Nassau A-III boys basketball preview

Erik Kanzer of Jericho defends against Dana King

Erik Kanzer of Jericho defends against Dana King of Valley Stream South. (Feb. 27, 2013) (Credit: Mike Stobe)

NASSAU A-III

1. VALLEY STREAM SOUTH FALCONS

Coach:Matt Johnsen

Key players

G Dana King 5-8

G William Knight 5-10

F Andrew Labeck 5-11

F Grant Javon 6-0

C Dimitri Badette 6-5

Outlook:Should contend for conference title behind King, who averaged 21 points and eight assists.

2. FLORAL PARK KNIGHTSCoach:Nick Simone

Key playersG Jordan Butler 6-0

G T.J. Cluess 6-1

F Kevin Cluess 6-5

F Taize Walker 6-1

F Jimmy Guerriero 6-0

Outlook:Kevin Cluess is a talented player capable of scoring both inside and outside and can play any position.

3. BETHPAGE GOLDEN EAGLESCoach:Jack Davenport

Key playersG Chris Tempesta

F Deniz Soybas 6-2

F Brett Tarnell 6-0

F Carl O'Brien 6-3

F Gregory Gerber 6-2

Outlook: An inexperienced team that returns two very good players in Gerber and O'Brien.

4. ISLAND TREES BULLDOGS

Coach:Michael Wimmer

Key players

G Joseph Santoro 5-8

G Brett Beiersdorfer 5-10

F Christian Bours 6-0

F Daniel Connelly 6-1

C Andrew Kramer 6-5

Outlook: Kramer averaged a double-double last season and intends to make this team playoff-caliber.

5. LYNBROOK OWLS

Coach:Chris Rube

Key players

G Michael McVeigh 5-10

G Anthony Mackie 5-11

G Jake Sandler 5-8

F Frank Boni 5-9

C Armin Cekic 6-4

Outlook: McVeigh, who committed to Cortland, is a lethal scorer.

6. NORTH SHORE VIKINGS

Coach:Kevin Carpenter

Key players

G Josh Schwartz 5-8

G Adam Bell 6-0

G Bennett Mansfield 6-0

F Nick Hartman 6-1

F Jackson Rieger 6-4

Outlook: Could grab a spot in playoffs with 11 returning players.

7. GLEN COVE BIG RED

Coach:Peter Falen

Key players

G David Perkins 6-0

G Rodney Ray 6-1

F Ralik Jackson 6-0

F Tajah Garner 6-3

C David Duda 6-4

Outlook: Inexperienced team that could surprise.

8. VALLEY STREAM NORTH EAGLES

Coach:Dan Achatz

Key players

G Mahlik McLeod 5-9

G Aaron Bonitto 5-8

F Joe Kempton 6-0

F Tom Canny 6-0

C Ricardo Richardson 6-3

Outlook: Tough defense and transition offense will make the team competitive.

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