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Basketball preview: Boys’ independents, others

Aquille Carr brings his high-octane brand of basketball to Princeton Day this winter. (Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

Top teams

Montrose Christian (21-3); Riverdale Baptist (35-3); National Christian (20-9)

Top players

G Aquille Carr, Princeton Day, 5-7, Sr.

G Jon Davis, National Christian, 6-2, Jr.

G Nigel Johnson, Riverdale Baptist, 6-1, Sr.

F Emmanuel Omogbo, Princeton Day, 6-7, Sr.

F Ishmail Wainwright, Montrose Christian, 6-6, Sr.


Despite losing two first-team All-Mets, Montrose Christian remains strong behind highly-touted Baylor recruit Wainwright. The wide-bodied forward can do a little bit of everything and will be aided in the post by 6-foot-8 Mark Williams and 6-foot-10 Cole Harrison. Meantime, swingman Therence Mayimba gives the Mustangs a threat on the perimeter and in transition. . . .

Riverdale Baptist and National Christian will do battle in the newly-formed Capital Beltway Conference. The Crusaders are boosted by the transfer of Johnson, who averaged 29.5 points last season at Broad Run. Inside, senior lefty Khary Doby brings a powerful presence. . . . National Christian boasts lots of experience with Davis and senior Zac Douglas, both of whom have strong scoring ability. . . .

Princeton Day, also in the CBC, is a team to watch after welcoming Carr and Omogbo into its program. Nicknamed the “Crimestopper,” Carr’s high-octane play and Omogbo’s skills around the rim could pose problems for opponents as the Storm develop chemistry among their new-look squad.

Montrose Christian blows past Hayfield in an early season contest. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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