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1. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 29-6, ranked No. 1

Ten returnees include point guard Brian Johnson, forward Courtney Thomas and Dejuan Goodwin in the backcourt.

2. Dunbar

Last season: 23-2, No. 3

The defending city and Class 1A state champs are loaded, returning All-Metro guard Nathan Irby.

3. Towson Catholic

Last season: 21-12, No. 12

Three key transfers in Malcolm Delaney, 6-7 Kyle Cannon and 6-8 Lawrence Nwevo make the Owls a BCL and MIAA A contender.

4. St. Frances

Last season: 26-7, No. 6

The Panthers return size, speed and balance to be a legitimate BCL and MIAA A contender.

5. Douglass

Last season: 20-5, No. 4

The defending Class 3A champs return a strong nucleus, led by Troy Smith and 6-2 juniors Arron Jackson and Antoine Smithson.

6. Walbrook

Last season: 19-5, No. 11

Swing guards Velmar Coleman and Edward Tyson will lead the Warriors in the Baltimore City race and the Class 4A North.

7. Cardinal Gibbons

Last season: 27-7, No. 7

The returning backcourt includes sharpshooter Pat Grace and defensive whiz Clinton Sellers.

8. Archbishop Spalding

Last season: 29-8, No. 2

There are three quality Division I signees in guards Justin Castleberry and Marquis Sullivan and forward Lawrence Dixon.

9. Lake Clifton

Last season: 19-5, No. 10

The Lakers boast an outstanding backcourt of Darshall Grade, Anthony Tucker and sophomore Brandon Brown.

10. Aberdeen

Last season: 18-7, No. 14

Seven-foot Robbie Jackson appears to be ready to lead the Eagles, who have depth and speed to defend their UCBAC title.

11. Southwestern

Last season: 15-8, unranked

Back are high-scoring guard Jamal Barney and 6-6 juniors Wayne Dorsey and Randolph Jackson in the paint.

12. Randallstown

Last season: 20-6, No. 13

The 6-2, 270-pound Melvin Aleaze will be in the post surrounded by talented guards Dominic Venable, Shamar Davis and Mount St. Joseph transfer Marlon Johnson.

13. Woodlawn

Last season: 22-4, No. 5

With 6-7 Landon Bussie and Lewis Lambert Jr. under the basket and Andre Fuller and Chris Harris in the backcourt, the Warriors will be tough.

14. Old Mill

Last season: 18-6, unranked

The Patriots have four returning starters and 6-8 Travis Hyman in the paint.

15. Parkville

Last season: 5-16, unranked

Coach Rod Norris has a talented nucleus, led by guard Kevin Palmer.

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