The boys basketball program at Long Island Lutheran has a longstanding tradition of excellence. With a record seven New York State Federation titles, the team enters each season with high expectations. Although winning is a goal for the boys, character development and academic achievement take priority over championships and records. The Crusaders play an independent schedule throughout the regular season, competing against both public and private schools. Each year, the program competes in several elite regional and national tournaments as well. Recent graduates Achraf Yacoubou (2011) and Kentan Facey (2013) have won the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year award, which recognizes the state's top candidate for athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character. Head Coach John Buck enters his 9th year leading the program.
Mr. Buck is a Long Island Lutheran graduate, class of 2002. At LuHi, he was a three year member of the varsity basketball team. He played collegiate basketball at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a member of Wake Forest's 2003 ACC regular season championship team, and was voted co-captain during his senior season. Coach Buck has led the Crusaders to two state Federation titles, in 2011 and 2012, and was named New York State Sportswriters Coach of the Year in 2011. He strongly believes in emphasizing "The ABCs", as first taught to him by the late Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser. Academics, Basketball, and Character are reinforced consistently within the boys program, with character development being the ultimate focus.