Hills West should dominate League IV with its trio of transfers. The Colts also have five other players who started last season, including impressive sophomore Emile Blackman.
One huge obstacle in Hills West's road to Glens Falls is League I power Longwood. The Lions already have scored more than 90 points in a game three times and can run with the Colts. Longwood is very deep and very explosive, led by point guard Tajric Boggs, Darien Davis, Paris Parks and Patrick Piasecki.
Other League I challengers include Brentwood, which lost its top scorer for a second straight year when All-Long Island forward J.J. Moore transferred to a Connecticut prep school. But Jean Cherry and Michael Rollins have the Indians off to a flying start. Floyd, led by guard Jarel Johnson, will contend.
In League II, Lindenhurst is delighted that guard Kamil Parzych has returned from an ACL injury suffered last summer. He is starting to round into his All-Long Island form. Former Bay Shore star forward Gary Williams, a 2,000-point career scorer, returns to coach his alma mater. One player who should benefit from Williams' tutelage is talented junior forward Jordan Allen. Guard Malik Jackson runs the show. Whitman will miss its veteran backcourt but still has low-post force Myles Jones.
League III is wide open. West Islip, led by All-Long Island lacrosse star Nicky Galasso and Kyle Turri, is among those looking to dethrone North Babylon. The Bulldogs are off to a slow start, but with Preshod McCoy and Ian Perez, two starters from last year's county champions who also starred for the team's county championship football team, they'll be there at the end.
League IV is the domain of Hills West, but there are other playoff contenders. Bellport returns rugged Connor Fedge; Deer Park returns long-range shooter Marcus Charlton and Copiague returns guard Nasha Smith. Riverhead has toughness up front with co-Hansen Award winner Malcolm Cater and Willie Turner.