Basketball preview: Southern Md. Athletic Conference boys


North Point’s Naim Muhammad celebrates an undefeated season and Maryland 4A title. (Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)
December 6, 2011

Top Teams

North Point (27-0), Thomas Stone (13-10), La Plata (17-8)

Top Players

F Juwan Wells, La Plata, 6-7, Sr.

G/F Tre Mouton, North Point, 6-4, Sr.

G Marquis Wright, North Point, 6-0, Jr.

G Michael Briscoe, Thomas Stone, 6-2, Jr.

Skinny

Can anybody beat North Point? The Eagles capped an undefeated season last year with the Maryland 4A state championship, the first by a SMAC team since 1972. Starters Mouton, Wright and junior forward Naim Muhammad return, and North Point should remain one of the best teams in the area.. . . Wells has drawn interest from at least six Division I programs, and he will lead a La Plata squad that advanced to the Maryland 3A South championship game last year where it lost in double overtime.. . .

Briscoe (12 ppg last year) leads a Thomas Stone team that returns four starters from last year’s squad that won 13 games despite having very limited varsity experience.. . .

Three of the four Calvert County programs won at least 12 games last year, but Northern, Calvert and Huntingtown all graduated a lot of talent. Senior guard Timon Johnson leads a Huntingtown team that also includes seniors Roy Holloway and Ricky Donaldson, and could be the best of the Calvert County bunch. Senior guard Jalen Scayles and junior center Josh Smith will lead Calvert, while Northern loses its entire starting five but returns senior forward Robert Tucker and senior guards Shane Martin and Matt Boothe.. . . Senior guards Deangelo Bannister and Josh Reeves lead an experienced Chopticon squad that is a potential sleeper.

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