St. Frances, forward
A determined rebounder with long arms and a strong outlet pass, this 6-foot-6 junior is one of the key returnees on a Panthers team expected to contend for the BCL and MIAA A Conference championships. Alexander will likely take on more offensive responsibility inside with the graduation losses of Gus Chase and Gordon Brown and All-Metro guard Darnell Harris.
Walbrook, swing guard
Quick and skilled, the 6-4 Coleman is the catalyst of the Warriors, who hope to contend for the Baltimore City and Class 4A North region titles. Coleman averaged 15.0 points for the region semifinalists as a junior. Towson, Central Connecticut and La Salle have made offers.
Arundel, swing guard
Smooth, strong and smart with exceptional athletic ability, Henderson is Anne Arundel's only returning All-County player. The 6-3 Henderson averaged 19 points and 9.0 rebounds as a junior for the Wildcats. His soft touch from the perimeter and knack for driving the lane enabled him to post 14 double doubles.
A tremendous athlete who was All-Metro in football and basketball last year as a junior, the 6-foot Irby led the Poets to Baltimore City and Class 1A state titles in basketball. Irby, the only underclassman on last season's All-Metro team, averaged 11.6 points and led the Poets in assists (4.8) and steals (5.8).
The area's tallest big man at 7 feet, Jackson averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots as an All-Harford County junior. This should be his breakout season in the post as the Eagles defend their Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship with their sights on the Class 2A state title.
Mt. St. Joseph, PG
Perhaps the best point guard in the area, the 5-10 Johnson was All-City/County and second team All-Metro as a junior last season after leading the Gaels to their first BCL title. Johnson sparkled this summer at the Nike All-American Camp, drawing eight Division I offers. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 assists and 2.4 steals last year.
Tow. Catholic, C/F
This Nigerian could be intimidating on the boards for the Owls. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound senior averaged 15 rebounds and 10 points for his country's team that won the African 20-and-under championship. In five playoff games, Nwevo averaged 12 rebounds per game. He is already being recruited by Kansas State, Iowa State and Fresno State.
Just as his older brother Tyler did in 2002 at Cole Field House, Smith led the Ducks to the Class 3A state championship at Maryland's Comcast Center last season. The 6-2 junior pumped in a game-high 30 points, including a game-winning three-point play with 3.8 seconds left and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 66-65 double-overtime victory over Gwynn Park for the state crown.
Mt. St. Joseph, F
A tenacious rebounder with long arms and exceptional leaping ability, the 6-4 Thomas can also score under- neath or with short jumpers. Thomas, who plays hard all the time and does things that don't show up in the scorebook, may be called on to score more this season. Thomas has committed to Loyola College.
The 6-5 Vornadore rampaged through Harford County as a junior, leading the metro area in both scoring (22.7) and rebounding (13.9) to earn county Player of the Year and second-team All-Metro honors. His variety of low-post moves enabled him to sink 65 percent of his shots and produce 22 consecutive games in double digits.
Already the Cougars' leading scorer for the past two years, the senior is a pure shooter. Averaging 16.2 points, she hit for 24 - 20 in the first half - of a regional semifinal vs. Milford Mill.
If the ball is anywhere near the hoop, the 6-1 junior can make something happen. Benn averaged a double double last season - 16 points and 17 rebounds. She also shot 60 percent from the field.
River Hill, guard
The 5-4 junior thrived on using her defensive skills to create her offense. She averaged 4.8 steals per game and turned many of them into a 14-point clip for the Howard County champs.
St. Mary's, guard
Versatility made the second-team All-Metro player a factor in every aspect of the game. A point guard with strong defensive skills, the Mount St. Mary's-bound Gauthier averaged 13.6 points and six assists.
Griffin did a bit of everything for the Class 1A runner-up. Her 22-point average led a small but balanced team, and the 5-8 senior also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out 3.5 assists and had three steals.
Need points? Jones is the go-to girl. A three-time All-Metro first-teamer, the 5-9 senior has already scored a school-record 1,625 points, averaging 24.6 last season. Quick off the dribble, she also nailed 70 three-pointers a year ago.
Look for a breakout season from the precocious 5-10 sophomore. Poised and smart with the ball as a freshman point guard, Mallory dished out 4.8 assists per game. She also contributed 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Get the pen ready. The record books will need a rewrite when the returning All-Metro Player of the Year is through with her senior year. Averaging 25 points last season, the 5-9 West Point-bound McGuire already is the Wildcats' all-time leading scorer with 1,517 points.
One of the hardest-working players around, the senior had plenty to show for it last season, scoring 23.4 points per game to lead the Admirals to their first IAAM B Conference championship.
Calling the 5-7 senior fiercely competitive might not do her justice. Absolutely driven to win, the two-time All-Metro guard provides the spark in a lethal transition with nine steals per game. She also had 14.2 points.
OTHER NOTABLE PLAYERS
BOYS: Dave Brown, Glen Burnie; Justin Brown, Annapolis; Derrick Burgess, St. Frances; Devin Cannady, Mervo; Neal Davis, Catonsville; Wayne Dorsey, Southwestern; Darshall Grade, Lake Clifton; Ricky Harris, Calvert Hall; Nate Hart, Edgewood; Corin Henry, New Town; Lucas Herold, Eastern Tech; Ryan Hournihan, Dulaney; Terrell Ingram, Old Mill; Johann Jones, Archbishop Spalding; Antwan Lawrence, Mervo; Carlos Megginson, Eastern Tech; Carroll Mitchell, Towson Catholic; Meshawn Noble, Dundalk; Kevin Palmer, Parkville; Kenny Perry, Parkville; Aloysius Robinson, Meade; Chris Schrader, Glen Burnie; DaJuan Summers, McDonogh; Anthony Vaughn, Cardinal Gibbons; Greg Woody, Mount St. Joseph.
GIRLS: Melissa Axtell, South Carroll; Ana Baker, Arundel; Shannon Burke, Roland Park; Amanda Burroughs, City; Janae Butler, Arundel; Kim Carr, Woodlawn; Ebony Dennis, Western; Allie Drechsler, Winters Mill; Rachel Fry, South River; Ashley Gladden, Dunbar; Brittany Gordon, River Hill; Ma-Khida Hankins, St. Frances; RaShauna Hobbs, Archbishop Spalding; Chelsea Jeter, Milford Mill; Brittany Kelley, Centenntial; Sharee Ledbetter, Southside; Janine Luber, C. Milton Wright; Stacey Malarkey, Francis Scott Key; Ashley Myrick, Wilde Lake; Maya Newman, St. Frances; Darryll Peterson, Bryn Mawr; Mercedes Robinson, St. Paul's; Allie Scott, Atholton; Shawna Scott, Milford Mill; Shannel Shivers, Aberdeen; Haliena Snowden, Seton Keough; Arielle Townes, Joppatowne; Candice Walker, Towson Catholic; Sandy Wasserbach, Catonsville; Brooks Webster, Institute of Notre Dame; Lauren Wyble, Severna Park.