Oxon Hill and its center, Michael Sweetney, might be the best team and player in Prince George's County this winter. But there's plenty of talent elsewhere--enough to guarantee that Sweetney and the Clippers are not locks to be considered the area's best when the season ends in March.
A look at some of the county's top players, divided into five categories:
G Richard Little, Oxon Hill, 5-10, Sr.: The Clippers' indispensable player averaged more assists (10.5) than points (8.0) last season.
G Warren Williams, DeMatha, 5-10, Soph.: He's making the jump from junior varsity to varsity point guard, but Coach Morgan Wootten says he has the potential to be outstanding.
G Tony Bethel, McNamara, 6-2, Jr.: The savvy point guard is one of the area's best.
Gs Lamar Butler Jr., 6-1, Jr.; Phil Goss, Oxon Hill, 6-2, Jr.: The slender guards each averaged 8.5 points last season and have good outside shots.
G Terrell Millington, Surrattsville, 6-4, Sr.: He averaged nearly 15 points last season, but probably will increase his scoring to make up for the graduation of standout Donnell Pope.
G Billy Edelin, DeMatha, 6-1, Jr.: The shooting guard averaged 22.7 points in Stags' first three games, and scored 32 points in championship victory of Subway Shootout International.
C Sean Brooks, Central, 6-6, Sr.: The Drexel-bound senior is big (230 pounds), strong, has great hands and averaged 17 rebounds per game.
C Michael Sweetney, Oxon Hill, 6-8, Sr.: The agile big man does everything well, especially rebounding (13.5 per game).
C Jordan Collins, DeMatha, 6-10, Jr.: He pulled down 18 rebounds in championship of Subway Shootout International, following his 15-rebound performance in the Stags' season opener.
G Edward Basden, Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-4, Jr.: The rangy guard averaged 4.5 steals and "has probably the best hands I've seen in high school basketball," Raiders Coach Glenn Farello said.
G B.J. Haigler, Central, 5-11, Sr.: A three-year starter, Haigler becomes a disruptive force when he puts pressure on ballhandlers.
G Rolando David, Bladensburg, 6-3, Sr.: He's the best defender on an athletic, aggressive and defensive-minded team.
G Delonte Holland, Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-5, Sr.: The Rhode Island-bound scorer averaged 18 points for Raiders.
F Maurice Young, McNamara, 6-5, Sr.: The Virginia signee already is McNamara's all-time leading scorer (1,418 points before the season began).
G Charles Ford, Gwynn Park, 6-4, Sr.: An energetic shooting guard, Ford averaged 17 points per game last season.
Special correspondent Kathy Orton contributed to this report.
CAPTION: Eleanor Roosevelt guard Delonte Holland, left, is contested on shot by Oxon Hill center Michael Sweetney during a summer league game. The pair will meet again on Dec. 17 in a matchup of two of the top teams and two of the top players in the area.