A number of players transferring into the district has changed the complexion of the league and created many questions as the season draws near. Edison, Hayfield and West Potomac got unexpected boosts from transfers. But Lee, with excellent long-range shooters to take advantage of the new three-point shot and seven returning players, is the favorite. Edison
The Eagles (2-19 in 1986) will try to rebound from a miserable campaign with the help of three transfers. Kim Lisimby, a 6-3 point guard from New York City, will be asked to carry much of the load. The junior transfer is an excellent athlete and good jumper. "He's a player," said Coach Dave Muniz.
Dan Wagner, a 6-2 junior from upstate New York, and Juarnel Covington, a 6-0 sophomore guard from Mount Vernon will join Lisimby in the Eagles new-look starting lineup. At center, Terry Henderson (6-6) returns from an injury-plauged season in which he grabbed eight rebounds per game when healthy.
Edison will use full-court pressure to disrupt opponents' continuity and their quickness to get some easy baskets. It still remains to be seen how long the transfers take to adjust to their new surroundings. Hayfield
Hayfield will be doing some rebuilding after losing six of its top eight players from last year's 22-7 squad. New coach Dave Watnee plans to employ the same run and press style of former coach Bob Chuey's successful Hayfield clubs.
The Hawks have decent size across the front line and return a solid point guard in senior Rob Thorne (5-11). Mike Metheny (6-4, center) and Kevin Woody (6-3, forward) return from last season to give strength up front and Ira Winston (6-3, sophomore), a transfer from Gar-Field, will join them on the boards.
Inexperience and depth could plague the Hawks early in the season, but if the younger players begin to contribute, Hayfield can challenge for league honors. Lee
The Lancers (11-12) return their top seven players of a year ago and are the favorites to capture the district crown. The addition of the three-point goal could be most helpful to this long-range shooting bunch.
Jeff Jividen (6-2) returns after a summer in which he led two leagues in three-point field goals. The three-point shot will help Jividen improve on his 20-point average of a year ago. Six-three point guard Bill Courtney averaged seven assists per game last year and it is his penetration that frees up teammates for the outside shots. But the player that gives the Lancers a chance to be an outstanding team is 6-8 senior Derek Solomon. Coach Charlie Thompson says Solomon is the most improved player on the club.
The Lancers will press on defense and fire it up from long range on offense -- a dangerous combination, but one Lee may be able to make work. Mount Vernon
Though the Majors (18-6) have lost seven players to graduation, including standout Devon Williams-Hines, Coach Don McCool's team can never be counted out. Well known is the Mount Vernon reputation for intense defensive pressure and an offense based on transition. In McCool's 10 years at the helm the Majors have never lost more than seven games in a season.
Lorenzo Bryant has recovered from a back injury that sidelined him much of last year, but not before the 6-1 guard had proven himself as an outstanding scorer in only his freshman year. Barry Smith (5-11, senior) returns to run the offense and he'll be joined by guard Norrin Braxton (6-0, senior) and center David Taylor (6-4, senior) from last year's squad. Greg Beale also returns to give the Majors a small but super-quick team.
Though the Majors return several players, they lack extensive game experience and it could result in a slow start. But by playoff time, expect Mount Vernon to be a major factor. West Potomac
Last year the Wolverines (14-11) used their size advantage to wear down opponents. This year they will have a new look as they use their speed to run past opposing defenses. Only one player returns from last year's squad but West Potomac got much needed help with a transfer from T.C. Williams.
Curtis Lawing, a 6-2 guard who averaged eight points per game last year, returns and, along with 6-7 transfer Eric Drayton, provides the Wolverines with a solid inside-outside punch.
David Roundtree, a 6-2 guard who led the junior varsity in scoring last year, 6-0 Jerome Gunter and Mike Saahire (5-10) will start. Second-year Coach Bill Engels plans to switch defenses more this season, an option he didn't have with his bulky, but less mobile front line.