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LARRY BASTFIELD
Towson Catholic, guard

With the 6-foot Bastfield at point guard thepast two seasons, the Owls have won59 games. Bastfield averaged 12 points, fiveassists, three steals and four rebounds for lastyear's No. 1 team. The senior has signed withToledo.

TROY FRANKLIN
Mount Carmel, guard

Franklin, 5 feet 10, averaged 15.5 points,four assists and 2.5 steals as a junior for theCougars and was named All-MarylandInterscholastic Athletic Association BConference. His play for the Baltimore StarsAmateur Athletic Union team last spring andsummer raised his stock, and he chose TowsonUniversity out of a dozen scholarship offers.

BRANDON GREENE
Towson Catholic, forward

While playing in the shadows of his cousin,Donte Greene, and Malcolm Delaney lastseason,Greene, 6-6, averaged 12 points,nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Thesenior, who will start for a third season, is anaggressive force in the paint. He has receivedscholarship offers from several Division Ischools, including Loyola and Robert Morris.

J.J. HICKS
Broadneck, forward

Hicks has drawn interest from severalcolleges to play football as a receiver or adefensive back, but also is skilled on thebasketball court, where he led the Bruins to theAnne Arundel County championship last year.Hicks, 6-2, averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 reboundsand 2.8 assists last year as a junior and wasnamed to the All-Metro second team.

SEAN MOSLEY
St. Frances, forward-guard

The Maryland-bound Mosley, a three-timeAll-Metro selection entering his senior season,is ranked No. 60 in the Rivals.com Top 150 forthe class of 2008 and No. 13 for shootingguards. Mosley, 6-4, averaged 21 points, eightrebounds, six assists, four steals and 3.5 blocks.The area's best all-around player, he can scoreby posting up or shooting threes.

ISAIAH PHILMORE
John Carroll, forward

A second-team All-Metro player as asophomore last year, Philmore, 6-7, is thecenterpiece of the upstart Patriots. Philmoreaveraged 15.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assistsand 1.6 steals. He is ranked 69th nationally inthe Rivals.com Top 150 for the class of 2009,No. 24 as a power forward. He already hasscholarship offers from Virginia Tech, GeorgeWashington, Miami, Marquette and RhodeIsland.

HENRY SIMS
Mount St. Joseph, center

The Georgetown-bound, 6-11 senior had abreakthrough season last year, leading theGaels in rebounding (9.9) while averaging11 points, 2.5 blocks and 1.6 assists. The All-Metro pick also had 33 steals in as manygames. Sims,whose offensive repertoireincludes flying dunks, a jump-hook and aturnaround jumper, is ranked No. 62 in theRivals.com Top 150 and No. 12 at his position.

ROSCOE SMITH
Walbrook, forward

The 6-6, 185-pound sophomore,whostarted as a freshman for the Warriors, can do itall -- shoot, dribble, pass, handle the ball andrebound. Georgetown, Maryland, NorthCarolina and Texas have already showninterest. Smith appears to have more potentialthan any underclassman in the area.

OMAR STRONG
Douglass, guard

As good at penetrating off the dribble as anyplayer in the metro area, Strong, 5-9, returnsfor his senior year after an All-Metro juniorseason. Strong, who is often too quick todefend and has an outstanding pull-up jumper,led the Ducks to 20 consecutive wins last yearon the way to a 22-2 campaign by averaging19.8 points, 4.3 assists and two steals.

BYRON WESTMORELAND
Mervo, forward

Westmoreland was the leading scorer,rebounder and shot-blocker on a team that wasthe surprise winner of the Class 3A Northregional last season and went 18-8 overall. The6-3 forward averaged 18.5 points,9.2 rebounds and four blocks last season as ajunior.

TIONE WOMACK
Randallstown, guard

Womack led the Rams to their third straightstate championship last season and was namedto the All-Metro second team. The quick andsavvy junior guard averaged eight points,5.5 assists and three steals as the Rams'catalyst. Possessing quickness and keen courtsense, Womack also excelled in the intangibles.

Other notables: Antione Allen, Lake Clifton; Eric Atkins, Mount St. Joseph; Tavon Austin,Dunbar; Antonio and William Barton, City; Joe Becker, North Harford; Justin Berry, Douglass;C.J. Black, City; Jeremy Brightford, Northwestern; Tevin Brown, Dunbar; Stuart Clarke, NewTown; Matt Duerr, Century; Leshon Edwards, Towson Catholic; Devin Ewing, Harford Tech;Andrew Fitzgerald, Owings Mills; Demetrio Fleet, North County; Kevin Hunt, Broadneck; AlexJackson, Randallstown; Nico Jones, River Hill; Jordan Lee, Loch Raven; Justin McCoy, MountSt. Joseph; Josh Morgan-Greene, St. Mary's; Ryan Miller, Liberty; Chris Olsen, Mount St.Joseph; Anthony Oquendo, St. Frances; Jarvez Pierce, Glen Burnie; Rhidel Price, Northwestern;Jamaal Ramsey, Mervo; Devon Saddler, Aberdeen; Zach Scerleth, River Hill; Kevin Seker,Marriotts Ridge; Jason Sharp, Lake Clifton; Corey Spence, Dunbar; Obi Ukwuoma, Long Reach;Colton Weaver, Liberty; Josh Wiegand, John Carroll; Camm Woodyard, Winters Mill; WarrenWright, Northwestern.

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