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Larry Bastfield

Towson Catholic, guard

With the 6-foot Bastfield at point guard the past two seasons, the Owls have won 59 games. Bastfield averaged 12 points, five assists, three steals and four rebounds for last year's No. 1 team. The senior has signed with Toledo.

Troy Franklin

Mount Carmel, guard

Franklin, 5 feet 10, averaged 15.5 points, four assists and 2.5 steals as a junior for the Cougars and was named All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. His play for the Baltimore Stars Amateur Athletic Union team last spring and summer raised his stock, and he chose Towson University out of a dozen scholarship offers.

Brandon Greene

Towson Catholic, forward

While playing in the shadows of his cousin, Donte Greene, and Malcolm Delaney last season, Greene, 6-6, averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. The senior, who will start for a third season, is an aggressive force in the paint. He has received scholarship offers from several Division I schools, including Loyola and Robert Morris.

J.J. Hicks

Broadneck, forward

Hicks has drawn interest from several colleges to play football as a receiver or a defensive back, but also is skilled on the basketball court, where he led the Bruins to the Anne Arundel County championship last year. Hicks, 6-2, averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists last year as a junior and was named to the All-Metro second team.

Sean Mosley

St. Frances, forward-guard

The Maryland-bound Mosley, a three-time All-Metro selection entering his senior season, is ranked No. 60 in the Top 150 for the class of 2008 and No. 13 for shooting guards. Mosley, 6-4, averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and 3.5 blocks. The area's best all-around player, he can score by posting up or shooting threes.

Isaiah Philmore

John Carroll, forward

A second-team All-Metro player as a sophomore last year, Philmore, 6-7, is the centerpiece of the upstart Patriots. Philmore averaged 15.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals. He is ranked 69th nationally in the Top 150 for the class of 2009, No. 24 as a power forward. He already has scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, George Washington, Miami, Marquette and Rhode Island.

Henry Sims

Mount St. Joseph, center

The Georgetown-bound, 6-11 senior had a breakthrough season last year, leading the Gaels in rebounding (9.9) while averaging 11 points, 2.5 blocks and 1.6 assists. The All-Metro pick also had 33 steals in as many games. Sims, whose offensive repertoire includes flying dunks, a jump-hook and a turnaround jumper, is ranked No. 62 in the Top 150 and No. 12 at his position.

Roscoe Smith

Walbrook, forward

The 6-6, 185-pound sophomore, who started as a freshman for the Warriors, can do it all -- shoot, dribble, pass, handle the ball and rebound. Georgetown, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas have already shown interest. Smith appears to have more potential than any underclassman in the area.

Omar Strong

Douglass, guard

As good at penetrating off the dribble as any player in the metro area, Strong, 5-9, returns for his senior year after an All-Metro junior season. Strong, who is often too quick to defend and has an outstanding pull-up jumper, led the Ducks to 20 consecutive wins last year on the way to a 22-2 campaign by averaging 19.8 points, 4.3 assists and two steals.

Byron Westmoreland

Mervo, forward

Westmoreland was the leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker on a team that was the surprise winner of the Class 3A North regional last season and went 18-8 overall. The 6-3 forward averaged 18.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and four blocks last season as a junior.

Tione Womack

Randallstown, guard

Womack led the Rams to their third straight state championship last season and was named to the All-Metro second team. The quick and savvy junior guard averaged eight points, 5.5 assists and three steals as the Rams' catalyst. Possessing quickness and keen court sense, Womack also exceled in the intangibles.

Other notables: Antione Allen, Lake Clifton; Eric Atkins, Mount St. Joseph; Tavon Austin, Dunbar; Antonio and William Barton, City; Joe Becker, North Harford; Justin Berry, Douglass; C.J. Black, City; Jeremy Brightford, Northwestern; Tevin Brown, Dunbar; Stuart Clarke, New Town; Matt Duerr, Century; Leshon Edwards, Towson Catholic; Devin Ewing, Harford Tech; Andrew Fitzgerald, Owings Mills; Demetrio Fleet, North County; Kevin Hunt, Broadneck; Alex Jackson, Randallstown; Nico Jones, River Hill; Jordan Lee, Loch Raven; Justin McCoy, Mount St. Joseph; Josh Morgan-Greene, St. Mary's; Ryan Miller, Liberty; Chris Olsen, Mount St. Joseph; Anthony Oquendo, St. Frances; Jarvez Pierce, Glen Burnie; Rhidel Price, Northwestern; Jamaal Ramsey, Mervo; Devon Saddler, Aberdeen; Zach Scerleth, River Hill; Kevin Seker, Marriotts Ridge; Jason Sharp, Lake Clifton; Corey Spence, Dunbar; Obi Ukwuoma, Long Reach; Colton Weaver, Liberty; Josh Wiegand, John Carroll; Camm Woodyard, Winters Mill; Warren Wright, Northwestern.

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