Nassau AA-II boys basketball preview

Darius Burton of Baldwin High School communicates with

Darius Burton of Baldwin High School communicates with his team at the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament in Glens Falls. (March 17, 2012) (Credit: Pat Orr)

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NASSAU AA-II1. BALDWIN BRUINSCoach: Darius Burton

Key players

G Sydney Pigott 5-8

G D'Marco Barnes 5-10

F MiKing Richardson 6-0

F Dan Nwalor 6-1

C Paul Nosworthy 6-4

Outlook: The back-to-back county champions remain the team to beat behind Richardson.

2. VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES

Coach: Hayward Alfred

Key players

G Brandon Richburg 5-11

G Kevin Blocker 6-2

F Winston Jones 6-4

F Eriq Williams 6-6

C Andre Garroway 6-4

Outlook: Williams and Jones are a formidable pair and could lead team to a playoff spot.

3. PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS

Coach: Sean Dooley

Key players

G Matt Siegel 6-0

G Ryan Kriftcher 6-0

G David Kobus 5-11

F Noah Linder 6-1

C Jermaine Brown 6-2

Outlook: Kriftcher returns after averaging 17 points and has potential to key a playoff run.

4. EAST MEADOW JETS

Coach: Barry Dickson

Key players

G Damian Sanders 5-8

G Cody Zafran 6-1

F Brandon Callaghan 6-0

F Joe Forrler 6-3

C Austin Birnbaum 6-4

Outlook: Zafran and Forrler should make the Jets a playoff contender again this year.

5. HICKSVILLE COMETS

Coach: Phil Essigman

Key players

G Connor McPartland 5-9

G Michael Osmundsen 5-10

F Steven Pavlak 6-0

F Justin Mize 6-4

C Ryan Toomey 6-1

Outlook: Team will experience a rebuilding year with two starting freshmen.

6. PLAINVIEW JFK HAWKS

Coach: Mike Harris

Key players

G Joe Gallego 5-6

G Chris Tracz 6-0

F David Glass 6-2

F Vinny Ruggiero 6-2

C Brad Weiss 6-5

Outlook: Gallego is a reliable point guard and other strengths are depth and size.

7. MacARTHUR GENERALS

Coach: Eric Rubin

Key players

G Thomas McAndrew 5-9

G Dean Peluso 5-7

G Ryan Cunningham 6-0

F Tom Melendez 6-0

F Greg Baumstein 6-1

Outlook: Hope to learn from last season; have a solid point guard in McAndrew.

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