* Russell DeMont, Westminster, 6-8, Sr., C -- The tallest player in the county and also the most dominant. Has good hands and post up moves in the paint. DeMont averaged just under 10 points a game and 6.5 rebounds on a senior-dominated Westminster squad last season. He will be the go-to guy this year for the Owls. Also a strong presence on defense.

* Josh Gursky, Liberty, 6-1, Sr., G -- A gutty player who can score both from the outside and inside, Gursky is the Lions' top returning scorer after averaging 12 a game last season. He had a career-high 28 in a game against Hammond last season. Gursky has great quickness and leaping ability.

* Kris Heefner, North Carroll, 6-4, Sr., F -- Enjoyed a solid season last year, averaging seven points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Heefner should improve those numbers this season. A lanky 6-4, Heefner has great athleticism and runs the floor well. Coach Troy Warehime is looking for Heefner to provide inside scoring.

* Steve Long, North Carroll, 6-2, Sr., F -- A good all-around athlete, Long is the Panthers' top scorer returning after averaging just under 15 points a game last season. He also can rebound some at his small forward spot and is a good defender with great quickness. Scored 26 in a game against Franklin last season.

* Greg Mihalko, South Carroll, 5-10, Jr., G -- Showed a lot of poise last season as a sophomore, averaging eight points a game and four assists. Has great court sense and has a good knack of finding open teammates. Also showed he can score with a 20-point night against Linganore last season.

* Brad Schulze, South Carroll, 6-0, Sr., G -- Schulze kept getting better and better for the Cavaliers as the season progressed last year. Led the team in scoring, averaging just under 12 points a game and came up particularly big against county opponents, including a 23-point effort against Westminster. Excellent outside shooter who can drive to the basket.

* Kyle Stephenson, F. Scott Key, 5-11, Sr., G -- Stephenson played on Broadneck's varsity team before transferring to Key last spring. A welcome addition to the Eagles' backcourt, he brings quickness and a good outside shot. Will play mostly the shooting guard for coach Jeff Cook, but also can run the show at point guard if needed.

* Brian Trone, Liberty, 6-1, Sr., F -- A versatile forward coach Scott Kohr will rely on to do a little bit of everything. The Lions are looking to spread out the scoring this season and Trone is a player who can get the job done at both ends of the court. Finished last season averaging eight points a game.

* Steven Wright, F. Scott Key, 6-2, Sr., F -- The Eagles' lone returning starter, coach Jeff Cook is looking for big things from Wright. A reliable outside shooter who does everything well, Wright averaged over 10 points a game for the Eagles last season -- including a season-high 17 against North Hagerstown. This year, Wright must provide much-needed leadership to an inexperienced Eagles squad.

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