Long Island athletes in the pros now

A look at the Long Islanders making a career as professional athletes across the worlds of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer.

This database is of active athletes only and excludes the minor leagues of the respective sports. It includes professional athletes who list a Long Island hometown and/or attended high school on Long Island. It does not include athletes who only played college sports on Long Island or who have settled on Long Island later in life.





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name Hometown school league team Pro debut note Twitter
name Tobias Harris Hometown Dix Hills school Half Hollow Hills West league NBA team Philadelphia 76ers Pro debut January 7, 2012 note Harris was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Bobcats in 2011, but was traded to the Bucks later on draft night. Twitter @tobias31
name Tim Melia Hometown East islip school East Islip league MLS team Sporting Kansas City Pro debut July 1, 2009 note Melia was the 2015 MLS Comeback Player of the Year and 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for Sporting KC. Twitter @TimMelia28
name Cari Roccaro Hometown East Islip school East Islip league NWSL team North Carolina Courage Pro debut April 16, 2016 note Newsday's girls soccer player of the year in 2011, Roccaro won the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup for the United States Twitter @cari_roccaro
name Greg Senat Hometown Elmont school Elmont league NFL team Baltimore Ravens Pro debut N/A note Senat originally attended Wagner to play basketball, playing just two years of college football before being drafted. Twitter @gregorysenat
name Timon Parris Hometown Elmont school Floral Park league NFL team Washington Redskins Pro debut December 22, 2018 note Parris thrived at Stony Brook, earning All-CAA football honors for three consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2017. Twitter
name Keith Kinkaid Hometown Farmingville school Sachem East league NHL team Columbus Blue Jackets Pro debut March 5, 2013 note Kinkaid was a bronze medalist for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Championships. Twitter @Blockaid1
name Emily Menges Hometown Garden City school Garden City league NWSL team Portland Thorns FC Pro debut April 12, 2014 note Menges was the 25th overall selection in the 2014 NWSL draft, winning the league title with the Thorns in 2017. Twitter @em_meningitis3
name Nick Markakis Hometown Glen Cove school N/A league MLB team Atlanta Braves Pro debut April 3, 2006 note The three-time Gold Glove winner moved from Long Island to Woodstock, Georgia with his family as a child. Twitter
name Tim Parker Hometown Hicksville school Hicksville league MLS team Red Bulls Pro debut May 3, 2015 note A four-year starter at St. John's, Parker was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver. Twitter @Tim_Parker26
name Anthony Bitetto Hometown Island Park school West Hempstead league NHL team Minnesota Wild Pro debut January 17, 2015 note Bitetto was a member of the Nashville Predators when the team reached its first Stanley Cup Final in 2017, but did not play in the series. Twitter @ABitetto7
name Joe Scally Hometown Lake Grove school Sachem North league MLS team NYCFC Pro debut June 8, 2018 note Scally signed a pro contract out of NYCFC's academy at age 15, making him ineligible for high school soccer. Twitter @jjscally_10
name Charlie McAvoy Hometown Long Beach school Long Beach league NHL team Boston Bruins Pro debut April 12, 2017 note McAvoy attended Long Beach for one year before moving to Michigan to join the USA Hockey developmental team. Twitter @CMcAvoy44
name Sean Nealis Hometown Massapequa school Massapequa league MLS team Red Bulls Pro debut February 27, 2019 note As a senior at Hofstra, Nealis was the 2018 CAA defensive player of the year. Twitter
name Marcus Stroman Hometown Medford school Patchogue-Medford league MLB team Toronto Blue Jays Pro debut May 4, 2014 note Before winning a Gold Glove in 2017, Stroman won the 2008 Yastrzemski Award for Suffolk's best ballplayer. Twitter @MStrooo6
name Luis Felipe Fernandes Hometown Mineola school N/A league MLS team San Jose Earthquakes Pro debut April 3, 2016 note Fernandes played his youth soccer in Brazil for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Twitter @luisfelipe_7
name Cheick Diallo Hometown N/A school Our Savior New American league NBA team New Orleans Pelicans Pro debut October 29, 2016 note A native of Mali, Diallo was Newsday's player of the year in 2015 before attending Kansas. Twitter @cheick_diallo13
name Danny Green Hometown North Babylon school St. Mary's league NBA team Toronto Raptors Pro debut November 12, 2009 note Green won an NCAA title with North Carolina in 2009 and an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Twitter @DGreen_14
name Bria Hartley Hometown North Babylon school North Babylon league WNBA team Liberty Pro debut May 16, 2014 note Newsday's girls baskeball player of the year in 2010, Hartley won a pair of national titles at UConn. Twitter @Breezyyy14
name Allie Long Hometown Northport school Northport league NWSL team Seattle Reign Pro debut April 18, 2009 note Long was Newsday's girls soccer player of the year in 2004 and 2005, never losing a regular season game in four years at Northport. Twitter @ALLIE_LONG
name Crystal Dunn Hometown Rockville Centre school South Side league NWSL team North Carolina Courage Pro debut April 13, 2014 note A three-time state title winner with South Side, Dunn now is a fixture at fullback for the U.S. women's national team. Twitter @crysdunn_19
name Meredith Speck Hometown Rockville Centre school Sacred Heart league NWSL team North Carolina Courage Pro debut September 30, 2015 note An All-LI midfielder in 2009 and 2010, Speck won the 2018 NWSL title with North Carolina. Twitter @meredithspeck25
name Kevin McCarthy Hometown Rockville Centre school Kellenberg league MLB team Kansas City Royals Pro debut September 9, 2016 note At Marist, McCarthy was the 2013 MAAC Co-Relief Pitcher of the Year. Twitter @KMAC_n_cheez15
name Greg Van Roten Hometown Rockville Centre school Chaminade league NFL team Carolina Panthers Pro debut November 18, 2012 note Van Roten played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 2015 and 2016 before returning to the NFL with the Jaguars, then catching on in Carolina. Twitter @GVR64
name Dana Trivigno Hometown Setauket school N/A league NWHL team Boston Pride Pro debut October 9, 2016 note Trivigno twice has won gold at the IIHF Women's World Championships with the U.S. women's national team, going back-to-back in 2015-16. Twitter @DANEgles8
name Kyle Palmieri Hometown Smithtown school N/A league NHL team New Jersey Devils Pro debut November 3, 2010 note The No. 26 pick in the 2009 NHL draft, Palmieri moved from Long Island to New Jersey as a child. Twitter @kylepalmieri
name Steven Matz Hometown Stony Brook school Ward Melville league MLB team Mets Pro debut June 28, 2015 note Matz was Newsday's player of the year and won the Yastrzemski Award for Suffok's best ballplayer in 2009. Twitter @Smatz88
name Sue Bird Hometown Syosset school Christ the King league WNBA team Seattle Storm Pro debut May 30, 2002 note Bird, the WNBA's all-time assist leader, has won gold with the United States in each of the last four Olympics. Twitter @S10Bird
name Nick Tropeano Hometown West Islip school West Islip league MLB team Los Angeles Angels Pro debut September 10, 2014 note Tropeano is the third former Stony Brook player to reach the majors after Joe Nathan and Tom Koehler. Twitter @PaPaTropeano
name Shamar Stephen Hometown Westbury school LI Lutheran league NFL team Minnesota Vikings Pro debut September 7, 2014 note Stephen was a three-sport athlete at LuHi, earning letters in football, basketball and lacrosse. Twitter @ShamarStephen59

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