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All-Long Island boys basketball team

by Mike Gavin and Bob Herzog on
Sat, Apr 7, 2012 1:27 PM

Updated Thu, Apr 12, 2012 11:01 AM
All-Long Island boys basketball team
Photo by Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz

Long Island Player of the Year

LUCAS WOODHOUSE, Harborfields, guard, Senior
Woodhouse scored seven points in the fourth quarter and assisted on a crucial basket in the final minute as Harborfields went on to upend previously unbeaten Tappan Zee, 67-58, in the Class A state championship game at Glens Falls Civic Center. For his role in winning the first state title in school history, Woodhouse was named Newsday’s boys basketball Player of the Year and the winner of the 2012 Sandler Award as Suffolk County Player of the Year.

Nassau Player of the Year

SHAQUILLE MOSLEY, Uniondale, guard, Senior
Mosley’s team won plenty of games during the course of his varsity career, which he capped this season by being named Newsday’s Nassau County Player of the Year. The point guard averaged 25.8 points, second most on Long Island, added five assists and three steals per game and hit a Nassau-best 60 three-pointers. He led the Knights to an undefeated regular season but his 22 points in the county championship game weren’t enough as Uniondale fell, 57-53, to Baldwin.

EMILE BLACKMAN, Half Hollow Hills West, forward, Senior
Set the record for most varsity boys basketball games played (89) in school history and was the leading scorer (20 ppg) and rebounder (10.5 rpg) for the Suffolk League IV champions. Improved his outside shooting and overall floor game (6.5 apg) and flourished as the team’s go-to guy after playing a complementary role as a starter on the Long Island championship teams led by Tavon Sledge (2011) and Tobias Harris (2010). Finished his career with 1,257 points, No. 2 in Colts history behind Harris (2,105). One of the most acrobatic dunkers on Long Island.

KEVIN BOWLES, Kellenberg, guard, Senior
Bowles averaged 18 points and eight rebounds and, as one of the team’s tri-captains, helped lead the Firebirds to their first regular season CHSAA title since 1988. The CHSAA player of the year scored a career-high 31 points against Long Beach in January and amassed point totals of 28 and 25 points in games after that. He was known for his steely court presence and ability to come up in the clutch — evidenced by his 15 fourth-quarter points in a come-from-behind win over Regis on Jan. 31.

EVAN MAXWELL, East Islip, center, Senior
At 6-8, Maxwell was a dominant force in the low blocks with superb footwork and pivot moves. He averaged 20 points and 16 rebounds in leading the Redmen to the League III championship. In a 60-59 playoff victory over Kings Park, Maxwell scored a career high 40 points and also grabbed 20 rebounds. His previous career-high was 31 points in a mid-January victory over Riverhead. Maxwell registered two other 20-20 double-doubles — 27 points and 24 boards in a victory over North Babylon, and 22 points with 20 rebounds in a win over Islip.

ALEX RAWA, Locust Valley, forward, Senior
The 6-4 three-sport athlete did a little bit of everything, and played everywhere from point guard to center, while leading Locust Valley to its first county championship. He led the team in scoring (18.8 points), crashed the boards (12.3 rebounds), distributed the ball (4.5 assists) and made an impact defensively (two blocks and two steals per game). After leading Locust Valley to a three-point win over Cold Spring Harbor for the county title, he had 16 points and showed his all-around versatility in a close loss to Center Moriches in the Long Island championship.

JUSTIN RINGEN, Harborfields, forward, Senior
Leading scorer (20 ppg) and three-point shooter (68 in 26 games) for the first state championship team in school history. Ringen came up huge upstate. In the state Class A championship game against previously unbeaten Tappan Zee, Ringen capably handled the point guard duties for more than 10 minutes with Lucas Woodhouse in foul trouble. In four state and Federation games at Glens Falls and Albany, Ringen totaled 16 three-pointers. He scored a school-record 40 points against Shoreham-Wading River in the Suffolk Class A semifinals, hitting 16 of 25 shots, including 7 of 14 treys.

STEW WARREN, Lindenhurst, forward, Senior
Playing less than three varsity seasons, Warren scored 1,185 career points. He scored his 1,000th point on Jan. 31 against Central Islip, reaching that plateau in fewer games than any player in school history. A versatile swing man, Warren averaged 20.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals. He was voted League II player of the year, an award that was no doubt cemented when Warren scored 31 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the fifth-seeded Bulldogs’ upset of top-seeded Half Hollow Hills West in the Suffolk Class AA quarterfinals.

BRANDON WILLIAMS, Baldwin, guard, Senior
The Molloy-bound point guard averaged 15 points, eight assists and four steals per game for the Long Island champion Bruins. He elevated his play in the fourth quarter throughout the postseason, showing his ability to penetrate and distribute. He scored seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter of a 57-53 win over unbeaten Uniondale in the Nassau Class AA championship game. He led Baldwin to a 68-56 win over Floyd in the LIC by scoring six of his 16 in the fourth and adding nine assists and six steals.

ANTHONY WHITE, Floyd, guard, Senior
A versatile 6-3 player whom late coach Bob Hodgson called “Mr. Fix-It,” White had already accepted a basketball scholarship to St. Francis (Brooklyn) before this season, but he certainly wasn’t complacent. In leading the Colonials to the Suffolk Class AA crown, White averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, 3.5 blocks and four steals and finished with 1,222 career points. White called Hodgson. who passed away shortly after the end of the season “a father figure” and credited him for developing both his game and his character.

Nassau Coach of the Year - Darius Burton, Baldwin

Suffolk Coach of the Year - Chris Agostino, Harborfields

Justin Bell, North Shore, guard, Senior
Ryan DeNicola, L.I. Lutheran, forward, Senior
Jon Feiler, Smithtown East, center, Senior
Richie Hobson, Amityville, guard, Senior
Garrett Johnson, Jericho, guard, Junior
K.J. Lee, L.I. Lutheran, guard, Junior
Tim McKenzie, Central Islip, guard, Junior
Dalique Mingo, Farmingdale, guard, Junior
John Patron, Harborfields, forward, Senior
Tidell Pierre, Hempstead, forward, Junior
Ryan Spadaford (pictured), South Side, forward, Senior
Kenny Woodard, Uniondale, center, Senior


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