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The best freshmen class ever?

Duke forward Jabari Parker, left, grabs a rebound

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Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins are four names you will hear over and over again.

And the hype won’t end anytime soon.

Some are calling this the best freshman class ever. Most believe all four (assuming they all declare) will be among the top five picks in the draft. Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart might be a top four selection.

If the early...

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Suffolk CC into NJCAA semifinals

Suffolk CC midfielder Frankie Guzman.

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The Suffolk Community College men's soccer team defeated Camden CC, 3-2, in overtime late Thursday and advanced to the semifinal round of the NJCAA tournament.

Jose Alfaro (Huntington) scored the winning goal, his second of the game. No. 4 Suffolk (17-1-2) plays Montgomery, which beat Suffolk in the semifinal last season, on Friday night. The winner advances to the title game against either...

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Andre Walker signs letter of intent with Hofstra for 2014-15

Niagara coach Joe Mihalich gives a play to

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If Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich needed a centerpiece to rebuild the Pride basketball program around, he got one yesterday when 6-10 center/forward Andre Walker of Clarksburg, Md., signed a national letter of intent for the 2014-15 season. ESPN ranked Walker as the 11th-best player in Maryland and 50th center in the nation.

As a junior at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Walker averaged seven...

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Local hoops teams ready to go

D'Angelo Harrison dribbles the ball during the first

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Last season was good to the New York City metro-area college basketball teams as four squads (Stony Brook, St. John's, Iona, LIU Brooklyn) made post season appearances.

Will there be a repeat of that success? You can make a strong case for it. Stony Brook and St. John's are loaded, while Iona returns five of its top seven scorers. LIU Brooklyn returns one of the nation's top passers, while...

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CAA gantlet taking toll on SBU

Stony Brook Seawolves defenders Jahrie Level (no. 13)

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The cold, hard facts say Stony Brook’s 31-13 loss to 20th-ranked New Hampshire dropped the Seawolves to ninth place in the 11-member Colonial Athletic Association with a 1-3 record (3-4 overall), and they have yielded an average of 33.7 points in losses to ranked teams Villanova, Towson and UNH.

The eyes tell a slightly different story. SBU was blown out at Villanova after season-ending injuries...

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Hofstra WBB begins post-Evans era

Hofstra women's basketball coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey at media

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Hofstra lost significant firepower from last season’s squad, including two program greats in Shante Evans and Candace Bond.

It’s going to take a lot to replace them, especially Evans, Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Bond also had a stellar career and was named CAA defensive player of the year last season.

But the Pride, picked sixth in the CAA preseason coaches poll,...

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Hofstra looks to rebound

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Joe Mihalich

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There won’t be any high expectations or much fanfare surrounding new Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich and the Pride this season, especially after the way last year ended. But sometimes a new regime can be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling program.

The Pride was picked ninth out of nine teams in the CAA preseason coaches poll and didn’t have one player selected to any of the all-conference...

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Cody Precht replacing 'Big Mike' Bamiro

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet rushes as Cody Precht

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Talk about a big space to fill, junior Cody Precht faces a huge responsibility as he slides from right guard out to the right tackle spot that 6-8, 335-pound Michael Bamiro occupied the past three seasons at Stony Brook. Centerport native Precht has a powerful 6-3, 290-pound frame and the experience and smarts to understand how to play the position.

But “Big Mike,” as Bamiro was known to his...

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Iona basketball announces recruiting class

Iona coach Tim Cluess directs his basketball team

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Iona announced its recruiting class for the 2013-2014 season.

Leading the way for the Gaels class is Rutgers transfer and 6-5 senior Mike Poole and Marshall transfer Kelvin Amayo, a 6-4 guard. Both players saw action at their previous schools. Their experience should help the Gaels overcome the loss of high-scoring guard Lamont “Mo Mo” Jones.

Ryden Hines, a 6-10 center, 6-11 forward...

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Elon joins the CAA; Will more moves come?

More conference movement is afoot as Elon announced Thursday it was leaving the Southern conference for the CAA, beginning July 1, 2014.

It’s been an eventful couple of years for the CAA, which has lost George Mason, VCU, Georgia State and Old Dominion. But the conference responded quickly with the additions of Elon and the College of Charleston. There was also the addition of Stony Brook...

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