One senior stands 6-foot-6, weighs 340 pounds and is such an immense presence in the middle that he's been nicknamed Shaq and Freight Train.

The other senior has not played varsity basketball. But his skills are so strong that his coach believes he would be an all-state player by now if he'd played throughout high school.

Northeast's Vince Downs and Marshall Durr are making the most of this summer's Anne Arundel Recreation and Parks Senior League at Lake Waterford Park.

Downs, 17, got a chance to start for the Eagles midway through last season, his first on varsity. This summer, he's trying to sharpen his skills around the basket -- especially the "touch" a big center needs to lob in a little floater or bank in a shot when he receives a pass in the lane.

"I'm going to work on more positioning," said Downs of his goals for the summer season, which runs through Aug. 2. "Working on stamina and stuff like that, getting me in shape."

Durr, 17, didn't even play basketball as a freshman. He joined the Northeast junior varsity midway through his sophomore year, sat out as a junior to bring up his grades, and now -- from the looks of his stellar play at Lake Waterford over the past few weeks -- could be the Eagles' top scorer and rebounder.

"I expect to be an enforcer: defensive stopper, hustle, diving all over the floor, getting rebounds, scoring. Giving all-around game," said the 6-4, 215-pound Durr, who scored 19 points and grabbed several rebounds in a game last week against Severn.

During the same game, Downs was a little slow at getting back on defense -- once resulting in an uncontested Severn layup -- and at moving to block a shot by a smaller player. But he also displayed nifty moves: a nice reverse layup in traffic and a turn-around bank shot with three defenders around him. He finished with six points as Northeast won a close contest.

Downs says he wants to bring his playing weight down about 40 pounds, but at the same time he's bulking up for his fall sport: He plays offensive and defensive tackle for the football team.

When football season concludes and the basketball season begins days later, Northeast Coach Kevin Gast knows what he wants to see from two of the biggest players in the county.

"We want Vince to be able to get 10 rebounds and 10 points a game, minimum," said Gast, whose team won just five games last season. "If Vince does more than that, home run for us."

Durr's athleticism was enhanced on the football field in the past few years, and Gast is excited to have that prowess on the hard court.

"If we would have had Marshall the whole four years, he'd be all-state. Every college coach would be coming to Northeast to watch him play. He can jump, he can run, great attitude. There are things we have to polish up, but he can do everything we're going to ask him to do," said Gast, who hopes Durr can contribute 10 rebounds and 15 points per game this season.

"The pair of them standing down there," said Gast of Downs and Durr, "that's a lot of lumber. We're real excited about that."

Downs knows he'll have to fine-tune his inside game and his rebounding (he had just three last week) come the winter. Football may be his primary sport, but he insists he's passionate about basketball.

"All my friends play basketball, and I've played basketball most of my life, so I figure I must be playing for a reason."

Marshall Durr, left, and Vince Downs, right, play for Northeast's summer basketball team. Durr is 6-feet-4, 215 pounds; Downs is 6-6, 340. "That's a lot of lumber," said their summer league coach.