The boys basketball season has started for the private schools, and the public schools will begin play Thursday. That means it’s time to start rolling out the projections for this season’s top teams.
In the coming days, you can go to Varsity Letters for a countdown of the top-five teams. The area's preseason No. 1-ranked team will be posted Tuesday. The entire Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Tuesday night and in Wednesday's print edition.
Here's a look at No. 2 Milford Mill:
Coach: Michael Silverman
Last season: 26-2, No. 3
Postseason: Class 3A state champion
Top players: Allen Costley, Sr., F; Justin Jenifer, Jr., G; Lolami Charles, Sr., C; Anthony Brown, Jr., G
Outlook: A big factor in Milford Mill’s success has been its ability to successfully blend transfers into its system. The Millers, winners of three state title in four years, consistently play strong team defense and stay balanced on offense.
Last year, Costley and Jenifer came in to make immediate impacts and led the team to another state crown. Both are back – Costley a dominating presence inside and Jenifer bringing special skills at the point.
The Millers have added Charles and Brown and are expecting strong contributions from each. Forwards Reggie White Jr. and EliJah Cooper, and guards Karahn Alston, Bobby Moore and Tavon Wilson will also play key roles for the Millers.
Milford Mill has captured five straight Baltimore County championships and hasn't lost a county game since December 2009. A tough early-season schedule, including perennial powers St. Benedict’s (N.J.) and DeMatha, should have the Millers well prepared for the county slate and playoffs.
Randallstown and New Town could provide a push in Baltimore County. The Millers' biggest test in the playoffs last season came against No. 4 City in the North region title game. But the Knights moved to the East region this year, so a potential rematch wouldn't come until state tournament play.