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Nassau AA-I boys basketball preview

Uniondale's Kyle Harding drives to the hoop during

Uniondale's Kyle Harding drives to the hoop during a Nassau County Conference AA-I varsity boys basketball game against Syosset at Uniondale on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Nassau AA-I

Farmingdale Dalers

Coach: Jim Pastier

Last season: 10-7

Key players

G Mike Lynch, Jr.

G David Ruiz, Jr.

G Larry Lembo, Jr.

F Sean McCormick, Sr.

C Mark Coniglario, So.

Outlook: The Dalers don’t return any starters from last season. The young squad starts one senior in Sean McCormick.

Freeport Red Devils

Coach: Larry Steimer

Last season: 16-3

Key players

G Rashod Tucker, 5-9, Jr.

G Willie Tenzie, 5-8, Sr.

F Rollin Bell, 6-2, Jr.

F Tyree Powell, 6-4, Sr.

C Roy Isaac, 6-5, Sr.

Outlook: Freeport will look to get the ball inside to seniors Roy Isaac and Tyree Powell and take advantage of the team’s combination of quickness and size.

Hempstead Tigers

Coach: Lateef Myles

Last season: 6-12

Key players

G Durell Williams, 5-10, Sr.

G Lykem Bethea, 5-10, Jr.

F Ja’Juan Polley, 6-0, Jr.

F Dashawn Meadors, 6-3, So.

F Daren Faulk, 6-5, Sr.

Outlook: Hempstead returns four starters from last year’s playoff squad in Lateef Myles’ first season as head coach.

Massapequa Chiefs

Coach: Martin Voigt

Last season: 11-7

Key players

G Dylan Nealis, 5-10, Sr.

G Tom Ammendola, 5-6, Jr.

G Justin Lynskey, 6-0, Sr.

F Gary Rettig, 6-2, Jr.

F Bryce Paladino, 6-4, Jr.

Outlook: Massapequa looks to compete in the playoffs again behind its players’ high basketball IQ -- led by junior and three-year player Tom Ammendola at the point.

Oceanside Sailors

Coach: Allenby Lyson

Last season: 6-11

Key players

G John Grossi, 5-10, Sr.

G Charlie Franzo, 6-0, Jr.

F Maurice Douse-Lewis, 6-1, Jr.

F Kevin O’Keefe, 6-3, Sr.

F Aronis Espinal, 6-4, Sr.

Outlook: The Sailors are led by senior big men Kevin O’Keefe (15 points, seven assists) and Aronis Espinal (15 points, nine assists).

Syosset Braves

Coach: Greg Cardona

Last season: 6-10

Key players

G Griffin Halpern, 5-11, Jr.

G Richie Rambarran, 5-7, Jr.

F James Goldrick, 6-1, Sr.

F Rob Santiago, 6-1, Sr.

C James Dionisio, 6-3, Jr.

Outlook: The Braves have an all-new starting five with James Goldrick and Griffin Halpern as the two players who played quality minutes last season.

Uniondale Knights

Coach: Tom Diana

Last season: 14-6

Key players

G Danny Ashley, 5-8, So.

G Kyle Harding, 6-2, Jr.

G Chris Goodwin, 6-2, So.

F Najee Peters, 6-5, Sr.

F Justice Townsend, 6-4, Sr.

Outlook: The Knights return Kyle Harding (all-county) and Najee Peters (all-conference) from last year’s county finalist squad. Harding averaged 12 points, four assists and two steals and Peters controlled the paint -- averaging 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

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