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Atholton 2016-17 boys basketball preview

Atholton's Jacob Waterworth drives the ball against Howard during a game in February 2016.

2015-16 record: 8-11 county, 12-12 overall

Coach: Jared Albert


Top players: Seniors Andrew Dobson (G), Jasen Parkins (G), Nick Perlin (G), Skyler Rankin (F), Sean Washington (F) and Jacob Waterworth (G).

What you need to know: The Raiders were one of the county's most balanced teams a year ago, featuring eight guys that averaged three or more points a game. That depth should prove to be beneficial this winter, as the team will lean on a group of six seniors that all were contributors as juniors.


"We graduated nine guys, so it's definitely a different look for us. But we still have some experience coming back that we can lean on," coach Jared Albert said. "We've definitely got some pieces, guys who will allow us to stretch the floor a little bit and I think help us score the basketball a little more consistently than last year."

In terms of experience, Washington and Waterworth have both been varsity contributors since they were sophomores. Washington is an athletic wing who has the strength to play inside, while Waterworth averaged 7.7 points as a sharpshooting guard last winter.

Dobson's another great athlete who can play above the rim, Parkins is one of the team's top defenders, Perlin has shown the ability to play point guard and Rankin provides a presence down low in the paint.

Outside of the seniors, junior Kevin Silverstein and sophomore Maxwell Murray are both guards expected to play significant roles.