Meet the players selected for Newsday's All-Long Island boys basketball team for the 2012-13 season. - By Bob Herzog and Mike Gavin
LONG ISLAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KENTAN FACEY
Long Island Lutheran, Center, Senior
The lithe, long-armed 6-9 center led LuHi into the state Federation Class AA title game, was voted New York's Gatorade Player of the Year and named Newsday's Dick Sandler Award winner as the Long Island Player of the Year. Facey averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks per game in leading the Crusaders to a 25-3 record. In a Federation semifinal victory over NYC power Lincoln, Facey registered a triple-double - 19 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks.
SUFFOLK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LUKE PETRASEK
Northport, Center, Senior
Petrasek possessed all the skills expected of a 6-9 player: back-to-the-basket inside game, rebounding and shot-blocking. But for someone his size, it was his outside shot, passing and ball handling that made him a versatile offensive threat. A double-double machine with great athleticism, Petrasek averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks while guiding Northport, a team that failed to make the playoffs last season, all the way to the state semifinals in Glens Falls.
Holy Trinity, Guard, Senior
The CHSAA Player of the Year averaged 19 points, 5.2 assists and 4.1 steals per game and shot 41 percent from downtown. In addition to his ability to penetrate and facilitate, the Adelphi-bound point guard is also a strong on-the-ball defender that can change the game on the defensive end.
Uniondale, Guard, Senior
In four playoff games, he averaged 24.5 points, including a 28-point performance in the semifinals where he scored 11 fourth-quarter points to help Uniondale overcome a 10-point deficit and upset Farmingdale. A combo guard with tremendous ball-handling skills and a quick first step, Cust averaged 18 points, four assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Herricks, Guard, Senior
Long Island's leading public school scorer averaged 26.1 points per game, including a school record 49-point performance in an overtime win over Calhoun. He scored 30 or more points seven times, and became the first player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark (1,247 points). He also averaged 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
Smithtown West, Guard, Senior
Completed evolution from pure shooter to all-around guard this season, averaging more than four assists to go along with 21.9 points, fifth-best in Suffolk. Hickey, 5-10, who will play at Dowling, also nailed 50 three-pointers, fifth-highest in the county. Served notice early with a stunning 41-point effort, including five treys, in a win over Brentwood in December.
Central Islip, Guard/Forward, Senior
A Swiss-army knife kind of player who fills up the stat sheet depending on the game situation. A slashing scorer (15.5 ppg) and tough rebounder (9.5 rpg) despite being only 6-4, McKenzie also contributed 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals despite playing the entire season with an injured thumb. His play sparked the Musketeers to a 15-3 record and second-place finish in Suffolk League II.
Farmingdale, Guard, Senior
Already tough to defend because of his ability to get to the basket, Mingo improved his jump shot and averaged a career-high 23 points per game in addition to eight rebounds and six assists. Finished his four-year career — in which he was named all-county four times — with 1,307 points, becoming only the fifth player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.
Harborfields, Forward, Senior
As the only starter back from the defending state Class A champions, Patron carried a heavy load. He delivered, leading Suffolk in scoring (24 ppg) and averaging nearly nine rebounds in guiding the Tornadoes into the county championship game for a fourth straight season. They lost to Amityville, but in Patron's final game, he scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Oceanside, Center, Senior
In his first game of the season, the 6-8 center had 25 points, 22 rebounds and 11 blocks for the first of what would be six triple doubles. Tough to defend around the basket and on screen and rolls, the Tufts-bound Sabety averaged 22 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks a game, including a 48-point, 20-rebound performance in a 76-65 win over Massapequa.
Nassau Coach of the Year, Jericho
Suffolk Coach of the Year, Northport
In his first season as head coach at his alma mater, D'Eloia guided the Tigers to their first Suffolk County AA title since 1995. Northport did not make the playoffs last season but under D'Eloia and with center Luke Petrasek and guard Matt Smith leading the way, the high school gym became the place to be last winter, drawing numerous SRO crowds down the stretch.
Boys Basketball All-Long Island Second Team:
Nick Arnold, Commack, F, Sr. (pictured); Jeremy Arthur, Kellenberg, F, Sr.; Chris Atkinson, L.I. Lutheran, G, Soph.; Aaren Edmead, Deer Park, G, Jr.; Tavon Ginyard, St. John the Baptist, G, Soph.; Jesse Govan, St. Mary's, F, Soph.; Kavione Green, Amityville, F, Sr.; Terry Harris, Half Hollow Hills West, F, Jr.; Garrett Johnson, Jericho, G, Sr.; Eric Mack, Baldwin, C, Sr.; Femi Olujobi; Brentwood, C, Jr.; Eddie Robinson, Lawrence, G, Sr.; Terrence Simpson, Portledge, F/G, Jr.; Matt Smith, Northport, G, Sr.; Fernando Vazquez, Babylon, G, Sr. |