First team at a glance


Derek Barrett

Meade, senior, guard

A flashy 5-foot-10 guard, Barrett averaged 18.9 points and 4.0 assists this season. His disciplined play helped the Mustangs reach the state Class 4A championship game. He'll probably will attend a prep school next season.

Sharif Butler

Towson Catholic, senior, forward

A slashing 6-foot-3 swingman, Butler led the Owls in scoring (17.3 points a game) and averaged 5.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Because the Owls lacked a true point guard, Butler filled in in that role. He has been contacted by South Alabama, Virginia Commonwealth and Pitt-Johnstown.

Damon Cason

Southern-Baltimore, junior, guard

A college recruiter watching Cason originally thought he was too slow. But by the time the 6-foot-1 guard used his great court senses and passing ability to lead Southern to a victory, the recruiter had changed his tune. Cason, a first-team All-Metro selection last season, averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 assists for the state Class 3A champions.

Donte Dudley

Woodlawn, junior, forward

One of the area's top juniors, Dudley scored 39 points in a loss to eventual state 4A champion High Point in the playoffs. A 6-foot-2 forward, he averaged 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Warriors, who broke the school record for consecutive victories (23).

Chatney Howard

Southern-AA, junior, guard/forward

A 6-foot-1 swingman, Howard was one of the area's leading scorers at 25.0 points a game, despite facing double-teams late in the season after the loss of two starters. He averaged 11.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 4.3 steals. His 575 points was a school record for a season.

Norman Nolan

Dunbar, junior, center

Nolan, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Milford Mill and a repeat All-Metro selection, helped the Poets to the state Class 1A title, his second in as many seasons. Nolan was second on the team in scoring average (18.1) and was first in rebounding (12.3) average. He adjusted quickly to playing behind All-American Keith Booth after being the star at Milford Mill. Maryland and Wake Forest are recruiting him.

Kevin Norris

Lake Clifton, senior, guard

Norris and Shawnta Rogers, his cousin, make up one of the area's top frontcourts. Norris, a 5-foot-8 point guard, was the ignition on a Lake Clifton offense that averaged 86 points. He is being pursued by James Madison, UMES, Morgan State and Northeastern.

Shawnta Rogers

Lake Clifton, sophomore, guard

One of the area's smallest players at 5 feet 5, Rogers was an impact player, averaging 15.8 points and 6.2 assists for the state Class 4A Region II semifinalist. His quickness complements his ball-handling and three-point shooting range.

Kevin Simpson

Southern-Baltimore, junior, guard

When All-Metro pick Kwame Evans graduated last season, Simpson moved from small forward and developed into perhaps the area's best guard. Simpson, 6 feet 5, averaged 20.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

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