Basketball preview: Virginia boys’ others

December 7, 2011
Top teams

George Mason (22-6); Manassas Park (5-14); Highland (12-10)

Top players

G Jeremy Stewart, George Mason, 6-0, Sr.

G-F Philippe Griffiths, George Mason, 6-1, Sr.

F Nate Ogle, George Mason, 6-3, Sr.

F Josh Leonard, Kettle Run, 6-3, Sr.

Skinny

Kettle Run might take some time to jell as its football team advanced deep to the state tournament, preventing a full roster from coming together. The Cougars will lean on three-year varsity players Leonard and Elias Brice, a 6-6 forward, to provide leadership.. . . George Mason won the district and region titles last year and brings back its top four scorers. The Mustangs must look to replace the inside presence of graduated 6-4 F-C Brandon Alexander. Stewart (12 ppg), Griffiths (10 ppg) and Ogle (9 ppg) along with Noel Obusan (7.7 ppg) provide a solid core to repeat, however. . . .

Manassas Park graduated just two of its top six scorers from last season but lost leading scorer Dylan Gaither, who transferred to Highland.. . . Gaither and sophomore guard Logan Miller, a transfer from Osbourn Park who scored 16 points in the season opener, will lead Highland.

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