New York State point guard Savion Lewis from Hills East has received an official offer from D1 Stony Brook - his second D1 offer so far. Lewis has already attracted the interest of a long list of top college programs, and he and his teammates are looking forward to a big year, which will include a non-league match-up with powerhouse Long Island Lutheran.
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Hayn Joins Rutgers Staff
Former USMMA and Dowling Head Coach Steve Hayn has joined the mens coaching staff at Rutgers.
Edwards Joins NYIT Staff
Former St. John The Baptist and Wyandanch Head Coach Andre Edwards, GM of the Team Underrated AAU Program, has joined the men's basketball coaching staff at NYIT.
BASKETBALL COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Let everyobody know about your Long Island based event, and stay on top of what's happening in our basketball community!
TRAVEL TEAM UPDATES
The Game 7 Jacklin 13u team capped off a great year by going 4-0 in the Summer Splash Tournament, finishing the season 51-18. This is the same team that won the 7th Grade AAU Division of Island Garden Super League.
The LI Lightning/Mitchell 15U Team came from 26 down at the half to defeat the Tennessee Express 66-62 and win the Classic Bracket Championship at the AAU D3 Nationals!
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Kelly New St. Dom's Coach
Mike Kelly has been named the new Boys Varsity basketball coach at St. Dominic High school, replacing Bruno Cotumaccio. An assistant at Adelphi the past two seasons, Kelly began his basketball coaching career in 2005 at Hofstra as a part of Tom Pecora staff and followed Coach Pecora to Fordham University in 2010.
Tu Holloway Signs In Italy
After two years of putting up big numbers in the D League, Hempstead's Tu Holloway has signed a contract with Vanoli Cremona of the Italian A division.
Zed Key Hoop Group MVP
Brentwood's Zed Key, an important member of the 14U AAU National Champion Lightning/Wagner team, was named MVP of the Hoop Group Fab Frosh All-Star Game!
NETS LOCAL TRYOUT
The return of professional basketball to Long Island came one step closer to reality when the Long Island Nets, the new D League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, selected 12 players in the NBDL Expansion Draft and then announced an open tryout for local players on September 24th at LIU/Post. Those invited to camp from the local tryout will compete against invited free agents, players taken in the Expansion Draft, in the regular NBDL Draft, and players from the NBA Draft and from the parent team roster. The season opens Friday, November 11th.
Fall Hoops Festival
Saturday, October 22nd
ONE OF OUR BIGGEST AND BEST TOURNAMENTS OF THE YEAR!
Divisions from Varsity on down. You will play a demanding three games all in one day against strong competition from all over the region. We'll give you a nice tight schedule - no sitting around all day long - and you won't have to hop from facility to facility or drive back and forth, and no hotels are needed! Best of all, the rest of your fall weekend is free!
There will be MVP's and All-Tournament Teams selected in every division, internet coverage, and Olympic style medals for the champions. Hope You Can Join Us!
LIU Post Skills Clinic
Head Coach Eric Smiles and the coaching staff of LIU Post will be conducting a Skills Clinic on Saturday, October 1st DETAILS/REGISTER
New Exposure Event
Both Nassau and Suffolk County will be sending teams to the iWork Showcase on October 11th at the College Of Staten Island, a new college exposure event for seniors that has grown steadily since its inception. The Nassau team will be coached by Kellenberg Assistant Coach Chris Lyons, and the Suffolk team by Center Moriches Varsity Head Coach and Long Island Elite AAU Director Nick Thomas. They will compete against squads from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
Tsikitas To St. Mary’s
Nick Tsikitas, a former assistant coach at St. Dominic, has been added to the staff at St. Mary’s. Tsikitas is the founder of the Heat Elite AAU program.
Columbus Weekend Tourney
A basketball tournament will be held October 9th and 10th at the Sports Arena in St. James (Suffolk County). DETAILS
The Seaford Heat 13U Elite Team won the championship at the LL Cool J Tournament in Queens.
Longwood HS won the Varsity Division Title at The Hamptons Summer Classic
Team Camp Results
With good teams from all over the Metropolitan Area, Farmindale State Team Camp has quickly become one of the best around, and there were some outstanding matchups this season. Here are this years results:
St. Anthony’s 57 Brentwood 55
Monsignor Farrell 45 Saunders (Yonkers) 44
St. Peters (Staten Island) 78 Hills East 52
Holy Cross (Queens) 69 Copiague 62
Holy Trinity 64 Kennedy Catholic 52
Plainview 47 Northport 28
St. Anthony’s 51 Saunders 34
Msgr. Farrell 55 Brentwood 52 2OT
Holy Cross 65 Hills East 56
Copiague 56 St. Peter’s 53 OT
Kennedy Catholic 59 Plainview 52
Holy Trinity 53 Northport 42
Most Popular HS Sports
According to the most recent numbers, basketball is the most popular boys high school sport in New York State, based on the number of teams fielded. Here they are:
Track & Field 674
I have to admit, I got a chuckle out of Lacrosse trailing Bowling.
2016-17 Season Notes
First day for public school tryouts/practices is November 14th, and the season begins November 26th. Suffolk school teams can play 20 regular season games this season, up from 18. Nassau schools remain at 19.... Catholic Schools can start November 11th, and play 24 games, and Private Schools that are NYSAISAA members can start October 31st, and can play 23 games
Find school vacancies HERE
The Long Island Positive Direction AAU program was the Midget Division (14U) runner-up at the IS 8 Summer Tournament.
Friends Takes Title
Friends Academy defeated Cold Spring Harbor to capture the NCPAL/TOB Summer League Varsity Championship
Lightning Cameron won the Island Garden Varsity Summer League Championship
Friends Academy won the TOB/PAL Varsity Summer League Championship
In an excellent NorthSport Summer League JV Championship Game, LIL Finch dug themselves out of an early hole to nip the top seeded Warriors 44-41, with two pressure packed free throws by Brandon Goldberg at the 51 second mark putting them ahead to stay.
Game 7 won the 8th grade Championship and LIL Wagner the JV Championship at the Lightning Fall Tournament
TU Bunky Reid Champs
Team Underrated won the 17U Division Championship at the Bunky Reid Summer League, finishing the season undefeated. Congrats to Coach Kev and Coach Lee for a job well done. Mike Scaffidi-Deer Park, Dabein Walker-Wyandanch, Jay Feliz- Queens High School for Teaching, Chris Kelly-Queens High School for Teaching, Kenny Robinson-Floyd, Alec Downes-SJB, Ky Mcintyre-John Glenn, and Kendall Robinson-Floyd.
The following players have been selected to play in the Nassau County
Top 40 All-Star Doubleheader
Sunday, October 16th
at the Hicksville PAL Center
The Nassau County Public School All-Star Team that will face off against the Suffolk County All-Stars will be chosen from the players invited to participate in this game. Congratulations to all who made it and thank you to everyone that came down to play and volunteer. Players, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your game time.
GAME 1 - CHANGE 2:00 PM
Jabeon Bivins, Baldwin
Giovanny Brice, Sewanhaka
Rajah Mayo Jr, Freeport
Jalen Rosemond, Calhoun
Timothy Santana, Roosevelt
Warren Shivers, Lawrence
Jack Stafford, Plainview JFK
Zion Styles, Uniondale
Kevin Voigt, Massapequa
Danny Wilson, Locust Valley
Rahim Akinwumni Sewanhaka
Tommy Ammendola, Massapequa
Parker Appel, Locust Valley
Dominick Arcordia, Valley Stream So.
Matthew Gonzalez, Carey
Kobe Hewlett, Uniondale
Alyjah Hill, Hewlett
Xavier Merriweather, Pt. Washington
Daniel Sarpong, Valley Stream So.
Jaisym Smith, Roosevelt
GAME 2 - CHANGE 3:30 PM
Jacori Clemons, New Hyde Park
Jonathan Diachok, Seaford
Patrick Gardner, Calhoun
Connor McPartland, Hicksville
David Moore, Elmont
Victor Olawoye, Elmont
Frankie Phelan, Floral Park
Noah Shy, Valley Stream North
Osbourne Trail III, Valley Stream So.
Norman Wilson, Baldwin
Michael Baierlein, Massapequa
Brian Fox, Floral Park
Brandon Grayson, South Side
Sean Gutfleisch, Wantagh
Conrad Ihaza, Elmont
Khalid Ketchen, Westbury
Joseph Langan, New Hyde Park
Jaylin Miller, Elmont
Anthony Reilly, Oyster Bay
Ian Rieger, Baldwin
Darius Burton To HOF
Our good friend and the outstanding basketball coach of the Baldwin Bruins, Darius Burton, was inducted into the Nassau County Hall Of Fame last night for his incredible career AS A PLAYER! His bio from the ceremony reads:
DARIUS BURTON, JR. – ATHLETE – Burton was an All-County and All-American athlete in both soccer and basketball. The Baldwin High School graduate went on to play basketball at Hofstra University. He returned to Baldwin High School to continue his outstanding athlete career as a Physical Education and coach at his alma mater.
Our heartfelt congratulation go out to him, and to all recipiants, past and present, of this great honor. It won't be long until Darius is inducted as a coach too!
NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
Tips For First Time Coaches
It was a great privilege to be one of those that attended the coaching clinic given by Iona Coach Tim Cluess and Hofstra Coach Joe Mihalich at NorthSport in Northport. Not only are they both outstanding coaches, but gifted speakers and clinicians. Coach Cluess explained his offensive philosophy and demonstrated his secondary break and some of his favorite shooting drills, and Coach Mihalich explained how he creates a good rapport with his players, and demonstrated a press break, a sequence of inbound plays, and a few wrinkles to the famed shell drill. Great stuff, and great to see that every level of basketball coaching from every corner of Long Island was represented, from beginners to Hall of Famers.
Coming off a 24 win season, the Pride have put together a terrific schedule this season, highlighted by their matchup with Kentucky at the Barclays Center on December 11th. Here is their schedule through December:
11/11/2016 Coppin State
11/15/2016 at Sacred Heart
11/18/2016 at Manhattan
2016 Gulf Coast Showcase, Estero, FL
11/21/2016 vs Bradley
11/29/2016 at Columbia
12/03/2016 at Florida Atlantic
12/06/2016 St. Bonaventure
12/11/2016 vs Kentucky at Barclays
12/13/2016 Stony Brook
12/31/2016 at Delaware
Coliseum 6 Months Away!
The new Nassau Coliseum will open on April 5, 2017, following a 20-month, $261 million renovation of the 44-year-old facility. Long Island legend Billy Joel, who put on the last show at the old arena, has the honor of opening the new one. The Long Island Nets, the new NBDL franchise of the Brooklyn Nets, will call the Coliseum home starting with the 2017-18 season. 10/16
There are still a few spots to fill before the season starts! OPENINGS
Warney's First NBA Camp
Stony Brook's all-time greatest player attends his first NBA training camp.
Dowling had a solid basketball team last season before the doors closed, and almost all of the kids were from Long Island, so we thought you might like to know where some of them ended up:
Tristan Brown/Roberts Wesleyan
Ali Mableton/Farmingdale State
Miking Richardson/John Jay
The Heart Of A Champion!
Our good friend, state championship coach Gus Alfieri, will be at the Huntington Book Review to talk about his outstanding new book, on October 18th. It's a must read for basketball fans and coaches, and you can take home an autographed copy! FLYER
Coach Alfieri is known not only for his great success as a coach, his innovative defenses, and his devotion to sound fundamentals, but also for his willingness to share his knowledge and insights with other coaches. He will be doing it once again at his outstanding coaching clinic, priced so that all can attend. He will be joined by fellow Long Island legend Rich Wrase and St. John's University Woman's Head Coach Joe Tartamella.
NETS TRYOUT ARTICLE
Cobain Joins Hofstra Staff
Hofstra University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich announced today that former St. Dom's star Andrew Cobian as joined his staff as the program’s video coordinator.
No Larry Brown
Doesn't look like Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown will become the head basketball coach at East Hampton High School after all. The Long Beach native and East Hampton resident seriously considered it, hoping to help the school out of a jam caused when their newly hired coach resigned just weeks before the start of the season, but he had too many other commitments and felt that he wouldn't be able to give the kids the attention they deserved. Looks like former Pierson Coach Dan White will get the job, and Brown may still help out, but in an advisory role.
Nassau Alzheimer's Tryouts
Good turnout finally at the Nassau County Boy's Alzheimer's Game tryouts, with some very good players in attendance. One last round now necessary on October 11th, 6PM at Roosevelt HS for those that survived last night's cuts. They are:
Jabeon Bivens, Baldwin
Elijah Bovell, Balwin
Calvin Brown, Roosevelt
Chris Coleman, LI Lutheran
Aidan Igiehon, Lawrence Woodmere
Donatas Kupsas, LI Lutheran
Rajo Mayo, Freeport
Connor McPartland, Hicksville
Kyle Murphy, Chaminade
K.C. Ndefo, Elmont
Victor Olawoye, Elmont
Thornton Scott, Holy Trinity
Tyler Small, Holy Trinity
Jack Stafford, Plainview
Zion Stiles, Uniondale
Harrison Warnock, LI Lutheran
Cameron Wynter, Holy Trinity
Darius Young, Westbury
Coming into the tryouts, Nassau looked much stronger on paper, and after the last tryout, it looks like they will live up to that, but a very good turnout in Suffolk, especially from the private school kids, has equalized things and it should be a war once again this year! Really looking forward to it!
D1 Coaches Returning!
We've been saying that Long Island basketball has been on the upswing, and will only get better, and the evidence is starting to accumulate to back that up. We are getting reports from all over the Island that D1 coaches are here in good numbers checking out the talent, and more are on their way! Wait till they get a look at the 9th grade class! It might be the strongest in decades!
Poor Attendance For Nassau
The turnout at the Nassau Boys tryouts for the Alzheimer's Charity Game has been very low - a fraction of what it's been in past years, and also a fraction of the turnout at the Suffolk tryouts. Mysteriously, virtually no catholic school players have attended the Nassau tryouts, even though some of the county's top players come from catholic schools. There will be one last tryout Friday, October 7th from 7:30pm-8:30pm @ Baldwin HS.
Suffolk Team Coming Together
The talent level went up a few notches on day two of the Suffolk County tryouts for this year's Alzheimer's Game, and you could start to see the beginnings of a final roster. At least one more round of tryouts will be needed, and that will be at 6:30 PM on Oct. 6th at Amityville HS. Here are the players that survived round two cuts:
Rigard Ryan Destine
Tyrone Lyons, Jr.
Good First Day At Alzheimers
Alzheimer's Game tryouts got off to a great start with a good turnout at the first round of tryouts in Suffolk. The following players have been invited back for round 2, which is 9/28 at SUSA. They will be joined by players who were given a first round bye.
109 – Timothy Alejo
66 – Rahmel Allen
99 – Rashan Allen
164 – Eddie Arnold
49 – Ryan Beckles
13 – Sean Braithwaithe
6 – Arthur Brzozka
2 – Tyler Carey
51 – Julien Crittendon
2 – Tyler Carey
31 – Mike Darby
38 – J. Davis
50 – Rigard Ryan Destime
25 – Kevin Doty
180 – Alec Downs
47 – Mikhi Hall
68 – Tyler Hammond
36 – Devon Hicks
116 – Angel Jimenez
14 – Zed Key
53 – Savion Lewis
42 – Kyle Locastro
101 – Divaahd Lucas
115 – Tyrone Lyons, Jr.
24 – Kenny Mathurin
111 – Alex Merhige
5 – Billy Muller
48 – Michael Parnell
80 – Lester Quinones
3 – Kyree Sawyer
20 – Joshua Serano
1 – Anthony Simpson
56 – Micah Snowden
108 – Mike Snowden
100 – Marquell Sterling
17 – Koral Watson
54 – Elijah Wingfield
8 – Dion Wright
Basketball Media Day
We were honored to be invited to attend a new event this season - The First Annual New York College Basketball Media Day, and want to congratulate Hofstra’s Associate Director of Athletics for Communications - Stephen Gorchov, for putting together such a fantastic event. Head Coaches from many of the Metropolitan Area’s top basketball programs attended and spoke, including our own Joe Mihalich from Hofstra, Jeff Boals from Stony Brook, and Long Island legend Tim Cluess from Iona, and they all previewed their teams for the collected media and conducted one on one interviews. The players invited to represent their schools not only included returning stars Rokas Gustys and Brian Bernardi from Hofstra, but also Northport’s Luke Petrasek from Columbia and Lucas Woodhouse from Harborfieds and Stony Brook - both of whom are expected to be major contributors to their programs this season and are practically next door neighbors out in Suffolk County. Good day for Long Island and good day for New York! MORE LATER.
10 YEARS AGO (2006)
Small Sinks NYC At Metro
Prentice Small from St. John The Baptist stepped up to the free throw line with 5 seconds left in the 2006 Metro Classic, seeking redemption. St. John's signee Malik Boothe from Christ The King had just burned him badly to give New York City a 1 point lead, but the determined Small brought the ball up court, with Boothe hanging all over him and the clock winding down. Then suddenly Boothe went for the steal and ....... a whistle! Foul on Boothe! So there he was, toeing the foul line with the game in his hands and the hostile New York City crowd giving him an earful. Swish! Game tied! Time out, New York! Small never left the line. He focused on the rim through the whole time out while the two coaches strategized. Never moved a muscle. Teams back on the court and........swish! His two clutch free throws put the Suburban team up by 1! But there was still time left. The clock moved towards zero as New York City raced down the court, and then Small's dream ending was shattered by another Christ The King star - Andrew Gabriel. His jumper from the left side sailed through the air and into the basket just as the buzzer sounded to give New York City a stunning come from behind victory, sending the home crowd into a frenzy! But wait......the refs are huddling.... no basket! No basket! Time had been called because the clock started late! No basket! Game over, right? No! Put time back on the clock, the refs say. This time, it's Boothe from the corner at the buzzer and......... no! It rolls off the rim! Game over! Wow! What an ending! Peekskill's Mookie Jones led all scorers with 19 points and deservedly brought home the MVP trophy, but make no mistake - Prentice Small won the game. He finished with 12 to lead Long Island scorers, while Uniondale's Stephen Priestly had 8 and some solid board work, Elmont's Brian Hutchinson had 7 and also rebounded well, Teeng Akol from OSNA finished with 5 and some nice boards, while Chaminade's Andrew Beinert played solid defense but didn't get many touches, hitting 2 of his 3 shots for 4 points. Chris Obi from Bay Shore and Matt Cajuste from Jericho each had a basket in limited playing time, and Roberto Lyons from Upper Room did not score, also in limited playing time.
Insight into the daily routine of an NBA player from Long Island
ALZHEIMER'S GAME ROSTERS
GAME OCT 23RD
at Bay Shore HS
Jabeon Bivens, Baldwin
Elijah Bovell, Baldwin
Chris Coalmon, LI Lutheran
Thornton Scott, Holy Trinity
Tyler Small, Holy Trinity
Donates Kupsas, LI Lutheran
Rajo Mayo, Freeport
Kyle Murphy, Chaminade
KC Ndefo, Elmont
Jack Stafford, Plainview
Harry Warnock, LI Lutheran
Cameron Wynter, Holy Trinity
Darius Young, Westbury
Rashan Allen, Copiague
Osbel Caraballo, Upper Room
Bouki Diakite, OSNA
Tyler Hammond, Knox School
Carlos Lemus, Upper Room
Tyron Lyons, St Anthony’s
Alex Merhige, Harborfields
Lavon Montgmery, Bay Shore
Lester Quinones, Upper Room
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Laurynas Stomkas, Knox School
Elijah Wingfield, Southampton
Jenna Annecchiario, Baldwin
Kadaja Bailey, St. Mary’s
Emma Cuccurullo, LI Lutheran
Gianna Gotti, Oyster Bay
Kaia Harrison, Baldwin
Aziah Hudson, Baldwin
Kem Nwabudu, Elmont
Jaida Patrick, LI Lutheran
Gabby Sapiro, Friends Academy
Morgan Staab, Kellenberg
Celeste Taylor, LI Lutheran
Zhanela Thybulle, Elmont
Mary Anne Bagonis, Mepham
Alessia Drevneyak, East Rockaway
Dajiah Martin, St. Mary’s
Naabea-Janaan Assibey-Bonsu, C. I.
Danielle Cosgrove, Sachem East
Lauren Hansen, Ward Mellville
Tyzhea Hawkins, Brentwood
Kimora Jenkins, Deer Park
Tamia Lawhorne, St. Anthony’s
Maia Moffitt, St. Anthony’s
Katie Murphy, Hauppauge
Victoria Pearce, Bay Shore
Samantha Schultz, Kings Park
Taylor Triptree, Ward Mellville
Jasmine White, St. Anthony’s
Lauren Hackett, St Anthony’s
Ashia Smith, St Anthony’s
Suffolk Showcase Champs!
Nassau finished 3rd
The 2nd Annual IWorks Showcase was held on Tuesday, Oct 11th, at The College of Staten Island, and it featured All-Star teams from New York City's five boroughs and one team each from Nassau and Suffolk. The College Exposure Showcase, run by St. Joseph's By The Sea boys varsity Coach Mike Cortese, was a 3 game championship format designed for Seniors to gain exposure to many Division 2 and 3 colleges around the Tri-State area, and over 30 colleges were represented. Suffolk County, led by Center Moriches Head Coach Nick Thomas, went 3-0 and came away with the championship in dramatic fashion, while Nassau finished 2-1 to finish 3rd. Suffolk County defeated Manhattan in the 1st game 45-31. They were led by strong performances on the perimeter by Copiague's dynamic backcourt, Rashan Allen and Rigard Ryan Destine, and on the inside by Alex Merhige (Harborfields) and Jake Russo (West Islip). Next up was a matchup against Nassau County, coached by Kellenberg High School Assistant Coach Chris Lyons. Despite strong performances by Westbury's Darius Young and Jonathan Dean, Suffolk came away with an easy victory, 65-35. Kashawn Charles (Wyandanch) led the way offensively for Suffolk, and they also received strong contributions defensively and from behind the arc by Mike Darby (Bayport-Blue Point) and Mike Pavinelli (St Anthony). In the championship game against Staten Island, Suffolk fell behind early by double digits and it certainly looked like the home team was going to put Suffolk away. That is when Kashawn Charles and Alex Merhige took over, scoring baskets on drives to the hoop, mid range jumpers and from downtown. Suffolk stormed back and the lead changed hands several times in the 2nd half. Staten Island had a chance to put Suffolk away from the free throw line, but could not capitalize. With 5 seconds remaining, Staten Island missed the front end of a 1 and 1 and Suffolk raced the ball up the court and found Alex Merhige outside the 3 point circle with 1 second left. Merhige, who was outstanding all tournament long, caught the pass and in one motion, knocked down the 3 pointer as the buzzer sounded, giving Suffolk the 55-52 victory. Nassau County represented us well too, losing only to Suffolk while defeating the Bronx and Staten Island to take 3rd. Westbury's Darius Young led the way offensively, hitting 3's and getting to the basket, Roslyn's Omar Burns showed great energy and was able to rebound and run the floor and finish, Kellenberg's Mike Geisweller knocked down open 3's and was able to create for others, and Chaminade's Kyle Murphy had a good overall game, playing tough around the rim and also stepping out to knock down shots.
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LuHi Clips Wings
Two of the upcoming season's highly regarded teams faced off in a fall league game, and the Long Island Lutheran Crusaders held off Wings Academy 54-44. STORY
Green Looking To Bounce Back
Danny Green had a subpar season last year shooting the ball, especially from the 3 point line, so he took steps to remedy that during the offseason. ARTICLE SEASON PREVIEW
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It’s a great feeling knowing that basketball season is just around the corner, and we were very excited to help tip off the first big weekend with our 8th Annual Fall Hoops Festival. This year’s featured divisions were Varsity and 9th Grade, and the day was filled with great games and outstanding performances, topped off by two dominating wins in the championship games. T&D Reborn, Shabue Mosley’s community based team that always does well in our events, spoiled a great day for the Longwood High School varsity team, rolling to a win in the Varsity Chip after both teams had gone undefeated to advance to the title game. Rashan Allen and Rigaud Ryan Destime from Copiague, Marquell Sterling from Amityviulle, and Jordan Drain from Bay Shore were all outstanding for T&D, and really everyone was, and it was great to see Coach Mosley’s two young sons, Jordan and Jayden, play so well, while Jordan Manderson, Elijah Whitney, and Emmauel Ranvy all impressed for a young Longwood team. Roosevelt was also impressive, led by Timmy Santana, Jaisym Smith, and Isaiah Stone, and Gaetan Moussignac from James Madison HS also deserves to be recognized. The New York City Vipers rolled in the 9th Grade Title Game, led by Rashard Haniff from QHST, Billy Horton from Hillcrest, and Michael Casey from Molloy, and they spoiled a great day for the Long Island Impact program, who also advanced to the championship game undefeated. Tyshon Pannell from Central Islip, Travis Newman from Commack, and Grant Calendrille from Port Jefferson led the Impact. Antonio Rizzo from Kellenberg, Pete Baron from Chaminade, and Matt Lutz from Hills East also caught our eye playing for an up and coming Dix Hills Elite team. Our sincere thanks to all that participated!
New D1 College Players
The following Long Islanders are on D1 college basketball rosters for the first time this season:
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood/Stony Brook
Kian Dalyrimple/Hills West/Vermont
Chance Ellis/Freeport/New Mexico State
Bryan Gellineau/Kellenberg/Norfolk State
Josh Nicholas/St. Anthonys/St. Francis
Alex Sorenson/South Side/Delaware
Opening Day Matchups
New York Knicks
Tue, Oct 25th @ Cleveland
Sat, Oct 29th vs Toronto
Wed, Oct 26th @ Boston
Fri, Oct 28th vs Indiana
Nassau CC Lions
Tue, Nov 8th vs Queensborough CC
Suffolk CC Sharks
Thur, Nov 10th vs Queensborough CC
Long Island Nets
Fri, Nov. 11th @ Chicago
Wed, Nov. 23rd vs Canton
Fri, Nov 11th vs Coppin State
Stony Brook Seawolves
Fri, Nov 11th vs Columbia
Fri, Nov 11th vs Felican @ Pace
Wed, Nov 18th vs So. Connecticut
LIU Post Pioneers
Sat, Nov 12th vs U. Sciences
Sat, Nov 12th @ St. Rose
Sun, Nov 20th vs Philadelphia U.
Sat, 11/12 vs Wilmington @ LIU Post
Wed, Nov 30th vs Bridgeport
Farmingdale State Rams
Tues, Nov 15th @ at Westfield St.
Mon, Dec 12th vs CCNY
St. Joseph’s Golden Eagles
Tue, Nov 15th vs Medger Evers
Fri, Nov 18th vs TBD @ Muhlenberg
Dec 1st vs Sarah Lawrence
Old Westbury Panthers
Sat, Nov 19th @ Stockton
Wed, Nov 23rd vs Brockport
Alzheimer's Awareness Night
One of the most important parts of this great charity event is Awareness Night, which this year will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, October 19th at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Commack. That is the night that the teams are officially introduced to the media and photos are taken, but even more important, it is the the night that the players learn about the cause they are playing for - the fight against a terrible disease that takes beloved family members away from their families way before their time, and that took the life of the father of event founder Gordon Thomas. It's always a great night for everyone involved.
Outstanding Coaches Clinic!
Legendary Two Time New York State Championship Coach Gus Alfieri will once again lead a team of outstanding coaches and clinicians at a November 5th Coaches Clinic that will focus on the best ways to teach players the essential fundamentals of the game. He will be joined by another Long Island legend, Rich Wrase, currently a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers, but who won two National Championships at Suffolk Community College while putting together a 55 game winning streak, and prior to that, was a New York State Championship coach at Westhampton HS. The third member of the team is the highly respected head coach of the St. John's University Women's Basketball Team, Joe Tartamella. Tartamella, who is from St. James and was both a basketball and baseball star at Smithtown HS, led the Red Storm to a Big East Championship last season, their first since 1988. The clinic is priced at $10 so that all can attend, and there is a great flat rate of $100 if your program has more than 10 coaches.
Coach Alfieri with one of his former players, current Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Ken Atkinson, a Northport native.
Nassau Top 40
The Nassau County Top 40 All-Star Doubleheader, sponsored by the Nassau County PAL, was played at the Town Of Oyster Bay PAL Center in Hicksville, and there were some outstanding performances and one dramatic finish. In Game 1, Alyijah Hill of Hewlett and Xavier Merriweather of Port Washington led the White squad to a 38-32 halftime advantage with 9 points each, while Jack Stafford from Plainview, who hit three 3's in the half, and Rajah Mayo, Jr. from Freeport kept the Blue Squad within striking distance, also tallying 9 points a piece. The pace picked up in the 2nd half, with both teams going back and forth and neither taking command, and it all came down to the final 10 seconds, when Blue’s Dan Wilson from Locust Valley tied it with a three pointer, and then White came down and Merriweather got off a three point attempt with just one second on the clock, drawing a foul and knocking down the pressure packed free throw for the win! Merriweather led all scorers with 18 points, Jaisym Smith from Roosevelt had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Hill and Stafford both had 14 points, Zion Styles from Uniondale finished with 12, and Mayo with 10. In Game 2, the White squad took a 4 point halftime lead with a balanced attack, while Osborne Trail III of Valley Stream South and Connor McPartland of Hicksville helped Blue keep pace with 8 and 7 points respectively, but White eased away in the second half for a 10 point win. Only one player broke double figures in Game 2 - McPartland with 11, Trail finished with 9, and Brian Fox of Floral Park and Noah Shy from Valley Stream North both had 7.
Nassau Boys In OT!
LuHi's Harrison Warnock and Donatas Kupsas led Nassau to a big halftime lead, but Lester Quinones and Osbel Caraballo from Upper Room and former teammate Rashan Allen from Copiague dramatically brought Suffolk from behind, hitting big shot after big shot to tie it in regulation. The eastern Long Islanders seemed to have seized all the momentum, but Nassau dug in defensively in the extra session, holding Suffolk to just two free throws, and a big three pointer by Thorton Scott from Holy Trinity put them ahead for good and they went on to an 87-82 victory. KC Ndefo from Elmont collected MVP honors with an inspired performance on the defensive end, blocking shot after shot, and he was a force on the boards as well. He added a highlight film putback dunk that helped keep Nassau alive in regulation and also a big basket in OT off a nice feed from Scott that iced the win. DETAILS LATER
Nassau Girls Prevail
Nassau withstood an outstanding performance by hometown hero Victoria Pearce of Bay Shore, who finished with a game high 26 points, pulling away to defeat Suffolk 86-77. LuHi's Celeste Taylor was a force for Nassau, finishing with 24.
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TOP RETURNING SCORERS
FINAL - REGULAR SEASON
Osbel Caraballo/Upper Room 22.8
Joshua Serrano/Amityville 21.6
Jonathan Dean/Westbury 21.5
Jordan Dingle/LWA 21.4
Darius Young/Westbury 20.6
"Twin" Redd Passes
Very sad news. Edwin “Twin” Redd, a Westburt HS Assistant Coach and also a big part of the Bunky Reid All-Stars program, passed away two weeks ago unexpectedly. He was one of those people that I always looked forward to seeing and talking to every season, and he was not just a terrific guy, but a great father and an excellent coach. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
SUNDAY, OCT. 30TH
at TOB/PAL ATHLETIC CENTER, HICKSVILLE
2 PM UNDERCLASSMEN
3:30 PM SENIOR'S
SENIOR'S GAME/3:30 PM
Rajah Mayo - Freeport
Jack Stafford - Plainview JFK
Xavier Merriweather - Pt Washington
Jaisym Smith - Roosevelt
Connor McPartland - Hicksville
Noah Shy - Valley Stream N
Osborne Trail - Valley Stream S
Khalid Ketchen - Westbury
Brandon Grayson - South Side
Norman Wilson - Baldwin
Coach: Alex Piccirillo - Ward Melville
Ali Campos - Sachem East
Anthony White-Howard - Sachem E.
Joe Harclerode - Sayville
Kenneth DeGolyer - SWR
Kyrie Sawyer - Bay Shore
Matt Hudzik - Ward Melville
Marcus Morning - Bellport
Marquell Sterling - Amityville
Michael Thomas - William Floyd
Rashan Allen - Copiague
Timothy Alejo- Southampton
All PLAYERS are required to wear black shorts and arrive 45 mins prior to start of game. All SENIOR All Stars selected, contact Coach Piccirillo at email@example.com if you are not able to attend the game.
Zion Styles - Uniondale
Jalen Rosemond - Calhoun
Alyjah Hill - Hewlett
Parker Appel - Locust Valley
Victor Olawoye - Elmont Memorial
Conrad Ihaza - Elmont Memorial
Jaylin Miller - Elmont Memorial
Brian Fox - Floral Park
Kevin Voigt - Massapequa
Anthony Reilly - Oyster Bay
Coach: Nick Thomas - C. Moriches
Alex Sobel - Ward Melville
Dean Wright - Bay Shore
Elijah Wingfield - Southampton
Greg Cassiano - East Islip
Jack Reese - East Hampton
Jake Gaudiello - Westhampton
Justin Graziano - Commack
Micah Snowden - Southampton
Sean Braithwaite - Center Moriches
Troy Goode - Center Moriches
Travis Angus - Amityville
Tyiquon Nix - Center Moriches
All PLAYERS are required to wear black shorts and arrive 45 mins prior to start of game. All UNDERCLASSMEN All Stars selected, contact Coach Nick Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not able to attend the game. The groundbreaking meetings that have been put together to welcome the new Long Island Nets franchise into our basketball community continued, with many more of Long Island’s community leaders gathering from every corner of the Island to discuss the state of basketball here on the Island. The leaders shared their goals and aspirations, their successes and their failures, and everyone, once again led by the Nets, expressed their commitment to working together to help bring about the next Golden Age of Long Island basketball. The most moving presentation was given by Elton and Kristen George of the Brentwood Youth Association, who brought everyone up to date on the profound effects that the terrible gang violence in their community is having on the kids and families, and all the assembled leaders pledged to help BYA develop and expand their programs and help them get more kids involved and in a safe and constructive environment. Mike Gonzalez from the St. Cyril program of the CYO shared his recipe for putting together a great coaches clinic utilizing local college and high school coaches and other local resources, Steve Schmitt of Eaton’s Neck Basketball offered to share the techniques he has used to increase enrollment and most importantly, parental participation and cooperation in his league of 100+ teams, Jerry Flynn of the LI Hoops Adult Basketball Leagues offered to help find coaching volunteers through his adult programs, help other programs find gym space, and announced plans to add a youth program, and the Nets stepped up big time once again, offering to work with every program attending and anxious to begin the process. LongIslandBasketball.com took the opportunity to announce a new program of their own, called The Coaching Revolution, which will be under the direction of Tom Rottcamp. The new program will collect input from all of the participants of these historic meetings and use their in depth knowledge and experience to design and set up seminars for youth programs and youth coaches. The goal is to find and train new volunteer coaches, and to give all youth coaches the training they need to produce fundamentally sound players and navigate through one of the most challenging aspects of coaching a team - working effectively with today's players and parents. Once again, another great meeting, and again we promise, one of many more to come. If you think your Long Island based basketball organization would benefit from being part of the next Long Island Basketball Summit, LET US KNOW, and if you would like to join us in welcoming the Nets back to Long Island and learn more about the team that will be based at the new Nassau Coliseum, GO TO THEIR WEBSITE.
VARSITY DIVISION CHAMPIONS
9th GR DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Nets Rally Falls Short
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Knicks Drop Opener
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Nets open their season tonight in another tough place - on the road at Boston
Season Starts Tonight!
Like the first leaves to fall in Autumn, the first snowfall of Winter, the first flowers of Spring, or the first beach day of Summer, the NBA opener marks the official beginning of a new season, and it’s our favorite one! Basketball season! The Knicks are the first local team in action, and they will have the honor of playing the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers on the road tonight at 7:30pm, while the Nets and their new head coach - Long Island’s Ken Atkinson, tip off tomorrow at Boston, and then our new Long Island Nets team and many of our local colleges get started November 11th, which just happens to be my birthday. The high school teams all get going in late November and early December. If you’re like me, you're a little nervous about our local teams this season, but cautiously optimistic. The Knicks and Nets are both rebuilding, although the Knicks are further along in the process, and the Long Island Nets are a brand new team, so we’re not quite sure what to expect from them! On the college scene, both Hofstra and Stony Brook graduated great players after terrific seasons, so they’re both works in progress too, and the high schools? Happy to say that there will be some very powerful high school teams on Long Island this season, and some very talented youngsters stepping into the spotlight! One thing you can always be sure of, though: Great teams and great players will emerge, and great games will be played somewhere close by almost every night of the season, from now until April! Join us daily and we’ll help you find them!
Playing In College
Do I have to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center? Yes. If you want to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics in your first year of college, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be certified academically and as an amateur. When should I register with the NCAA Eligibility Center? Register for the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year in high school. The “My Sports” section should be updated regularly so that colleges or universities recruiting you will have up-to-date information about you. Be sure to ask your high school counselor to send your high school transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center after you have completed at least six semesters of high school coursework. Is there a registration deadline? No. However, you must be certified both academically and as an amateur before you are eligible to compete at an NCAA Division I or II college or university during your first year of collegiate enrollment.
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NCAA RECRUITING CALENDAR, D1, D2
Recent State Champions
2016 NYSPHSAA A Elmont
2015 NYSPHSAA D Bridgehampton
2014 CHSAA A Holy Trinity
2012 NYSPHSAA A Harborfields
2012 Federation A LI Lutheran
2012 NYSAIS A LI Lutheran
2011 Federation A LI lutheran
2011 NYSPHSAA C Friends Academy
2011 CHSAA A St. Mary's
NOTE: Technically, LI Lutheran has also been NYSAIS State Champion in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013, but as the only NYSAIS representative in their class, did not have to play for it. They did, however, advance to the Federation State Championship Games in 2014 and 2013.
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