Prince George's County's public school girls basketball teams produced the Maryland 4A and 3A champions last winter, and the private schools include perennial WCAC contender Elizabeth Seton and powerful Riverdale Baptist. So it is no surprise that the talent runs deep in the county.
A look at some of the county's top players, divided into five categories:
G Erin Winston, Elizabeth Seton, 5-7, Jr.: A solid ballhandler and defender, Winston should pick up where graduated All-Met Mia Chapman left off.
G Lynette Clark, DuVal, 5-7, Sr.: The coach's daughter directed the Tigers to the Maryland 3A championship, averaging five assists per game.
G Jesthela Lopez, Oxon Hill, 5-5, Sr.: "Jet" averaged 4.2 assists last season and will be charged with getting the ball inside to forward Rebekkah Brunson.
G Jennie Brown, Elizabeth Seton, 5-10, Sr.: The three-sport athlete is a good outside shooter who averaged 10 points per game last season.
G Tamara Barnes, Largo, 5-7, Sr.: She shot over 50 percent from three-point range last season and averaged 14 points per game.
G KiKi Wimbush, Suitland, 5-7, Sr.: She can score (18 ppg) and distribute the basketball (8 apg).
F Jennifer Baker, Riverdale Baptist, 5-9, Sr.: The explosive leaper averaged 11 rebounds and can grab the rim, according to Coach Keith Lynch.
F Crystal Washington, McNamara, 6-1, Sr.: The Maryland signee averaged 20 rebounds as a sophomore and double-digits again last season.
F Katrina Martin, Elizabeth Seton, 5-10, Sr.: Martin is Seton's all-time leading scorer and should surpass 1,000 career rebounds this season, becoming school's all-time leading rebounder as well.
G Joi Jefferson, Riverdale Baptist, 5-9, Sr.: The strong all-around player is an especially tough defender, averaging 7.5 steals per game last season.
G Pria Stellmacher, Suitland, 5-4, Sr.: She started last season for the 4A state champion Rams, averaging five steals per game.
G Amanda Kelly, Largo, 5-6, Sr.: Her quick hands resulted in three steals per game.
F Rebekkah Brunson, Oxon Hill, 6-2, Sr.: The Georgetown signee averaged 18.5 points and 16.2 rebounds a game for the Clippers last season.
F Vernessa Neamo, DuVal, 5-9, Sr.: She scored 23 points in the Tigers' 3A state championship win over Milford Mill; she averaged 21 points per game for the season.
C Candace Sutton, Largo, 6-5, Sr.: The All-Met center has a solid all-around game and averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game last season.
Special correspondent Kathy Orton contributed to this report.
CAPTION: Riverdale Baptist's Joi Jefferson, far left, contends for rebound with Amy Mulligan of St. Mary's. Jefferson averaged 7.5 steals a game last season.