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Nassau A-I boys basketball preview

Elmont's KC Ndefo gets height on way to

Elmont's KC Ndefo gets height on way to basket during a non-league boys basketball game in Uniondale, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Bellmore JFK Cougars

Coach: Rory Block

Last season: 7-10

Key players

G Michael Schwartz 6-1 Sr.

G James Ferry 5-6 Sr.

G Jason Teich 5-9 Sr.

F Josh Schuit 6-1 Sr.

F Joe Condello 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: After winning four of their final five games last season and just missing the playoffs by one game, the high-tempo Cougars look to reach the postseason.

Carey Seahawks

Coach: Martin Kelly

Last season: 10-11

Key players

G Mike Catanese 6-3 Sr.

G Jeremy Pulle 5-10 So.

G Jonathan Francois 6-2 So.

F Anthony Catapano 6-2 Sr.

F Sean Engel 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: After finishing 7-3 in conference play, Carey looks to make a playoff run behind senior guard Catanese in a fast-paced offense with changing defenses.

Elmont Spartans

Coach: George Holub

Last season: 17-2

Key players

G Travis Robinson-Morgan 5-10 Sr.

G Yasir Lawrence 6-1 Sr.

F Jalen Burgess 6-3 Sr.

F Kenechukwu “KC” Ndefo 6-4 So.

F Darius Celestin 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Elmont moves to Class A after reaching the county semifinals in AA last year. The Spartans expect to have balance on offense with Robinson-Morgan facilitating the offense at point guard.

Garden City Trojans

Coach: James Hegmann

Last season: 11-7

Key players

G Joe Leighton 6-1 Sr.

G Kevin McNiff 5-10 So.

G Andrew DeSantis 6-2 So.

F John Wotczak 6-1 Sr.

F Brian Leggett 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: The Trojans look to improve off a season in which it hosted its first playoff game since 1999 behind strong guard play led by Leighton.

Great Neck North Blazers

Coach: Mike Holleran

Last season: 5-12

Key players

G Julien Hakimian 6-0 So.

G Julien Hajibay 5-11 Sr.

G Ben Shokrian 5-11 Sr.

F Nate Diaz 6-1 Sr.

F Jordan Nessenoff 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: Despite being the only non-senior in the starting lineup, sophomore Hakimian is the team’s returning leading scorer (11 points per game).

Jericho Jayhawks

Coach: Walter Bachman

Last season: 7-11

Key players

G Corey Wellington 6-1 Sr.

G Sherwin Soroush 5-10 Sr.

F Benjamin Wachtel 6-1 Sr.

F Jason Katz 6-2 Jr.

F Max Rosenbloom 6-6 Sr.

Outlook: Jericho looks to return to the playoffs with an experienced starting five, featuring four seniors.

Manhasset Indians

Coach: George Bruns

Last season: 9-8

Key players

G Jack Keogh 5-9 Jr.

G John Sanseverino 5-11 Sr.

G Dan Hedberg 6-0 Jr.

F Will Theodoropoulos 6-2 Jr.

F Peter Conlan 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Conlan and Sanseverino will have key roles for the Indians this season.

Sewanhaka Indians

Coach: Jay Allen

Last season: 4-13

Key players

G Kamoy Silvera 5-9 Jr.

G Korey McLaurin 6-1 Sr.

F Rahim Akinwunmi 6-2 So.

F Marcus Johnson 6-3 Jr.

F Sam Williams 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: The Indians return senior McLaurin, who averaged 13.5 points, six rebounds and 1.5 assists last season.

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