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Boys basketball Top 5 countdown: No. 4 Patterson

Boys basketball Top 5 countdown: No. 4 Patterson
Patterson's Gerard Mungo celebrates a successful shot against Century during the 2017 Class 2A state championship game at Xfinity Center on March 11. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The boys basketball season is underway for the private schools with the public schools beginning play Dec. 5, so it’s time to roll out the projections for this season’s top teams.

In the coming days, Varsity Letters will count down the top five with the area’s preseason No. 1 team posted on Thursday. The Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, also will be available online Thursday and the entire preview package will be in Friday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun.

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Here’s a look at No. 4 Patterson:

Coach: Harry Martin

Last season: 26-3, No. 2

Postseason: Class 2A champion

Key players: Gerard Mungo, Jr., G; Daesean Jones, Jr., G; Darrion Pitts, Sr., F

Outlook: The offseason wasn’t kind to the Clippers, who had last year’s All-Metro co-Player of the Year Marvin Price transfer to Huntington Prep in West Virginia. But the Clippers still have a quality cast set to play aggressive defense and efficient offense. Mungo, who averaged 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals last season, is the centerpiece of the team. The Clippers will play small — often using four guards — with other key pieces being Jones and Riverdale Baptist transfer Zach Blackwell, a sophomore guard. Pitts brings valuable experience and will be leaned on heavily to do the dirty work inside. Baltimore City is going to be much of the same — a grind every game — and a repeat for the Clippers will be well earned with plenty of candidates capable of knocking them off. Poly looks to be most formidable with Dunbar and Lake Clifton not far behind.

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