1. Oxon Hill: Two-time defending county 4A champion has several quality players to surround the area's best, senior center Michael Sweetney.

2. DeMatha: Stags lost two All-Met players to graduation, but still won the Ban the Brick and Reebok summer leagues.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt: Raiders are poised to challenge Oxon Hill in the 4A league, with guards Delonte Holland and Edward Basden.

4. McNamara: School's all-time leading scorer, Virginia-bound Maurice Young, is back for the Mustangs.

5. Central: Seniors Sean Brooks and B.J. Haigler have led Falcons to back-to-back state tournaments.


1. Suitland: Two-time defending 4A state champion lost two strong post players to graduation, but return starting back court.

2. Riverdale Baptist: Everyone is back for the Crusaders, plus a 6-foot-3 senior transfer from Philadelphia, Tiffany Stansbury.

3. DuVal: Four starters--including three players who already have signed with Division I schools--and the top reserve are back for defending 3A champion.

4. Largo: All-Met and North Carolina-bound Candace Sutton leads last season's 4A county co-champions.

5. Elizabeth Seton: WCAC finalist adds talented transfer guard Cotelia Bond-Young to a team that already included forward Katrina Martin.