Meet the 2011 All-Long Island boys basketball, selected by Bob Herzog and Chris Mascaro.
Long Island Player of the Year
Half Hollow Hills West, Guard, Sr.
Only 5-8, but always played bigger, with his explosive drives to the basket and open-court dunks in transition. Averaged 25.8 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in leading Hills West to a second consecutive Long Island Championship and trip to the state tournament at Glens Falls. The signature game of his career was his LIC-record 46-point performance in a double-overtime victory over Elmont. He hit a game-tying three late in the first overtime and totaled 13 points in the two extra periods. Committed to Iowa State in the fall.
Nassau Player of the Year
Long Island Lutheran, Guard, Sr.
Weakness isn't a word in Achraf Yacoubou's vocabulary. The 6-5, Villanova-bound guard, who led Long Island Lutheran to its second Federation Class A title in the last three years, was named Gatorade player of the Year in New York and co-Mr. Basketball with Mount Vernon's Jabarie Hinds. He averaged 19.5 points per game, 9.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.8 steals. His supposed weakness was outside shooting, but his 51 made three-pointers tied him for 13th on Long Island. His forte is defense, as he showed by shutting down 6-10 center Dajuan Coleman of Jamesville-DeWitt in the Federation Class A semifinal.
Elmont, Forward, Sr.
Seeing the Spartans’ standout bang the boards made you think he was just a low-post power. The 6-6, 227-pounder also had some touch, but don't kid yourself, he made his bones with his gritty defense. The Conference AA-III player of the year, who averaged 12.7 points per game, led Elmont to its first county title -- in its first season back on the Class AA level after a few years in Class A. He was the named the Nassau Class AA playoff MVP, and had it not been for Tavon Sledge's heroics, may have led the Spartans to an L.I. title.
St. Mary's, Guard, Sr.
The top scorer in Nassau at 24.8 points per game led the Gaels to a 29-1 record (a Long Island single-season record in wins) and their first state CHSAA title since 2002. He had five 30-point games, including the CHSAA final and Federation semifinal. At 6-5 with springs in his shoes, Lewis had the ability to play above the rim. He pulled down nine rebounds per game, an impressive number for a guard, while also racking up four assists, three steals and two blocks. He committed to Marist at the end of March.
St. Mary's, Forward, Sr.
Despite being an inch shorter than teammate Chavaughn Lewis at 6-4, he was a menace around the basket and a double-double machine. The C.W. Post-bound bruiser averaged 14.9 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game. Gaels coach Bill Harkins said it best with this observation earlier in the season: “When he goes for a ball, he usually comes out with it.” He also cleared a path to the basket for Lewis with hard screens and turned post passes from point guard Dante Agnew into easy buckets.
Floral Park, Forward, Sr.
This silky smooth scorer (17.9 points per game) is the first player in program history to be named first-team All-Long Island, according to coach Nick Simone. The three-time All County selection was also voted the winner of the Hank Williams Award, given to the best public school player in Nassau. The four-year varsity starter also had 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals per contest, and led the Knights to within a buzzer-beater of a county title.
Harborfields, Guard, Sr.
This versatile 6-3 guard averaged 20 points, eight boards and four steals. He shot 51.4 percent from the floor and was an excellent offensive rebounder. McLeod scored 24 points in the Long Island Championship victory over Manhasset, earning Harborfields its first-ever trip to Glens Falls for the state tournament. In a thrilling Suffolk Class A title game, McLeod scored 16 points with five assists and five steals in a 67-62 victory over Amityville. His contested three-pointer with 54 seconds left broke a tie and was the biggest shot of the season for Harborfields.
West Babylon, Guard, Sr.
A gritty point guard with tremendous range, Sullivan averaged 20 points, seven assists and two steals. He shot 84 percent from the foul line and was second on Long Island with 64 three-pointers (one behind Winston Wilcenski of Southold). Scored 1,113 points in his career and led the Eagles to their first Suffolk AA championship game in 33 years. He scored 23 points in a victory over Longwood in the Class AA semifinals. Most amazing statistic of all: Handling the ball on nearly every possession, he committed only 11 turnovers all season.
Floyd, Forward, Jr.
Remarkably, this 6-3 junior swingman achieved a double-double in every game this season to lead the Colonials to a 17-4 record and back to the playoffs. He was voted the MVP of League I and named All-County. Averaged 18.9 points, a county-best 14.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.3 blocked shots. White had one of his best all-around games against Longwood on Jan. 21, scoring 27 points with 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 steals and 4 assists. One of few players on the Island who could fill those five stats columns.
Harborfields, Guard, Jr.
A slender but tough pass-first point guard, Woodhouse led Long Island with an average of 11 assists per game. His specialty was the pinpoint no-look pass to a cutting teammate. Woodhouse averaged three steals and is a solid pull-up jump shooter. Averaged 10 points a game and will no doubt improve on that number next season with the top two scorers graduating. Woodhouse had 10 assists in an exciting Suffolk title game against Amityville and produced the same number in a state semifinal victory over Byram Hills at Glens Falls.
Nassau Coach of the Year
Long Island Lutheran
The 26-year-old led the Crusaders (23-4) to the Federation Class A title. He is 43-12 in two seasons.
Suffolk Coach of the Year
Guided Tornadoes to first Long Island championship, first trip to Glens Falls in school history and school-record 21 victories.
Above: The 2011 All-Long Island boys basketball team.
ALL-LONG ISLAND SECOND TEAM (not pictured)
Dan Candemeres, Sachem East, Guard, Sr.
Darien Croft, Amityville, Guard, Sr.
Mike Florin, Long Island Lutheran, Guard, Sr.
Dantre Langhorne, Greenport, Forward, Sr.
Evan Maxwell, East Islip, Forward, Jr.
Paris Parks, Longwood, Guard, Sr.
Tyler Seidman, Holy Trinity, Guard, Sr.
Kevin Sheehy, Chaminade, Guard, Sr.
Gary Tibbs, Manhasset, Forward, Sr.
Alessandro Troia, Manhasset, Guard, Sr.