Suffolk county Section Xi has had major changes to their leagues for this coming season. Here is your one stop shopping guide to where your team is playing. Plus we throw in predictions to win the league, sleeper teams and what players are POY canidates. Each team will play each other once play teams close to their school in proximity a second time. This will be only for this season, as NY State high school basketball has decided to add a class AAA next season details will be laid out in late 2023.
League 1 AA West Division
Half Hollow Hills East*
playoff team *
In my opinion this is the best league on Long Island. Extremely top heavy and your looking at 8 teams who have legitimate shots at the playoffs. Besides those nine teams there are five teams that would have to be considered the favorites to win the Suffolk Championship.
Not only does Bayshore have the players. It has went back in time with Coach Parham returning. One of the most successful coaches on Long Island when he was at Bayshore he brings back that winning culture based on discipline and fundamentally sound and smart play.
But you need the horses and he has them in Terrell Adderley and Michael Samuda. Terrell is an athletic slasher. We have been very impressed with Michael having seen him at a couple of events over the summer. A long athletic slasher who can step out and drill the three. Michael is our pick for POY in this league if Bayshore is to win it.
The perennial playoff participant and county and state contender year after year Brentwood never should be counted out. They have lost some major talent in the last two years due to graduation but they should never be in the mix. Marquese Denis (2024)will be relied on to continue Brentwood’s quest for a title. He may have went unnoticed by opponents early but was a player coaches had to prepare for by the end of the season. He can score in a variety of ways extremely strong with the ball.
Northport and Smithtown West were both in the final four last year. Northport won the Suffolk title 2 years ago. so neither team would be a surprise .They have both lost some key players to graduation. Northport will rely ona smooth shooter and ball handler who has the ability to score in bunches. Smithtown West has 6”6 Inside out player . He is capable of putting the team on his back. He is sneaky and deceptively quick player getting to the rim. His length will be hard to stop. On the defensive end he alters shots and controls the glass. These two players would be the leaders for POY if their respective teams win it all. Both teams are coached well and have the culture to win this league.
Commack might not have the best player in the league but they start three players who all can be all county players. Every year it seems Commack is pretty good but by the end of the year they are really good. Alot of credit to Coach Smith he gets the most out of his players and really good talent keeps on coming up the pipeline. Ethan Miesel a 6”6 post who takes up space. He is a strong big framed post who can score inside but can can also stretch the floor and shoot the three.we have liked since his freshman year and he has improved every year. He is a scoring point guard. Can run the offense ,is very strong with the ball going to the rim. He can get off his own shot or off the kickout. is an old school throwback. High basketball IQ and instincts. He moves really well without the ball finding the open gaps. An excellent mid range shooter. This trio of players can propel Commack to a league title run.
North Babylon should be a playoff team. They have two players who will show up every night leading the way.an athletic wing scores in a multiple ways. He can get to the rim and contort his body to score the ball. will run the show from the point guard position. His head is always up looking to make a play. He can weave inside and score or dish it off. If defenders play off him he can drill the three.
Copiague will be led by. This strong do it all athletic guard is coming off of a very successful summer season. In numerous events he was near the top of leading scorers. Malachi one of the top players on the Island can score the ball using strength and quickness. Plus he defends as well as any player on the Island.
It is a little different this coming season for Hills East. No longer is Coach Basel roaming the sidelines, he has retired from coaching. A fixture in the county championship and Long Island Championship picture for many years. They will be a young but promising club.