A promising boys basketball season is upon us, so let's take a closer look at some of the finest teams in the area and what we can expect from each.
Running through Tuesday (excluding Saturday and Sunday), we’ll count down to No. 1 with a detailed daily roll of the area’s top five teams.
3. St. Frances
Coach: Nick Myles
Last season: 21-9, No. 10
Postseason: BCL semifinalist, MIAA A semifinalist
Outlook: Talent, versatility, athleticism, senior leadership -- the Panthers are loaded with all those important ingredients to put them in position to make strong runs in the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
The team brings back three starters -- seniors Tevon Saddler, Maurice White and Deshawn Wells -- and its biggest addition is 6-foot-8 junior forward Dwayne Morgan from City.
The Panthers will be tough to match up against and that challenge starts with Saddler, a 6-foot-5 standout who does everything well and plays four positions.
White is a pure scorer who can take over games at the offensive end at the forward spot and Wells in a fine complement at guard.
A big key to the Panthers will be how well they can integrate Morgan into the system. He's a fine athlete who brings much-needed size up front.
Coach Myles has been impressed with what he has seen from his senior leaders and he said his younger players are adjusting well.
If roles are established and the Panthers come together and play as one, it will be a team that's difficult to beat and one that could add more championship wins.