Nassau A-I boys basketball preview

From left, Alex Sorenson, Paul Pandolfi and Keith From left, Alex Sorenson, Paul Pandolfi and Keith Ruiz of South Side look on during the game against Roslyn. (Feb. 27, 2013) Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

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NASSAU A-I

1. SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES

Coach: Jerry D'Angelo

Key players

G Keith Ruiz 5-11

G Erik Shirland 6-0

G Alex Sorensen 6-1

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F Paul Pandolfi 6-3

F Garett Gallego 6-3

Outlook: A deep, unselfish and athletic team that should compete for a county championship.

2. CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Martin Kelly

Key players

G Dylan DeMeo 5-9

G Adrian Denner 6-4

F Andrew Ris 6-2

F Kieran Murchie 6-5

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F Tom Gallant 6-3

Outlook: Strong team behind Denner, who averaged 17.5 points per game last season.

3. JERICHO JAYHAWKS

Coach: Walter Bachman

Key players

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G Daniel Schneider 5-10

G Jack Roberts 6-1

F Joshua Francis 6-3

F Mike Goren 6-3

C Jackson Weinrab 6-6

Outlook: The defending county champions are well-coached and should be in the mix once again.

4. WESTBURY GREEN DRAGONS

Coach: Dave Graff

Key players

G Christian Hamilton 5-9

G Jonathan Dean 5-9

F Shakel Cafield 6-2

F Brian Newell 6-2

C Malachi Dean 6-3

Outlook: Strong unit that should be a contender for a playoff spot.

5. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Coach: Rory Block

Key players

G Jake Berger 5-10

G Evan Teich 6-0

F Eric Pauly 6-1

F John Cuttitta 6-0

C Nick Bandini 6-2

Outlook: With 16 players, depth is a strength.

6. WANTAGH WARRIORS

Coach: Keith Hunter

Key players

G Matthew Buchner 5-10

G Kyle Cain 5-10

F Brett Neuman 6-1

F Dan Devine 6-4

C Thomas Burke 6-5

Outlook: A gritty, attacking defense is a strength for a team hoping to make the playoffs.

7. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

Coach: Laurence Steimer

Key players

G Mark Desantis 5-9

G Joe Leighton 5-9

F Rob Wotczak 6-2

F Matt Kelly 6-4

C Conor Lumdoon 6-5

Outlook: Will rely heavily on solid three-point shooting.

8. NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Don Rood

Key players

G Christopher Ferlazzo 6-0

G Kevin Su 5-9

G Hassan Fuller 6-0

F Brennan Scanlon 6-0

F Ryan Korzevinski 6-3

Outlook: Could surprise late in the season once new players jell.

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