PLAYERS TO WATCH

THE BALTIMORE SUN

* Kenny Bostic, Milford Mill, 5-11, Sr., PG -- Steady and consistent, Bostic is one of the Baltimore County's top floor leaders. A first-team All-County pick, he averaged 14.0 points and 6.1 assists last season.

* Travon Broadway, Walbrook, 6-2, Jr., SF -- Listed as one of the country's top underclassmen by Street & Smith's, Broadway averaged 14.2 points last season. Versatile, he can play at both guard positions and small forward.

* Ronald Byrd, Lake Clifton, 6-3, Jr., F -- Another member of Lake Clifton's offensive arsenal, Byrd averaged 11.8 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. He can hit the outside jumper with consistency and is quick to the basket.

* Damon Cason, Southern, 6-1, Sr., PG -- Cason has been a two-time first-team All-Metro selection. Last season, he averaged points and 9.7 assists. Cason's outstanding ballhandling skills and great court vision make up for a lack of quickness.

* Michael Cooper, Dunbar, 6-3, Sr., SF -- Slim, but active on the boards, Cooper averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds last season for the area's No. 1 team. He will be a major part of one of the country's best front lines.

* Carnell Damon, Sparrows Point, 5-10, Jr., PG -- Quick and agile, Damon was a second-team All-County pick last season, averaging 16.9 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds.

* Richard Dent, Mount St. Joseph, 6-7, Sr., C -- Dent transferred from Gibbons, where he averaged 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds last season. His presence gives the Gaels a formidable front line.

* Donte Dudley, Woodlawn, 6-2, Sr., G -- Dudley was a first-team All-Metro pick and Baltimore County's Player of the Year last season after averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 rebounds. However, he will be out at least three weeks with a knee injury.

* Kevin Dukes, Gibbons, 5-9, Sr., G -- Strong in transition, Dukes averaged 12.5 points and 2.0 assists. With Steve Wojciechowski, gives Gibbons the Catholic League's best backcourt.

* Shawnte Dukes, Overlea, 5-8, Sr., G -- Speedy and slick, Dukes averaged 11.6 points and 6.6 assists last season. His passing skills makes him effective on the break and quick hands make him a good defender.

* Haywood Eaddy, Southwestern, 5-7, Sr. PG -- His quickness and shooting ability make him arguably the most complete point guard in the city. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points and 6.6 assists and was a second-team All-City pick.

* Hosea Edwards, Aberdeen, 6-2, Sr., G/F -- The lone returning starter from last year's county and regional runner-up. A year ago, he had shooting percentages of 47 (2-pointers) from the field and 78 (31 of 40) from the foul line.

* Rodney Elliott, Dunbar, 6-7, Sr., PF -- A member of the Poets' talented front line, Elliott came on strong late last season in their run to the state 1A title. Strong inside despite a wirey build, he averaged 9.7 points and 10.6 rebounds.

* Dane Elterman, Loch Raven, 6-3, Sr., F -- A fourth-year varsity player, Elterman averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. His good three-point shooting complements his ability to power to the basket.

* Donta Evans, McDonogh, 5-8, Sr., PG -- Quick and effective against any defense, Evans is arguably the best point guard in Baltimore County. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.6 steals, earning first-team All-County honors.

* Jimmy Fields, Gilman, 5-9, Sr., PG -- An outstanding ballhandler, Fields was a second-team All-City selection, averaging 18.3 points and 3.2 assists. His ability to penetrate and score from the perimeter makes one of the area's top point guards.

* Reggie Frazier, Lake Clifton, 6-4, Jr., F -- In his sophomore year, Frazier was a first-team All-City selection last season after averaging 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

* Chris Gephardt, Joppatowne, 6-7, Sr. C -- He averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior, and more of the same is expected this time.

* Blanchard Hurd, Milford Mill, 6-8, Jr., C -- The top center in Baltimore County, Hurd was a second team All-County pick last season after averaging 15.7 points and 13.7 rebounds.

* Colin Jones, Patterson, 6-0, Jr., G -- A leaper who plays above the rim, Jones may be the city's best unknown player. Last season, he averaged 22.4 points and 4.7 rebounds.

* Mark Kracher, St. Frances, 6-4, Fresh., F -- His impressive play during the summer at the Craig Cromwell League was one of the reasons the Panthers won the title.

* Alfred McAllister, Edgewood, 6-3, Sr. G -- The lone holdover from the 1993 All-County first team, he brings a year of experience along with some solid averages: 14.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.5 apg and 3.0 steals.

* Alexander Mobley, Dunbar, 6-8, Sr., F -- Mobley averaged 11.3 points last season for the Poets. His ability to shoot from outside gives another dimension to Dunbar's front line.

* Norman Nolan, Dunbar, 6-8, Sr., C -- An early signee with the University of Virginia, Nolan will be the leader for one of the nation's best front lines. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points and 12.3 rebounds, earning a second appearance on the All-Metro first team. A Super 25 pick by USA Today, Nolan is a strong rebounder and scorer in the post.

* Tim O'Hara, Loyola, 6-3, Sr., F -- O'Hara averaged 11.7 points for the Catholic League and MSA Armstrong A League regular-season champions last season. He's a good outside shooter and fundamentally sound.

* Terrance Payne, Lake Clifton, 6-7, Sr., C -- An early signee with Xavier, Payne is an outstanding rebounder and intimidator in the paint on both ends for the Lakers. Last season, he averaged 11.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks, earning a second-team All-City honors.

* Shawnta Rogers, Lake Clifton, 5-5, Jr., G -- Small, yet explosive, Rogers is the area's top underclassmen. Last season, he averaged 15.8 points and 6.2 assists in earning first-team All-Metro honors. An outstanding long range shooter, Rogers' quickness also makes him a strong defensive player.

* Jerard Rucker, Gibbons, 6-3, Sr., F -- An all-star during the summer at a session of Five-Star, one of the nation's top summer camps, Rucker averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He's a solid player, who runs the floor well and plays with intensity.

* Mario Smith, Dundalk, 6-0, Jr., G -- As a sophomore last season, Smith averaged 15.3 points and was a Baltimore County 3A-4A second-team All-League pick.

* Kevin Simpson, Southern-Baltimore, 6-5, Jr. -- One of the nation's best shooting guards, Simpson averaged 20.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists. A Top 100 pick by Hoop Scoop, Simpson was the MVP of the LA Gear Slam-N-Jam Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. this summer.

* Antonio Sullivan, Edmondson, 6-0, Sr., G -- A quick left-handed shooter, Sullivan averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 assists last season for the Redskins. He can slash to the basket and score in streaks.

* Brian Taylor, Calvert Hall, 6-5, Sr., F -- Taylor was a first-team All-Catholic League season for the Cardinals. His overall sound play makes him one of the premier players in the league.

* Travis Thornton, Dundalk, 6-2, Sr., G -- Thornton averaged 13.2 points last season. Left-handed, he possesses solid leaping ability and can score either inside or outside.

* Dante Williams, Southern-Baltimore, 6-5, F -- His play in the final weeks of last season was a key to the Bulldogs' run to the state 3A championship. An explosive scorer, Williams averaged 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in the state tournament.

* Steve Wojciechowski, Gibbons, 5-11, Sr., PG -- Maybe the area's premiere point guard. He has signed with Duke. He was an All-City pick after averaging 13.2 points and 5.0 assists for the Crusaders.

* Kenton Worthington, Edgewood, 6-2, Sr., G -- A three-year starter, he has improved his outside shooting to go with his physical play inside. A year ago, he averaged 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.

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