W.T. Woodson's Tommy Stepka, left, and T.C. Williams' Landon Moss, right, lead the top two contenders in the Patriot District. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Top teams

W.T. Woodson (20-5); T.C. Williams (17-10); West Potomac (14-8)

Top players

G Eric Bowles, W.T. Woodson, 5-11, So.

F/G Justin Hampton, South County, 6-5, Sr.

B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview some of the top players and programs in the DMV area to watch this basketball season. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

F/G Landon Moss, T.C. Williams, 6-5, Sr.

G Brandon Pressley, West Potomac, 5-7, Sr.

G/F Tommy Stepka, W.T. Woodson, 6-6, Sr.


W.T. Woodson stands as the early favorite, returning four starters and six of its nine top scorers. Stepka, a senior swingman, will look to build on last year’s success when he averaged 14.3 points to earn first-team all-region honors. Also keep an eye on Bowles, who made an immediate impact as a freshman, averaging 5.1 assists as the Cavaliers’ floor general. . . .

Defending district tournament champ T.C Williams lost four starters from a year ago but don’t count out the Titans with Coach Julian King expecting more production from Moss. . . . West Potomac’s strength lies in its depth, featuring scoring threat Pressley, the speedy Demornay Pierson-El and Caleb Williams, who dropped 17 points in his varsity debut this season. . . . South County boasts two all-district players in Hampton and Oren Burks, a Vanderbilt football recruit.

Washington-Lee’s Alex Seff, a 6-foot sophomore guard, hit a half court buzzer beater in overtime to down Westfield 77-74. Seff scored six of his eight points in overtime. (Courtesy of George Seff/Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)