Allow some of the newest members of the Long Island Lutheran boys basketball team to introduce themselves.
"I can bring size, rebounding and athleticism," said Robyn Missa, an active 6-9 center who lived in Germany until he was 16 years old.
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"I can shoot the ball, block shots and bring toughness and a lot of energy," said Marvin Prochet, a versatile 6-7 forward who came from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn.
"I can score, push the ball up, defend, rebound, block shots," said Devonte Green, an explosive scorer who is the younger brother of the San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green.
After a season-opening 68-44 win over host Chaminade Thursday night, that was how each player responded when asked what they'll bring to the Crusaders. In their debuts, Green had 14 points and seven rebounds, Missa had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Prochet added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Green scored seven straight points for LuHi midway through the third, capped by a pull-up jumper to open a 41-27 lead. With Chaminade inching closer later in the quarter, Missa converted a putback for the first of 12 unanswered points for LuHi. Prochet then stole the inbounds pass and dished to Losini Kamara for the layup at the buzzer.
Chris Atkinson, the lone returning starter with Tim Quashie out with a torn ACL, closed the run with an up-and-under, reverse layup to open a 59-36 lead. Faced with the responsibility of incorporating his new teammates into the offense, the point guard had 11 points, seven assists and only one turnover. "They're fitting in pretty well," Atkinson said. "I felt like we played great together."
Tom O'Connell led Chaminade with 12 points and James McCullagh added 10.
The names at LuHi may change, but the style of play remains: balanced scoring, turnover-inducing pressure, swarming man-to-man defense.
Now that introductions have been made, let's hear what else the new guys had to say.
"I came here to win a state championship," Green said.
"Our mentality is that we're the best team in the country," Missa said.
"We're going to be dangerous," Prochet said. "It's going to be a show every game."