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Yacoubou Mr. Basketball co-winner

Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran boys basketball.

Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran boys basketball. Credit: Pat Orr Photography

Achraf Yacoubou added another honor to his already impressive resume.

The multitalented, Villanova-bound guard from Long Island Lutheran was named co-winner of the 2011 state Mr. Basketball award.

The 6-4 Yacoubou, who averaged 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals, shared the award with Mount Vernon guard Jabarie Hinds.

"Ash," a two-time Newsday All-Long Island selection and last year's Sandler Award winner as the outstanding player in Nassau, is the first Crusader to win Mr. Basketball. The award has been presented to New York's most outstanding player by its Basketball Coaches Association since 1986. He joins Tobias Harris of Half Hollow Hills West (2010) and Jason Fraser of Amityville (2002) as Long Island winners.

Only twice before has the award been shared. In 2009, Brandon Triche (Jamesville-De Witt) and Lance Stephenson (Abraham Lincoln) were co-winners. In 1987, Greg Koubek (Shenendehowa) and King Rice (Binghamton) won the award.

"Ash is a complete player, but he's also a complete kid. He's a true 'Mr. Basketball.' He definitely deserves the honor," Lutheran coach John Buck said. "He's the hardest-working kid I've ever coached and the most genuine kid I've ever coached. We're proud that he's part of the LuHi community."

Buck believed Yacoubou earned a share of the award with signature performances in victories over New York City powerhouses St. Raymond's (35 points, 16 rebounds) and Rice (27 points, 14 rebounds).

"We needed him to do that in both games," Buck said. "We don't have a league, so those were monster wins. He took on the challenge. He loves the competition."

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