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Top 50 boys basketball players on Long Island for 2015

Meet the top 50 boys basketball players on Long Island for 2015 as selected by Newsday's Erik Bacharach, Bob Herzog, Ari Kramer and Owen O'Brien. (Players are listed in alphabetical order.)

Jamel Allen, Brentwood, F/C, 6-6, Sr.

Allen is an athletic, high-flying big who can
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Allen is an athletic, high-flying big who can score in a variety of ways -- in transition, from the outside, in the post. He is a solid rebounder and shot blocker.

Ramel Allen, Brentwood, F, 6-3, Jr.

Allen is a key new addition to Brentwood's
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Allen is a key new addition to Brentwood's starting five. Like his older brother, Jamel, he can score from long range and also dunk.

Michael Almonacy, Brentwood, G, 6-0, Sr.

A heady point guard and Stony Brook commit,
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A heady point guard and Stony Brook commit, Almonacy can shoot -- he made 47 three-pointers last season -- but his ability to direct the offense sets him apart.

Richard Altenord, Half Hollow Hills West, G, 6-4, Sr.

Strong and quick, Altenord is a handful on
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Strong and quick, Altenord is a handful on the drive. He averaged 14 points and five assists per game last season.

Jordan Armstrong, Roosevelt, F, 6-4, Sr.

A talented offensive player, Armstrong is Nassau's top
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A talented offensive player, Armstrong is Nassau's top returning scorer -- alongside East Rockaway's Danny Fusco -- at 22.6 points per game. An injury sidelined him for the early part of the season, but he is expected to return in January.

Keandre Augustine, Roslyn, G, 5-9, Sr.

Augustine, a two-time all-county selection, averaged 20 points,
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Augustine, a two-time all-county selection, averaged 20 points, five assists and three steals last season. The athletic guard spearheads the Bulldogs' up-tempo offense.

Tim Awosika, South Side, C, 6-8, Sr.

Awosika patrols the paint for South Side, averaging
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Awosika patrols the paint for South Side, averaging nine points, nine rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game last season.

Justin Caldwell, Baldwin, C, 6-7, Sr.

Caldwell will be called upon to have a
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Caldwell will be called upon to have a bigger role in the middle, and he seems ready for the challenge.

Rojaye Campbell, Long Island Lutheran, C, 6-9, Sr.

As a third-year varsity player, Campbell averaged five
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As a third-year varsity player, Campbell averaged five points and seven rebounds per game last season. He has only gotten bigger and stronger as he enters his fourth year with the program.

Kenny Charles, Huntington, G, 6-4, Sr.

Charles is a strong, talented scorer, who averaged
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Charles is a strong, talented scorer, who averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game last season. He can score off the bounce and from long range, and finish with authority at the rim.

Chris Coalmon, Long Island Lutheran, F, 6-6, Jr.

An athletic wing who averaged 18.1 points per
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An athletic wing who averaged 18.1 points per game for St. Mary's last year, Coalmon should bolster LuHi's frontcourt.

Kian Dalyrimple, Half Hollow Hills West, G, 6-5, Sr.

Dalyrimple, who averaged 15 points and six rebounds
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Dalyrimple, who averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game last season, is one of the best shooters on Long Island, according to coach Bill Mitaritonna.

Jonathan Dean, Westbury, G, 6-0, Jr.

After graduating seven seniors, Dean will be the
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After graduating seven seniors, Dean will be the primary scorer for Westbury coming off an 18-point per game sophomore season.

Kyle DeVerna, Kellenberg, G, 6-2, Sr.

A great rebounding guard with strong defensive instincts
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A great rebounding guard with strong defensive instincts and an improved shot, DeVerna averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists last year.

Cole Eiber, Herricks, G, 5-11, Sr.

Eiber, a shooting guard, averaged 18.6 points in
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Eiber, a shooting guard, averaged 18.6 points in an all-county campaign last season.

Shane Gatling, Baldwin, G, 6-2, Sr.

Gatling will run the Baldwin offense after averaging
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Gatling will run the Baldwin offense after averaging 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 19-2 county championship season.

Brendan Fitzpatrick, Plainview JFK, G, 6-2, Sr.

Fitzpatrick averaged 17 points, four rebounds and three
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Fitzpatrick averaged 17 points, four rebounds and three assists, and will be the featured player in Hawks' offense.

Tylik Furman, Bridgehampton, G/F, 6-0, Sr.

Furman averaged 11 points and was the distributor
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Furman averaged 11 points and was the distributor for the Killer Bees last season. The versatile player will be key as Bridgehampton looks for back-to-back state titles.

Danny Fusco, East Rockaway, G, 5-9, Sr.

Fusco is Nassau's top returning scorer -- along
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Fusco is Nassau's top returning scorer -- along with Roosevelt's Jordan Armstrong -- at 22.6 points per game. He also averaged 4.7 assists per game last season.

Devonte Green, Long Island Lutheran, G, 6-2, Sr.

Green, who averaged 17 points, six rebounds and
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Green, who averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four assists per game last year, has improved his floater and long-range jumper.

Kyle Harding, Uniondale, G, 6-2 Jr.

Harding averaged 12 points, four assists and two
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Harding averaged 12 points, four assists and two steals en route to being named all-county.

Lukas Jarrett, Northport, F, 6-7, Sr.

A versatile, left-handed forward, Jarrett averaged 15 points,
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A versatile, left-handed forward, Jarrett averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and two assists per game last season.

Darien Jenkins, Deer Park, G, 6-3, Jr.

Quick and potent, Jenkins can get hot in
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Quick and potent, Jenkins can get hot in a hurry. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season, and those numbers -- particularly the scoring -- could spike this season.

Israel Johnson, Southampton, G, 6-0, Sr.

Johnson, a three-year varsity player, leads the back-to-back
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Johnson, a three-year varsity player, leads the back-to-back Long Island champions at point guard after posting 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game last season.

Brandon Kennedy-Gay, East Hampton, G, 5-11, Jr.

A potent scorer and deadly shooter, Kennedy-Gay will
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A potent scorer and deadly shooter, Kennedy-Gay will take the next step after averaging 10.6 points per game as a sophomore.

Tyrese Kerr, Riverhead, F, 6-2, Sr.

Kerr averaged 12.4 points and 11 rebounds per
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Kerr averaged 12.4 points and 11 rebounds per game last season, and looks to thrive in a fast-paced offense.

D’Nathan Knox, Half Hollow Hills East, G, 6-4, Sr.

Knox is a returning all-league selection and Coaches
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Knox is a returning all-league selection and Coaches Award winner who showed his versatility last season averaging 12 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.

Donatas Kupsas, Long Island Lutheran, F, 6-8, Soph.

A member of the Lithuanian U-16 National Team,
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A member of the Lithuanian U-16 National Team, Kupsas is a double-double machine.

Josh Lamison, Bridgehampton, F, 6-0, Sr.

Lamison averaged 17 points for the Class D
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Lamison averaged 17 points for the Class D state champion squad, which finished 22-2. He's a force inside, posting multiple 18-rebound games last season.

Charles Manning Jr., Long Island Lutheran, G, 6-5, Sr.

Manning, a transfer, averaged 22.9 points per game
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Manning, a transfer, averaged 22.9 points per game while leading Bridgehampton to the state Class D championship last season.

My’Quel Matthews, Central Islip, G/F, 6-2, Sr.

An athletic dunker, Matthews is on the short
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An athletic dunker, Matthews is on the short list of Long Island's breakout candidates. He averaged 4.7 points per game last season, but he showed flashes of dominant scoring potential.

Brendan McGovern, St. John the Baptist, G, Sr.

McGovern played his way into the starting lineup
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McGovern played his way into the starting lineup last season and finished with double-digit points in three of his final four games.

Mike McGuire, Chaminade, G, 6-1, Sr.

McGuire averaged 10.2 points and 2.7 three-pointers per
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McGuire averaged 10.2 points and 2.7 three-pointers per game last season as the Flyers won the NSCHSAA title and reached the Federation semifinals.

Alex Merhige, Harborfields, F, 6-4, Jr.

Merhige is a reliable rebounder and capable scorer.
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Merhige is a reliable rebounder and capable scorer. He'll have a chance to average a double-double this year, after posting seven points and nine rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Andre Morgan, Copiague, F, 6-6, Sr.

Morgan averaged 6.3 points per game last year
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Morgan averaged 6.3 points per game last year for a team that reached the Suffolk Class AA final four. He's the only returning starter from that squad, and his offensive load has increased.

Jake Passaretti, Sachem East, G, 6-0, Sr.

The returning all-conference guard averaged 17.8 points last
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The returning all-conference guard averaged 17.8 points last season and showed his range with four three-pointers in a 31-point performance against Patchogue-Medford.

Robert Pecorelli, Harborfields, G, 6-2, Sr.

Pecorelli is a dangerous all-around player, most evident
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Pecorelli is a dangerous all-around player, most evident by his 16-point, 20-rebound, 7-assist showing against Rocky point last season. Pecorelli averaged 15.8 points per game.

Jared Rhoden, Baldwin, F, 6-6, Jr.

Rhoden's athleticism offers a challenge for anybody trying
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Rhoden's athleticism offers a challenge for anybody trying to guard him. He averaged eight points, five rebounds and two assists as a sophomore, and is a prime breakout candidate as he steps into an expanded role.

Tyler Rieger, North Shore, G, 6-3, Sr.

Rieger, who averaged 16.3 points per game last
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Rieger, who averaged 16.3 points per game last season, is a dangerous scorer and a returning all-county selection for North Shore.

Sammy Robinson, Lawrence, F, 6-5, Sr.

Robinson averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds in
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Robinson averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds in conference play and is one of the most dangerous shooters on Long Island.

Travis Robinson-Morgan, Elmont, G, 5-10, Sr.

Morgan is the catalyst and floor general for
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Morgan is the catalyst and floor general for the Spartans, who have won six straight conference championships. They move down to Class A from Class AA this season.

Kevin Santacroce, Mercy, F, 6-3, Sr.

Santacroce posted 18.5 points per game last year
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Santacroce posted 18.5 points per game last year and will be the leader for Mercy.

Joseph Santoro, Island Trees, G, 5-10, Sr.

Santoro averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and seven
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Santoro averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists last season. He is also a tenacious defender for the Bulldogs.

Hunter Schenkel, Sayville, F, 6-3, Sr.

Schenkel, who averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds
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Schenkel, who averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior, posted two 30-point games last season.

Prabhnoor Singh, Bayport-Blue Point, G, 6-4 Sr.

Singh, a touted shooter and scorer, will be
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Singh, a touted shooter and scorer, will be a major offensive threat after transferring from an Indiana prep school.

Alex Sorensen, South Side, F, 6-3

Sorensen -- the returning Nassau A-II player of
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Sorensen -- the returning Nassau A-II player of the year -- averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the Cyclones' 15-win season.

Willie Tenzie, Freeport, G, 5-8, Sr.

Tenzie is a talented shooter with good range
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Tenzie is a talented shooter with good range on a Freeport team that went 16-3 last season.

Steve Torre, Kellenberg, G, 6-2, Sr.

Capable of scoring and creating for his teammates,
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Capable of scoring and creating for his teammates, Torre is a handful for opposing guards. He averaged 18 points, six assists and six rebounds per game last season.

Tristan Wissemann, Shelter Island, forward, 6-4, Sr.

Wissemann finished among Suffolk County's best with 23.9
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Wissemann finished among Suffolk County's best with 23.9 points per game last season. He scored at least 20 points in 12 of 15 games.

Malcolm Wynter, Harborfields, G, 5-10, Sr.

The floor general averaged 14 points and five
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The floor general averaged 14 points and five assists and had eight games of at least 10 assists in Harborfields' run to the county final last season.

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