Nassau AA-I boys basketball preview

Uniondale's Imran Ritchie passes the ball early in Uniondale's Imran Ritchie passes the ball early in the first quarter of a game against Farmingdale. (Jan. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Dan Neri

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NASSAU AA-I

1. UNIONDALE KNIGHTSCoach: Tom Diana

Key players

G Imran Ritchie 6-1

G Shomarie Redd 6-0

G Tahreek Hodge 6-2

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F Nick Danns 6-2

C Alan McDonald 6-3

Outlook: Ritchie is expected to lead the group to another appearance in the county final.

2. MASSAPEQUA CHIEFSCoach: Martin Voigt

Key players

G Brian Nichtern 6-1

G Dylan Balducci 5-10

G Alex Cosenza 6-1

F Sean Nealis 6-3

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F Griffin Sullivan 6-2

Outlook: Will compete for title behind Balducci, who averaged 21 points per game last season.

3. FARMINGDALE DALERSCoach: Jim Pastier

Key players

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G Jack Burke 5-10

G Ra Rogers 5-10

F Maliek Seela 6-0

F Curtis Jenkins 6-2

C Ron Winkler 6-7

Outlook: Four-year starters Jenkins and Burke make the Dalers a tough team to beat.

4. FREEPORT RED DEVILSCoach: Bob DeBonis

Key players

G Shawnee Barrett 5-7

G Nino Rodriguez 6-0

F Moses Fletcher 6-1

F Te'Korey Smith 6-3

C Davelle Hooks 6-4

Outlook: Defense will be key for the team that is led by Rodriguez.

5. HEMPSTEAD TIGERS

Coach: Lateef Myles

Key players

G Lykem Bethea 5-9

G Khalik Watts 6-0

F John Blocker 5-9

F Andre Morse 6-3

C Stephon Davis 6-2

Outlook: Blocker, an explosive player, is prime for a big season and will guide the young group.

6. OCEANSIDE SAILORSCoach: Dan Keegan

Key players

G Casey Kelly 5-11

G Tim Nolan 5-11

F Kevin O'Keefe 6-3

F Bob Stewart 5-11

C Tom Pallatto 6-3

Outlook: Perimeter defense and three-point shooting, especially from Kelly, are strengths.

7. SYOSSET BRAVES

Coach: Greg Cardona

Key players

G Dan Albernas 5-11

G Sam Breslow 6-2

F Alex Rosen 6-0

F Dan Quinn 6-3

C Bryan Zecher 6-4

Outlook: Albernas has the ability to lead a new group toward an improved season.

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