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Nasaau AA-III boys basketball preview

Great Neck South's David Kimmel, right, goes up

Great Neck South's David Kimmel, right, goes up for a rebound during a Nassau varsity boys basketball game against host Jericho on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Photo Credit: James Escher

Calhoun Colts

Coach: Jay Kreutzberger

Last season: 1-16

Key players

G Connor Hannon 5-11 Sr.

G Ray Moore 6-0 Sr.

G Brian Hendrickson 6-1 Sr.

F Patrick Gardner 6-4 Jr.

F Nicholas Strezenec 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: The Colts look to utilize their young talent in an uptempo offense.

Great Neck South Rebels

Coach: Stephen Liebertz

Last season: 17-2

Key players

G David Kimmel 5-11 Sr.

G Kendall Francis 5-8 Sr.

G Ryan Lang 5-9 Sr.

F Mark Green 6-1 Sr.

F Jason Seo 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: The Rebels graduated the majority of their lineup after a 17-win season. They make their debut in Class AA and will be led by senior guard David Kimmel.

Herricks Highlanders

Coach: Tom Kinsella

Last season: 5-12

Key players

G Sam Eiber 6-0 Sr.

G Cole Eiber 5-11 Sr.

F Nevin Nambiar 6-1 Sr.

F Sarbjit Ladhar 6-3 Jr.

F David Aaronson 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Herricks returns all-county senior guard Cole Eiber, who averaged 18.6 points last season. They have two other all-conference seniors in point guard Sam Eiber and forward Nevin Nambiar.

Long Beach Marines

Coach: Scott Martin

Last season: 7-11

Key players

G Joe “Stevie” Bourne 5-9 Sr.

G Pat Baum 5-9 Jr.

F Seamus McDonagh 6-2 Sr.

F Tanner Owens 6-3 Sr.

C Marquise Charles 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Under new coach Scott Martin, Long Beach looks to play fast on offense and defense and return to the playoffs. With a senior-heavy lineup, Long Beach will rely on its experience.

MacArthur Generals

Coach: Eric Rubin

Last season: 11-8

Key players

G Mike Creaven 5-11 Sr.

G Benny Orlando 5-9 So.

F Mike Maringelli 5-11 Jr.

F Jared Wolfe 6-0 Sr.

F Nick Purcell 6-2 So.

Outlook: The Generals feature a young and athletic team. They return Jared Wolfe, who was a standout wide receiver on MacArthur’s championship football team and averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds last season.

Mepham Pirates

Coach: Pat Fallon

Last season: 4-13

Key players

G Zack Egland 5-9 Sr.

G Jeremy Lissade 5-9 Jr.

F John Amon 6-1 Sr.

F Jordan Jones 6-3 Jr.

F Yoni Zigdon 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: The Pirates return all-conference guard Zack Egland for his senior season.

Westbury Green Dragons

Coach: Dave Graff

Last season: 15-4

Key players

G Jonathan Dean 6-0 Jr.

G Brandon Ottley 5-11 Jr.

F Rolgens Dextra 6-2 Sr.

F Darius Young 6-0 Jr.

C Khalid Kecthen 6-3 Jr.

Outlook: Westbury returns Jonathan Dean, who averaged 18 points, but graduated seven players and three starters. Westbury plans to utilize its athleticism with fast-break offenses and trapping defense.

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