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ISLAND GARDEN - CONSTANTLY GETTING BETTER
by Larry Miller - 05/19/20 10:56 AM
AAU POSTPONED THROUGH JUNE
by Larry Miller - 05/18/20 07:43 PM
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by Larry Miller - 05/07/20 08:00 AM
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ISLAND GARDEN - CONSTANTLY GETTING BETTER Larry Miller 05/19/20 02:56 PM
AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND ISLAND GARDEN, SUPER LEAGUE, LIGHTNING AND NY AAU
As of May 16, 2020

These times have presented us with the greatest challenge to improve.

This past week, I had the privilege of hearing Brad Stevens, the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics speak. He is not only a great coach and brilliant motivator but also a highly intelligent human being. Among the several things he said that all the participants could take away was the fact that these times are for the intrinsically motivated. That meant to me that we take advantage of the free time we now have to reevaluate our standards and knowledge and see how we can improve. Coach Stevens also cautioned his fellow coaches ” to resist the moss” during these times which meant that we have to get better every day. That is a high standard but a challenge we will try to live up to! Coach also said that a great work ethic, positive attitude, and an ability to be connected to your teammates are absolute requirements for every player on his team.

May 15th, the Junior NBA hosted an outstanding training session featuring Steph Curry and others. Steph urged all of us not to take those around you for granted. He was referring first and foremost to family. These difficult times are providing us with greater opportunities to spend time with family and enjoy each other. In addition to family, these times certainly bring out how important our relationships at work are. This is especially true in the world of basketball where we rely so much on each other both on and off the court. The game of basketball is truly a team game where everyone has a role so that the team can be successful. I agree with Steph very strongly that we need our teammates in order to be successful but even more importantly to be happy in what we do every day. We must stay connected to our teammates and fellow workers in order to continually improve.

As far as Island Garden is concerned, we have no strong estimate when we will be able to reopen. We have been preparing, however, for when that day comes. We have a company that will disinfect both Island Garden and JMF on a regular basis. We also have arranged for training of our cleaning staff so that the playing areas will be kept constantly clean and disinfected. Staff is constantly compiling research as to the proper protocols for assembly, number of people who can be admitted, social distance, ongoing disinfecting and all else which will be required. Our goal is to have every parent trust us that the Island Garden will be a safe place to bring their children. If we cannot meet the government standards, we will not open. We, however, believe that we can because no one works harder than my staff and no one cares more about doing what is right, now more than ever.

AAU is still on hold. Boys Basketball District Championships and Zero Gravity events have been postponed for May and June. If safe, we will extend what would have been the Spring Season to the Summer and Fall. We are not giving up!

Lightning Basketball is likewise on hold. As I have said many times in recent weeks, we are fortunate to have two facilities under our control which means that Lightning teams will be able to return to practice as soon as it is safe. Many other clubs are dependent upon schools and churches which will be reluctant to rent their facilities. It is our vision to have Lightning teams practicing and playing games on a regular basis because we control our own fate, AFTER WE ARE TOLD BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE CAN PROCEED.

In all, it is most important that everyone remain safe. We will always put people first. Island Garden, Lightning Basketball and NY AAU will return to be the center of youth basketball just as soon as possible and long before many others can get back on the courts. We will share this position of advantage with our friends as much as possible so that we all can get back to the game we love.

Finally, we may be closed but we are working every day to still be AWESOME.


Please stay well and safe.
Jim Fox
Executive Director
Island Garden

"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." Bobby Unser
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AAU POSTPONED THROUGH JUNE Larry Miller 05/18/20 11:43 PM
Local AAU events are still on hold. The Boys Basketball District Championships have been postponed for May and June. If safe, the AUU will extend what would have been the Spring Season to the Summer and Fall.
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LUHI'S SLATER RESIGNS Larry Miller 05/07/20 12:00 PM
After a 234-58 record over 12 seasons, which included 4 New York State Federation titles, Rich Slater has stepped down as Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Team at Long Island Lutheran. Assistant Christina Raiti, who was part of LuHi’s 2011 Federation Team, has been named the new coach. She has been an assistant for the past four years. The Crusaders finished the 2019-2020 season 22-1 and ranked #1 in New York State, but never got the chance to play for a 5th title.
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2020 N.Y. SEASON SCORING LEADERS Larry Miller 05/04/20 01:36 PM
2020 N.Y. SEASON SCORING LEADERS
Markus Robinson C.G. Finney-5 Fr. 43.5
Brett Rumpel Seton Catholic-4 Jr. 34.9
Khalil Brantley Boys & Girls-CHS Jr. 34.1
DaMarco Watson Eagle Academy-PSAL Sr. 33.3
Mason Putnam Prattsburgh-5 Sr. 32.4
Maximillian Egner Maspeth-PSAL Sr. 30.9
Jonah McDonald Chateaugay-10 Sr. 30.9
Peyton Lufkin Argyle-2 Sr. 30.4
Jordyn Lanaux Herkimer-3 Sr. 30.3
Aiden Retzos Faith Heritage-3 Jr. 30.3
Xavier Allen Mattituck-11 Sr. 30.1
Gabriel Franklin Hunter College-PSAL Sr. 30.1
Prince Reid Bronx Teaching & Learning-PSAL Sr. 29.9
Steven Turner South Bronx Prep-PSAL Jr. 29.0
Cameron Barmore Panam-a6 Sr. 28.9
J.J. Starling Baldwinsville-3 So. 28.6
Lavardi Mance Global Concepts-6 Sr. 28.3
Zaire Baines Portledge-AIS So. 28.0
Trayvon Turner Biondi-1 Jr. 28.0
Josh Fenner John Glenn-11 Sr. 28.0
Shane O'Dell Schalmont-2 Sr. 27.8
Deon McLaughlin Brooklyn College-PSAL Sr. 27.8
Melvin Council University Prep-5 Sr. 27.8
Zeke Pulliam Berne-Knox-Westerlo-2 Jr. 27.5
Jon Kempf Hoosick Falls-2 Sr. 27.2
Colton Dillon Elba-5 Sr. 27.0
Tah'Jae Hill Hilton-5 Sr. 27.0
Antonio Taylor Peekskill-1 Sr. 27.0
Liam Murphy St. Peter's-CHS Sr. 26.9
Jaquan Carlos Thomas Jefferson-PSAL Jr. 26.7
De'Jour Reaves Corcoran-3 Sr. 26.7
Azriel Almodovar Bronx Law, Govt & Justice-PSAL Sr. 26.6
Jeremy Moranta Transit Tech-PSAL Sr. 26.6
R.J. Davis Archbishop Stepinac-CHS Sr. 26.5
Dior Davis Murry Bergtraum-PSAL Jr. 26.4
Scott Woodring Waverly-4 Sr. 26.3
Malik Edmead Deer Park-11 Sr. 26.3
Eric Davis South Bronx Prep-PSAL Sr. 26.1
Dante Bouchard Gloversville-2 Sr. 26.0
Roddy Gayle Lewiston-Porter-6 So. 25.8
Edwin Seton Institute of Technology-3 Sr. 25.7
Keegan Zoller Ballston Spa-2 Sr. 25.7
Anthony Rose Fannie Lou Hamer-PSAL Sr. 25.6
Royal Brown Cohoes-2 Fr. 25.4
J.J. Chestnut Watervliet-2 Sr. 25.2
Trashawn Reynolds Albert Tuitt-PSAL So. 25.1
Jarrett Dingle Academy Charter-8 So. 25.1
Ty-Shon Pannell Central Islip-11 Sr. 25.1
Tony Arnold Eastridge-5 Sr. 25.1
Tyler Hind Randolph-6 Sr. 25.0
Lavon Fernandez Catskill-2 Sr. 25.0
Anthony Girard North Warren-2 Jr. 25.0
Andrew Pelkey Schroon Lake-7 Sr. 25.0
Shamar Chester Construction-PSAL Jr. 24.8
Cole Lapinel Jefferson-4 Sr. 24.7
Trent Lomax Percy E. Sutton-PSAL Sr. 24.7
Zaveon Little Voorheesville-2 So. 24.6
Camden Chance Clyde-Savannah-5 Jr. 24.6
Kobe Long McQuaid Jesuit-5 Sr. 24.5
Dante Conley-Leonardi Baruch College-PSAL Sr. 24.2
Connor Recore Saranac-7 Sr. 24.1
Kieran Dorney Chaminade-CHS Sr. 24.1
Brandon Weiss Jericho-8 Sr. 24.1
Danny McMahon Hadley-Luzerne-2 Sr. 23.9
Alex Barnhill Mekeel Christian-2 Jr. 23.9
Jackson Atty Fond-aFultonville-2 Sr. 23.8
Chris Cain Pine Bush-9 Sr. 23.8
Jarett Williams Granville-2 Sr. 23.2
Sitony Diedhiou Washington Irving-PSAL Sr. 23.2
Jahdon Jerome Townsend Harris-PSAL Jr. 23.1
Zecharia Harris-Scott East-5 Sr. 23.1
Ahkee Anderson Center Moriches-11 Sr. 23.0
Jordan Reilly Brentwood-11 Jr. 23.0
Jermaine Taggart McQuaid Jesuit-5 Sr. 23.0
Darnell Evans Amityville-11 Sr. 23.0
Jacob Shadders Pittsford Mendon-5 Jr. 22.9
Quion Burns White Plains-1 Sr. 22.8
Damani Claxton Graphics Campus-PSAL Sr. 22.8
Jarmond Jones Middle College-6 Sr. 22.7
T.J. Long Holy Trinity-CHS Sr. 22.7
Joe Manfredi Regis-CHS Sr. 22.6
Tomer Oron Math, Science & Engineer-PSAL Jr. 22.4
Randy Crosby WHEELS-PSAL Jr. 22.4
Andrew Mason Webster Thomas-5 Sr. 22.4
Ben Pearce Rye Country Day-AIS Jr. 22.2
Kyle Gaumes Lyme-3 Jr. 22.1
Jamyier Patton Bishop Timon-St. Jude-MMA Jr. 22.1
Dayquan Griffin Hudson-2 Sr. 22.1
Jaemon Turner Niagara Falls-6 Sr. 22.1
Shane Regan Rye Country Day-AIS Sr. 22.0
Josh Martin Edmeston-4 Jr. 22.0
Darius Boben James O'Neill-9 Sr. 22.0
A'Mag Tate Canarsie-PSAL Sr. 22.0
Colbie Young Binghamton-4 Sr. 22.0
Cosby Napoleon Erasmus Hall-PSAL So. 22.0
Vin Molisani Caledoni-aMumford-5 Sr. 21.9
Isaiah Wilson Lyme-3 Sr. 21.8
Aidan Horan Nichols-MMA Sr. 21.7
Christian Kellman John Adams-PSAL Sr. 21.6
Trey Kleitz Iroquois-6 So. 21.5
Graham Wooden Oneont-a4 Sr. 21.2
Alex Haight Delhi-4 Jr. 21.2
Devin Dennard Elmira-4 Sr. 21.2
Xavier Hill Johnson City-4 Sr. 21.2
Dylan Jacob Walton-4 Sr. 21.1
Jimmy Connell Old Forge-3 Sr. 21.0
Dekwan Grant Utica Science-3 Jr. 21.0
O'Zhell Jackson Adlai Stevenson-PSAL Sr. 21.0
Joey Rowback Gloversville-2 Sr. 21.0
Nick Spinosa Kellenberg-CHS Sr. 21.0
Damien Call Rome Free Academy-3 Sr. 20.9
Kevin Tabb Thomas Jefferson-PSAL Sr. 20.9
Jadon Sullivan Harrisville-10 Sr. 20.8
Nick Townsend Horace Greeley-1 So. 20.8
Jayshen Saigal Scarsdale-1 Sr. 20.8
Franklin Infante East Rockaway-8 Jr. 20.7
Jaylen Stewart Amherst-6 Sr. 20.7
Brandon Harris Alexander Hamilton-1 Jr. 20.6
Payton Shumpert Jamesville-DeWitt-3 Sr. 20.6
Josh Gattling Monticello-9 Sr. 20.6
Jarett Beach LaFargeville-3 Sr. 20.3
Cheickne Toure Fannie Lou Hamer-PSAL Jr. 20.3
Mike Sixsmith Holy Trinity-CHS Sr. 20.3
Richard Nweke Dwight-AIS So. 20.2
Jackson Jones Ogdensburg Free Acsademy-10 Sr. 20.2
Justin Zieris Monsignor Farrell-CHS Jr. 20.2
Jarron Joseph Albertus Magnus-1 Sr. 20.2
Eric O'Neill Tottenville-PSAL Jr. 20.2
Isaiah Knight Lansingburgh-2 Sr. 20.2
Riley Stella York-5 Sr. 20.1
Devon Haye Catskill-2 Sr. 20.1
Luis Kortright St. Raymond-CHS Sr. 20.1
Julien Soumaoro Cardinal Hayes-CHS Sr. 20.1
JaVaughn Jones Health Sciences-6 Jr. 20.1
Jason Darbouze Eagle Academy III-PSAL Sr. 20.1
Ian Anderson South Lewis-3 Jr. 20.0
Cody Lambert Northern Adirondack-7 Jr. 20.0
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AAU LIFTING SUSPENSION Larry Miller 05/04/20 12:36 PM
As of May 1st, the AAU is evaluating lifting the temporary suspension of AAU events (in place since March 12th) in certain areas of the country. “This first phase of re-opening AAUA event programming will only apply to select locales where it has been deemed safe to do so” the AAU said in a statement. Editor: New York is unlikely to be included. It will be interesting to see if New York teams will be allowed to participate in out of state events, and if so, what the procedure will be.
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