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Atholton 2017-18 boys basketball preview

Atholton junior Casey Parkins, right, is one of a handful of returners for the Raiders this winter.
Atholton junior Casey Parkins, right, is one of a handful of returners for the Raiders this winter. (Nate Pesce / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

2016-17 record: 4-7 county, 8-13 overall

Coach: Jared Albert

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Top players: Juniors Maxwell Murray (G), Justin Oates (G), Casey Parkins (G)

What you need to know: Having graduated its top five scorers from last season, Atholton coach Jared Albert said the Raiders will rely on its junior guard trio Maxwell Murray, Justin Oates and Casey Parkins

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Murray is the one starter back from last year’s group. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 assists as a sophomore and should see a spike in both of those categories this season. While Oates and Parkins spent most of last year on junior varsity, Albert said the pair contributed immediately after he called them up to varsity in February. Parkins scored in seven games, including a nine-point performance against Long Reach in the regular season finale.

Albert believes any one of those three players could carry the team this season.

“They all gained a tremendous amount of experience last season playing at the varsity and look to continue to build off that this year,” Albert said.

Other potential contributors include senior guards Jay Sanghavi and Micah Carey and forwards Jordan Marsh and forward Obi Nwaeze. The Raiders also have two transfers in sophomore point guard Anthony Porras and senior forward Shemar Weisweaver. Albert expects both players to provide a spark.

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“I feel our strength lies within our numbers,” Albert said. “We are guard heavy this season so we will look to push the pace and play a lot of bodies along the way.”

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