Basketball preview: Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A boys

Largo and Derrick Colter (right) move into the 2A South, making it one of the most competitive in the area. (Mark Gail/WASHINGTON POST)

Top teams

Largo (14-10), Gwynn Park (17-9), Douglass (16-8)

Top players

G Derrick Colter, Largo, 6-0, Sr.

G Juwan Cole, Forestville, Sr.

F Michael Graham, Largo, 6-6, Sr.

F Jarvis Hawkins, Gwynn Park, 6-4, Sr.

G Jasahn Johnson, Douglass, 6-3, Sr.


Largo’s move into 2A should make the region among the best in the state. Colter and Graham, along with 6-4 forward Damante McNeil, a force under the basket, will make the Lions the team to beat in Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A. Largo fell to Friendly in last winter’s 3A South semifinals.. . .

Gwynn Park, which has reached the 2A state tournament three of the past four years, loses all five starters but will be a contender behind 6-9 center Marcel Boyd (Howard recruit) and 6-4 senior forward Jarvis Hawkins, the team’s sixth man last season who will see significant time this winter.. . .

Douglass loses leading scorer Kavon Glover, who transferred to Theodore Roosevelt, but returns eight players, including two starters. Johnson will lead the Eagles but expect contributions from 6-3 junior guard Saquan Epps-Walker and 5-7 junior guard Jeffrey Calhoun. . . . Friendly loses key seniors and will have a new coach, Mark Edwards, a former C.H. Flowers assistant.. . . Raynard Johnson, a former Friendly assistant, takes over at Potomac.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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