Marvin Price, Patterson
A transfer from DeMatha, the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard brought a lot of everything as the No. 2 Clippers (26-3) reached new heights. Price averaged 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for Patterson (26-3), which claimed the state and Baltimore City championships. Most importantly for the team's success, Price seamlessly fit in, comfortably taking on the lead role and showing a knack for stepping up at the biggest moments. He had 11 double-doubles, reached double figures in points every game and scored 20 or more in 19 games — shooting 54 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. Among his season highlights were a 20-point effort in the Clippers' 42-40 win over No. 4 and eventual Class 3A state champion Poly for the Baltimore City crown and a 24-point, 12-rebound performance in a 68-49 state semifinal win over Harford Tech. "No matter how big the stage, Marvin delivered a huge game," Patterson coach Harry Martin said. "On the court, he was instrumental in leading us to our second state title and off the court he serves as a great leader by having exceptional attendance and being an honor roll student." Price has received scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Kansas State.
Jalen Smith, Mount Saint Joseph
The 6-foot-9 forward had a breakthrough junior season with consistently fine and often dominating play at both ends of the court. In leading the No. 3 Gaels (34-3) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League titles, Smith averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots per game. Offensively, he scored inside, hit 3-pointers and also ran the floor well to finish baskets in transition. On defense, his length and smart positioning made him an imposing threat to block and alter shots. Smith finished with 19 double-doubles, including 28 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in the Gaels' 65-54 win over No. 5 Mount Carmel in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. Smith was named Maryland's Gatorade Player of the Year, Baltimore Catholic League's Player of the Year and also its Defensive Player of the Year. "Jalen may have had one of the best seasons ever in the history of Mount Saint Joe basketball. His impact on both ends of the court and level of consistency were big time," Mount Saint Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said. He has a long list of college offers, including Villanova, Notre Dame, Maryland, Florida, Stanford and Virginia.