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LI HS bball stars: Where are they now?
We watch and cover all of the best Long Island high school basketball players every year. Many of them move up to the next level. So what are some of those players up to now?
Columbia freshman Luke Petrasek said he couldn’t wait to set foot on center court at Barclays Center. The Northport graduate did so against St. John’s and represented himself well, getting 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 65-59 loss to the Red Storm.
The 6-10 forward is having a solid rookie season for Columbia, averaging 8.8 rebounds and 3.5 rebounds. He had a season-high 20 in an 82-59 win over FDU on Dec. 21. College basketball is a far cry from playing on the high school level, but Petrasek has adjusted well.
“The biggest difference is the speed of the game,” Petrasek said. “There’s also a big change in the height and strength of everyone.”
Petrasek said Columbia has provided a “great atmosphere”, referring to it as a home away from home.
Jordan Allen, F, Hofstra, So: Allen, 6-6, has been a solid contributor for the Pride, averaging 5.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Bay Shore/Long Island Lutheran product, who has filled in at point guard during Dion Nesmith’s (knee) absence, had six rebounds in Hofstra’s 69-58 loss to George Washington on Saturday.
George Beamon, G, Manhattan, Sr: Beamon, after missing all but four games last season with an ankle injury, is back at it. The former Roslyn standout is averaging 21.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. The 6-4 combo guard had 22 points in a thrilling 84-81 OT win over Buffalo and 26 points in an 86-68 blowout of South Carolina.
Chris Brady, C, Monmouth, Fr: Brady, a Harborfields product, is averaging just over one point and 2 rebounds in limited minutes for the Hawks this season. He had two rebounds and a block in eight minutes in a recent 87-78 win over Fordham.
Marcus Damas, F, Towson, Sr: Damas is averaging 11.2 points this season, the third straight year he is in double figures for the Tigers. The 6-7 Bay Shore HS grad had eight points and three rebounds in a 90-82 loss to North Dakota State on Dec. 21 and 14 points and six boards in a 76-67 loss to Oregon State on Dec. 18.
Jamel Flash, F, Towson, Jr: Flash, a West Hempstead graduate, is averaging under a point and a rebound in limited minutes for the Tigers this season.
Sheldon Hagagil, G, St. Francis (NY), Fr: Hagagil, a Westbury HS grad, is averaging 7.8 points for St. Francis. He’s had six points in each of his last two games, wins over NJIT and Lafayette. He had a season-high 23 points against Monmouth on Dec. 10.
Tyler Harris, F, Providence, So: Harris, the younger brother of Tobias and a former Hal Hollow Hills West star, is averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Friars. He had 16 points and nine rebounds in a 69-67 OT loss to UMass on Saturday.
J.J. Moore, G-F, Rutgers, Sr: Moore, a Brentwood product, is having a breakthrough season, averaging 12.6 points and 4 rebounds. The Pittsburgh transfer had a season-high 26 points and six rebounds in a 73-72 loss to FDU. He’s reached double figures in four of his last five games.
Chris Obekpa, F, St. John’s, So: Obekpa has been setting all sorts of blocked shots records for the Red Storm. The Our Savior New American product is averaging 3.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. The 6-9 defensive wiz had nine blocks in a win against Monmouth and seven rejections in a loss to Penn State and a win over Bucknell.
Tavon Sledge, G, Iona, Jr: Sledge, who helped lead Half Hollow Hills West to new heights along with Tobias Harris, had been a key player for Iona this season. His minutes have dipped a bit, but he had four rebounds and five assists in a recent loss to St. Bonaventure.
Ahmad Walker, G, Stony Brook, Fr: Walker played most of his HS ball at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass, but is originally from Port Washington. Walker, who’s averaging 5.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists, had a career-high 14 points in Stony Brook’s 77-62 win over FDU on Dec. 4. He had 12 points in the Seawolves’ 76-54 win over Cornell on Dec. 22.
Anthony White, G, St. Francis (NY), So: White, a Floyd HS grad, is putting in work this season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Terriers. He had a season-high 10 points in a 56-50 loss at Syracuse.
Lucas Woodhouse, G, Longwood, So: The former Harborfields standout is averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists for the Racers. The 6-1 point man had a season-high 19 points in an 85-78 loss to North Carolina A&T on Nov. 29 and had 16 points and six assists in an 84-64 loss to Dartmouth on Dec. 21.
T’ziah Wood-Smith, G, Quinnipiac, Jr: The Baldwin HS grad had four points and two rebounds in a 102-61 win over Maine, his only action this season.