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Timmy Bond
City, guard, senior

Bond grew up playing point guard and was often one of the smaller players on the court. He now stands 6-foot-5 and has the same skills, making him one of the area’s most versatile players. Whether the Knights need a big basket, an assist or defensive stop, they can always look to Bond. An All-Metro second-team selection last year, he averaged 13 points, five steals and four assists.

Phil Booth
Mount St. Joseph, guard, senior

The four-year starter and All-Metro first-team selection brings across-the-board talent to the Gaels. He averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists last season, earning Baltimore Catholic League Defender of the Year honors and tournament Most Valuable Player. Committed to Villanova, Booth has scored 1,200 points in his first three seasons.

Allen Costley
Milford Mill, forward, senior

A transfer from St. Frances last year, the 6-foot-6 Costley was instrumental in the Millers’ Class 3A state championship season with consistently strong inside play and a knack for standout efforts in big moments. The All-Metro first-team pick (15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game) went 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 16 points in the title game.

John Crosby
Poly, guard, senior

In his third varsity season, the talented point guard will be leaned on heavily as the Engineers try to build on last year’s state semifinal appearance. Crosby, who averaged 17 points, 8.5 assists and 9 rebounds last season, is an explosive talent with versatile skills who must provide leadership with a largely new cast around him.

Omari George
City, guard, senior

The 6-foot-4 George can hold his own from the perimeter or attacking the basket on offense, making him a tough assignment on opposing defenses. The All-Metro second-team selection averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds last season and also brings leadership qualities with his hard work and consistency.

Justin Jenifer
Milford Mill, guard, junior

One of the area’s most fun-to-watch players, Jenifer is equally adept at scoring or finding teammates to bring instant offense to the defending Class 3A state champion Millers. A transfer from John Carroll last year, the All-Metro second-team selection averaged 17 points and 12 assists as the Millers’ floor general.

Corey Martin
North County, guard, senior

An explosive scorer at the point, Martin can hit the long jumper or get to the basket despite constantly having to contend with extra attention from opponents. Last season, he led Anne Arundel County in scoring with 24.3 points per game — including 66 3-pointers’s — and also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 steals.

Dwayne Morgan
St. Frances, forward, senior

The 6-foot-7 Morgan can take whatever a defense gives him whether it’s a mismatch down low or space to knock down a 3-pointer. The UNLV-bound Morgan, who is rated No. 15 nationally by Rivals.com in the Class of 2014, averaged 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals last season and is primed for bigger things as the Panthers’ go-to player and leader.

Charlie Thomas
River Hill, forward, junior

The 6-foot-6 standout is the total package at both ends as he averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots last year. His ability to score with his back to the basket or by hitting long jumpers make him a nightmare to contain. Consistency is another trademark for Thomas, who reached double figures in every game but one last season.

Kamau Stokes
City, guard, senior

After helping John Carroll to an MIAA A championship as a sophomore and then Dunbar to the Class 1A crown last year, Stokes could help add to the Knights’ trophy case. As one of the area’s finest perimeter shooters, he averaged 14 points at Dunbar last season. The All-Metro second-team pick thrives in the big moments and brings a valuable championship pedigree to the Knights.

Other notable players: Jaylen Adams, Mount St. Joseph; Chancellor Barnard, Glenelg Country; Juan Brown, Annapolis; Lolami Charles, Milford Mill; Keith Claiborne, Winters Mill; Jerell Cooke, Randallstown; Alex D’Alessio, Broadneck; Robert Davis, Marriotts Ridge; Tristan Easton, Meade; Drew Edwards, Calvert Hall; Evan Fisher, McDonogh; Darryn Garner, Aberdeen; Keandre Gibson, Dunbar; Jourdan Grant, Archbishop Spalding; Jared Hamilton, St. Frances; Roderick Harrison, Edgewood; Gary Jefferson, Archbishop Spalding; David Jones, Old Mill; Elijah Kess, Lake Clifton; C.J. Keyser, Patterson Mill; Taylor Kitzmiller, Severna Park; Kai Locksley, Gilman; Kimbal MacKenzie, John Carroll; Chris Manning, Randallstown; Sean Mayberry, Calvert Hall; Corey Mendez, Digital Harbor; Jordan McNeil, Mount St. Joseph; Mamadou Ndiaye, Oakland Mills; Nick Oates, Glenelg; Dereck Oliver, Patterson; Lionel Owona, John Carroll; Sir Nicholas Phillips, Joppatowne; Kyle Reilly, Reservoir; Kevin Ringgold, Edgewood; Will Robinson, St. Frances; Joe Sands, Winters Mill; Skyler Shaffer, Westminster; Danny Shand, New Town; Devin Smith, Randallstown; Bruce Spruell, Arundel; Kevin Steadman, Century; Michael Stefanides, C. Milton Wright; Rashad Wattie, Edmondson; Camari Wilkerson, Glen Burnie; Daryll Williams, Glenelg Country; Daniel Wilson, St. Paul’s

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