Grand company: Fellus, Mingo join 1,000 pt. club
The career arcs of Herricks' Andrew Fellus and Farmingdale's Dalique Mingo have been similar.
Both were called up to varsity in their freshman year. They spent the last four seasons establishing themselves as two of the best guards on Long Island. And this past week, they scored their 1,000th career point within 48 hours of each other.
Mingo entered Farmingdale's 61-48 win over Massapequa on Tuesday looking to become the fifth player in program history to join the 1,000-point club. Late in the first half, he received the ball in the post and banked in a shot to officially earn his induction.
Timeout was called and Mingo, a 6-2 combo guard who is averaging 18.7 points per game, was joined at midcourt by the club's other four members -- Greg and Matt Wildes, Steve Restivo and Jim Graziano.
"I felt honored for them to take the time out of their day to come all the way back here to celebrate me getting 1,000 points," Mingo said. "It felt really good to join them."
Fellus entered Thursday's 61-45 win over Bellmore JFK, needing 19 points to reach 1,000 in his career. The 5-8 point guard hit his first seven shots and with 3:30 left in the half, hit a pull-up jumper at the foul line to join the most exclusive of clubs.
"No one in Herricks' history has done it," Fellus said, "so it feels pretty cool."
Fellus became the program's all-time scoring leader in the previous game, breaking the record of 976 held by his former teammate Shaan Rahi.
Fellus said it was Rahi who put a good word to help get him on varsity as a freshman three years ago. Back then, Fellus was more of a set shooter. As opponents began to take away his lethal outside shot, he worked on his ballhandling and bulked up in the gym and now attacks the basket. With the added dimension, he is averaging 25.3 points per game.
"If you keep trying to improve a little each year from when you're a freshman until you're a senior, you can get to that milestone," Fellus said. "I think that's what Dalique did, and that's what I did, as well."