High School Boys Basketball

Newsday runs a full-court press on Long Island high school boys basketball.

Video: Highlights from Freeport win over Hempstead

Leondre Simmon had 21 points and 10 assists

Video highlights from Freeport's win over Hempstead....

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Video: Highlights from Amityville win over Wyandanch

Richie Hobson had 19 points, nine steals, and

Video highlights from Amityville's 89-69 win over Wyandanch in the first round of the 25th annual Fred Williams Tournament....

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Video: LuHi-Farmingdale highlights

Watch highlights of Long Island Lutheran's narrow victory

Video highlights from LI Lutheran's 59-57 win over Farmingdale....

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Long Island Top 10

In conjunction with my new hoops partner, Mike Gavin, here is our first Long Island boys basketball Top 10 of the season. Be sure to check out Saturday’s print and on-line editions of Newsday for the 2011-12 Winter Sports Preview. A couple of noteworthy games featuring Top 10 teams are L.I. Lutheran at Harborfields on Dec. 23 and Harborfields at Half Hollow Hills West on Dec. 28. Zog’s Top 10


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Early signing period begins Nov. 9

Floyd's Anthony White (44) shoots over Half Hollow

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

The early signing period for basketball (and other sports) begins this Wednesday, Nov. 9. You can start sending us your commitments now, then or whenever you decide on where you'll play college ball at newsday.com/commitments....

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White goes Division I

Catching up on some basketball news ... Anthony White of Floyd, a Newsday All-Long Island first team selection last season, has committed to St. Francis of Brooklyn, a Division I school which plays in the Northeast Conference. White, a 6-3 swingman who is expected to play guard in college, achieved a double-double in every game last season. He averaged 18.9 points and a Suffolk-best 14.2 rebounds,...

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Boys of summer: LI wins hoops gold

Half Hollow Hills West's Emile Blackman pleads with

(Credit: Pat Orr)

It was a golden summer for some of the best high school boys basketball players on Long Island. Anthony White (Floyd), Emile Blackman (Half Hollow Hills West) and Lucas Woodhouse (Harborfields) led the Long Island Region team to a 60-43 victory over Southern Tier in the gold medal game on Sunday, Aug. 7, to conclude the BCANY Summer Games in Johnson City, N.Y., near Binghamton. “In the championship...

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10 from LI among Top 50

The Basketball Coaches Association of New York named 10 Long Island players on its annual list of the state’s Top 50 players. The selections, alphabetical, by classification:

Class AA

Emile Blackman, Half Hollow Hills West Gene Garay, Oceanside Evan Maxwell, East Islip Tavon Sledge, Half Hollow Hills West Anthony White, Floyd

Class A

James Bulva, Mineola Mike...

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LI lands 4 on All-State 1st teams

St. Mary's senior Chavaughn Lewis, right, looks to

(Credit: James Escher)

Tavon Sledge of Half Hollow Hills West was a first-team selection on the 2011 New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA all-state first team. Sledge, who will attend Iowa State, was a Newsday All-Long Island first-team choice and won the Sandler Award as Newsday’s Suffolk and overall Player of the Year. In Class A, Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran was selected to the...

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Lutheran's Yacoubou named second-team All American

Basketball standouts, from left: Center Moriches' Amber Davis,

(Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Achraf Yacoubou, Newsday's Nassau player of the year, has been selected as an ESPN Rise second-team All American. Yacoubou (pictured, second from the left) averaged 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game this season, and is the only Long Island player on either the first or second team. The only other players from New York to garner honors were Yacoubou's co-Mr. Basketball...

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