Basketball preview: Liberty District boys

John McDonnell/The Washington Post - Marshall won the Liberty District title last season, but the Statesmen have some holes to fill if they hope to make a run in the new Virginia 5A North region.

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G Garrett Collier, Langley, 6-2, Sr.

F Towner Hale, Marshall, Sr.

G Jason Jolly, Stone Bridge, 5-5, Jr.

G Alan Liu, Fairfax, 6-2, Jr.

G/F Brandon Kamga, South Lakes, 6-4, Jr.

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Following a breakout sophomore season and an even more impressive offseason on the AAU circuit, Kamga leads a South Lakes squad that appears poised to rediscover its past success. Driven by a strong work ethic and blessed with versatility and pure scoring ability, Kamga averaged 17.6 points per game last year. As a junior, he’ll be joined by stat-stuffing forward Clayton O’Neill and quick guard Dre Puryear. . . . Marshall hopes to build off last season’s Liberty District title run. Hale is back to improve upon his 10.8 points per game and serve as the Statesmen’s force in the paint. Michael Trivisonno joins Hale as Marshall’s lone returning starter and will team up with Cameron Christian to form an experienced backcourt. . . . Stone Bridge has quite the sparkplug in 5-foot-5 junior guard Jason Jolly, who scored 15.5 points per game last year. Though the Bulldogs graduated four of their top players, Coach Ben West expects 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Nick Barnes to come into his own this season after improving and growing three inches over the summer. . . . Collier and his strong offensive skills will be critical for Langley in its first year under new coach Scott Newman. . . . Liu will be the focal point of a new-look Fairfax team featuring nine juniors, including capable swingman Brian Monter. . . . After coaching at McLean for the last four years, Kevin Roller takes over a Madison squad that graduated eight seniors, including its top four scorers. Kyle Karp serves as the most experienced returning player after averaging 7.1 points per game as a sophomore. . . . Six-foot-six junior forward Sharan Arkalgud returns to give Jefferson a size advantage against most teams in the post. . . . First-year McLean Coach Michael O’Brien will look to Joey Sullivan for on-court production and leadership.

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