ALEX BUCHHOLZ, Old Mill, G, Sr.: He made 35 three-pointers last year, and his outside touch looks even better this season. He looks likely to exceed last season's 14.6 points per game.
JUSTIN CASTLEBERRY, Spalding, G, Sr.: Speed is the main reason he'll play at Bucknell next year, and he can take over a game. With 10 seconds left in an overtime win over Calvert Hall last season, Castleberry dribbled the length of the court and scored the winning layup.
Top left, Kevin Coates of Annapolis gets between two Calvert players for the ball. Above, Justin Castleberry of Spalding, who has committed to Bucknell, is one of the area's fastest players. Left, Broadneck senior Ryan Parker.
(Above: Katherine Frey For The Washington Post; Left: By Len Spo)
KEVIN COATES, Annapolis, F, Jr.: The linchpin of a strong junior class, Coates averaged 12 points last year. He's one of four juniors who return this season with starting experience.
T.J. DAVENPORT, South River, C, Sr.: He stood out last season, averaging 10 points. A linebacker in football, he's aggressive near the basket. But he needs to improve his free-throw percentage from last season (51).
LAWRENCE DIXON, Spalding, F, Sr.: At 6 feet 4 inches, Dixon is a threat on the post. He prefers to play from the wing, though, where he can either drive to the basket or shoot (he had eight three-pointers last year).
MIKE HAYNES, Chesapeake, F, Sr.: He'll face double teams all season, but even that is unlikely to stop Haynes, one of the county's fiercest competitors. A center trapped in a guard's body, he averaged 17.8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals last season.
COREY HENDERSON, Arundel, G, Jr.: A top candidate for player of the year, Henderson could average a double-double. Last season, his per-game numbers (18.1 points and 9 rebounds) made him one of the most feared players in the county.
JAMAL JONES, Severn, G, Sr.: The muscular point guard's greatest strength is his intelligence. He rarely makes mistakes, and he has the assist-to-turnover ratio (about 3 to 1 over his career) to prove it.
PAT KELLEY, South River, G, Sr.: In addition to averaging 12 points last year, he rebounds exceptionally well for a guard. He had at least 10 rebounds in seven games last season.
TAVON KENNEDY, North County, F, Sr.: His brother, Teon, transferred to another school, which will force Kennedy to carry an even heavier load at North County. He's long and athletic at 6 feet 3 inches, and he spent the summer developing an improved outside shot.
SCOTT MATTHEWS, Glen Burnie, G, Sr.: A role player last season, the cerebral guard will need to improve his scoring average (4.1 last season) if Glen Burnie hopes to equal last year's 19-2 county record.
RYAN PARKER, Broadneck, G/F, Sr.: A former gymnast, Parker is quick and graceful in the open court. He started only a few games last season, but his energy and enthusiasm could help mold a young Bruins team.
DEON PETERS, Severn, F, Jr.: Usually the fastest player on the court, Peters averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds and led his team to the MIAA B Conference title game last season. He hopes to score 20 per game this time around.
KERWIN PORTER, Chesapeake, G, Jr.: The lightning-quick point guard sat out last season, and his return could rejuvenate a talented Chesapeake team. Porter's a solid outside shooter with good court vision, and he's not afraid to look to score.
SHANE RICKMON, Old Mill, F, Sr.: Perhaps the strongest player in the county, Rickmon is a force under the basket. Last season he scored 10 points per game and emerged as one of the Patriots' leading rebounders.
ALOYSIUS ROBINSON, Meade, F, Sr.: Regarded by some coaches as one of the county's most athletic players, Robinson averaged 14.5 points last season. For Meade to succeed, he'll need to put up similar numbers this year despite facing constant double teams.
CHRIS SCHRADER, Glen Burnie, F, Sr.: Even though he averaged just 5 points last season, he's the most experienced player returning from a team that made it to the state championship game.
CHRIS SHADE, Northeast, F, Sr.: As in football, he's an all-around athlete capable of doing anything and everything. He's Northeast's leading rebounder, its premier inside presence and, arguably, its best three-pointer shooter.
MARQUIS SULLIVAN, Spalding, G, Sr.: Last season he played second fiddle to Rudy Gay, the Washington Post All-Met player of the year, and averaged 10 points. With Gay gone to the University of Connecticut, Sullivan should take at least five more shots per game.