Steve Harley

Crossland

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior transfer from Techworld has been on a scoring tear. Harley is averaging 31.3 points and six assists per game, and Crossland is off to a 3-0 start.

Harley was the area's fourth-leading scorer last season with a 27.1 average in 26 games for Techworld. He eclipsed the 30-point mark eight times and scored 40 points twice.

Harley scored a team-high 29 points in Crossland's season-opening victory over C.H. Flowers, then tallied 34 and 31 points in victories over High Point and Old Mill, respectively.

Jose Olivero

W.T. Woodson

Olivero is one of Northern Virginia's hottest players, averaging 25 points, 3.8 steals and 5.5 assists per game.

The 6-1, 180-pound senior point guard has topped the 30-point mark twice this season, including a 31-point, seven-assist performance Friday in Woodson's 79-68 victory over Centreville.

Olivero has helped Woodson (4-0) get off to another strong start. Last season, the Cavaliers started 7-0.

Atholton Boys and Girls

A year after enduring one of the worst seasons in school history, Atholton is off to a 2-0 start and is one victory from equaling its 2001 victory total. The Raiders, behind leading scorer Micah Mbah (13 points per game), have defeated Oakland Mills, 49-40, and Wilde Lake, 58-40.

"We are not used to winning, so it was actually a good feeling," said Mbah, a senior forward. "It's like two totally different seasons."

The Atholton girls' team, which went 2-21 last year, has already equaled last year's win total with victories over Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake. Junior guard Chelsey Barrett is averaging 12 points per game.

Demario Anderson

Oxon Hill

Held to only two points in the first half, Anderson went on a scoring tear in the second half against Northwestern on Friday. The 6-3, 185-pound senior scored 26 second-half points to rally the second-ranked Clippers from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to a 62-57 victory. Anderson made four three-pointers and 6 of 7 free throw attempts.

-- Tarik El-Bashir