Basketball preview: Patriot District boys

Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post - Explosive playmaker Eric Bowles will be a go-to scorer for W.T. Woodson this winter.

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Top Players

G Eric Bowles, W.T. Woodson, 5-11, Jr.

F Will Gregorits, Lake Braddock, 6-6, Sr.

G Trey Johnson, W.T. Woodson, 6-0, Jr.

Skinny

W.T. Woodson looks to build on the success of last year’s run to the state semifinals but will do without four of its starters, who all graduated. Back is Bowles, last year’s Patriot District Player of the Year and an athletic guard with strong court vision and penetration skills. Joining him in the backcourt will be Johnson, a junior transfer from Middleburg who provides another outside threat to complement Andy Stynchula’s aggressive play in the paint. . . . Lake Braddock returns four starters from a team that won the Patriot District tournament last year. Gregorits, who averaged 16.7 points per game, will team with juniors A.J Alexander and Reagan Jones to form a strong frontcourt attack. . . . Travis Hess, who coached Langley to 143 wins over the past eight years, will bring his sideline wisdom to South County this season. The Stallions made a Cinderella run to the Northern Region semifinals last year but will be without graduated starters Oren Burks and Justin Hampton. Hess expects Jason Remy, Mark Elliott and Brandon Barry to step into those leading roles. . . . T.C. Williams lacks experience after graduating four key players from last season and with Malik Carney and Jeremiah Clarke focusing on their football futures, but Coach Julian King hopes to mesh his wisdom with his roster’s athleticism and evolve into a contender with time.

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