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Coach: Bill Lange (second season)

Key Newcomers: Sr. G/F 6-2 Johnny Garrett (16.1 points, 7.6 rpg); Jr. G 6-0

Nate Barton (12.3 ppg, 6.0 apg); Jr. 6-1 G Kevin Bernick (9.9 ppg); So. 6-4 F

Seth Cobb (4.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg in 16.0 minutes).

New Faces: Fr. 6-3 G Mark Medvetz; Fr. 5-8 G James Young; Fr. 6-7 F Gabe


Outlook: Though Kings Point is picked to finish third in conference, don't

overlook the Mariners. They proved the pollsters wrong last season by taking

their third straight regular-season Skyline title by going 13-4 after they were

ranked fourth in the preseason.


Coach: Bill Musto (fourth year)

Key Returnees: None.

Key Newcomers: So. 6-6 F Mike Artis (transfer/New York Tech); Jr. 5-11 G

Cyril Balfour (transfer/Bronx CC); Fr. 6-3 F Steven Glasco (Roslyn); Fr. 6-1 G

Pat Eustache (Elmont); Fr. 6-6 F Jason Randall (Manhasset).

Outlook: Good news:The Rams won Region XV last season and finished fifth in

the national tournament. Bad news:No one on this season's squad played on that

team. And by the way, the team jumps from NJCAA to Division III.

ST. JOSEPH'S (L.I.) (15-10)

Coach: Joe Maniaci (ninth season)

Key Returnees: Sr. 6-4 G/F Tom Solch (10.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 spg); Sr. 5-9

G Jon Hardy (8.3 ppg, school-record 45.9% 3-pt. FG); Sr. 6-5 F Doug Modica (8.2

ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Vinny Samuels (Longwood); Fr. 6-5 F John Parry

(Lindenhurst); Fr. 6-5 F Matt Mason (Massapequa).

Outlook: The Golden Eagles posted their best record since 1988, and see

promise in the freshmen, including guard Tim Trava, who expects to begin

practicing Tuesday after breaking his leg during soccer season.


Coach: Ron Jackson (14th season)

Key Returnees: So. 6-3 F Anthony Bryant (13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg); Jr. 6-2 G

Elvin McPherson (9.5 ppg); So. 5-8 G William Hall (4.4 ppg, 2.2 apg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 5-11 G Terrence Meggett (transfer/Georgia State); Jr.

5-9 G Jose Rids (transfer/Sufolk CC); So. 6-1 G/F Eddie Walker (transfer/New

York Tech).

Outlook: Only four players return. Meggett, a scorer who can slash, and

Rids, a pure shooter, will join Walker to split time at shooting guard.


Coach: Ed Primeggia (fifth year)

Key Returnees: Sr. 6-1 G/F John Sullivan (21.2 points); Jr. 6-1 Doug

Frauenberger (18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds); Sr. 6-0 F Tony Beale (4.5 rebounds,

2.9 assists).

Key Newcomers: Jr. 6-0 G/F Cory Bruno.

Outlook: Before Primeggia arrived in 1995, Webb had not won a game in nine

years. The one-semester program has improved its record in every year of his

tenure, including 1998-1999's back-to-back winning seasons for the first time

since Richard Nixon was president.

Junior Colleges

NASSAU CC (20-6, 16-4 REG. XV)

Coach: A.J. Wynder (fourth year)

Key Returnees: So. 6-0 G Rodney Grandy (16.4 ppg, 2.9 spg); So. 6-5 F

Rashawn Rosa (5.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg); So. 6-8 C Roberto Sabino (5.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Muhammad Oliver; 6-3 G Craig Banton; Fr. 6-3 F

Dervent Williams.

Outlook: Grandy, who won preseason All-America honors, will try to lead the

Lions beyond the Regional quarterfinals, where they lost to Kingsborough CC

last season.

SUFFOLK CC (12-12, 10-10 REG. XV)

Coach: Pete Meehan (second season)

Key Returnees: So. 6-4 G/F Michael Passias (7.2 points); So. 5-10 G Rory

Kuhn (6.4 points).

Key Newcomers: So. 6-10 C Garnett Thompson (transfer/SUNY-Farmingdale); Fr.

6-4 G Lucion Bloxon (Westhampton); Fr. 5-9 G Roj Draine (Long Beach).

Outlook: With only two returning players, it's up to newcomers like

Thompson, who should own the paint after sitting out a year. He better, because

he's the only Clipper taller than 6-4.

SUFFOLK-WEST (3-19, 3-13 REG. XV)

Coach: John DePass (first season)

Key Returnees: So. 5-10 Gs Jermaine Phillips and Kamau Joyner.

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-8 C Alvin Anyika; Fr. 5-10 G Jose Bermudez.

Outlook: It's a new era for the Longhorns. Putting the controversial firing

of Chris Agostino behind them, Suffolk-West moves into a $54-million facility

under the guidance of a new coach. Phillips and Joyner return after a one-year


City Schools

COLUMBIA (13-14, 7-7 IVY)

Coach: Armond Hill (sixth season)

Key Returnees: Jr. 6-6 F Craig Austin (14.2 points per game); Jr. 6-7 F Joe

Case (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Maurice Murphy; Fr. 6-8 F Grant Clemons.

Outlook: Losing guard Treg Duerksen for the season because of a knee injury

is a devastating blow, but returning all of its other starters has the

improved Lions picked fourth in the league.

FORDHAM (14-15, 7-9 A-10)

Coach: Bob Hill (second season)

Key Returnees: Sr. 6-2 G Bevon Robin (15.7 ppg); Sr. 5-9 G Jason Harris

(15.2 ppg, 78 steals); Jr. 6-9 F Duke Freeman-McKamey (11.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-8 F Jeff McMillan; Fr. 6-8 F Liberto Tetimadingar.

Outlook: Four of last season's five leading scorers return, yet their

erratic play has the team predicted to finish sixth in the conference.

IONA (20-11, 13-5 MAAC)

Coach: Jeff Ruland (third season)

Key Returnees: Jr. 6-5 F Dyree Wilson (14.6 ppg); Sr. 6-10 F/C Nakiea

Miller (13.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg); Sr. 6-7 G Phil Grant (10.6 ppg).

Key Newcomers: Sr. 6-0 G Earl Johnson; Fr. 6-7 F Drago Pavlovic.

Outlook: With the return of Wilson, one of the MAAC's best players, and the

addition of Rutgers transfer Johnson, Iona should repeat as MAAC champs.

LIU (8-19, 5-13 NEC)

Coach: Ray Martin (third season)

Key Returnees: Sr. 6-10 C Cheikh Fall (6.9 rpg); So. 6-0 G Antawn Dobie

(13.4 ppg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 5-11 G LaForest Knox.

Outlook: Picked to finish 10th in NEC. Richie Parker and Virgil Smiley are

gone, and Walter Price, a top recruit from New Jersey, is out for the season

with a shoulder injury. Guard Antawn Dobie (13.4 ppg) is out until January for

academic reasons.

MANHATTAN (12-15, 9-9 MAAC)

Coach: Bobby Gonzalez (second season)

Key Returnees: Sr. 6-7 F Durelle Brown (21.3 ppg); So. 6-5 F/G Bruce Seals

(14.6 ppg); Sr. 5-11 G Michael Johnson (10.7 ppg).

Key Newcomers: So. 6-2 G Justin Jackette; Jr. 5-10 G Von Damien Green; Fr.

6-7 F Dave Holmes.

Outlook: Gonzalez has the team, picked to finish third in the MAAC, pointed

in the right direction. Brown is first-team All-MAAC player.

WAGNER (11-16, 6-12 NEC)

Coach: Dereck Whittenburg (second season)

Key Returnees: So. 6-5 F Jermaine Hall (16.6 ppg); Jr. 6-7 F Chris Jackson

(12.3 ppg).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Courtney Pritchard; Fr. 6-6 F Juma Allen.

Outlook: Whittenburg turned down a job as an assistant with the Vancouver

Grizzlies and should coach an improved team with five returning starters and

the addition of Pritchard (Southampton).

NYU (14-11, 7-8 UAA)

Coach: Joe Nesci (13th season)

Key Returnees: Jr. 6-6 F Justin Hoffman (12.1 ppg); Jr. 6-4 F/G Brian

Beggans (11.8 ppg, 65 threes).

Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-5 G Andy Deane; Fr. 6-4 G James Houser.

Outlook: How an inexperienced backcourt meshes with an experienced

frontcourt will determine whether the D-III Violets can reach .500 in the

University Athletic Association.

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