Chinanu Onuaku (32) and Riverdale Baptist will once again be smack in the middle of the title race in the Capital Beltway Athletic Association. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Top Teams

Riverdale Baptist (26-10), Clinton Christian (4-16), Capitol Christian (34-13)

Top Players

F Leroy Butts, Clinton Christian, 6-7, Jr.

G Jon Davis, Clinton Christian, 6-2, Sr.

B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in private school basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

F/C Chinanu Onuaku, Riverdale Baptist, 6-10, Sr.

G Byron Hawkins, Clinton Christian, 6-1, Sr.

G Marcquise Reed, Capitol Christian, 6-2, Sr.


After winning the inaugural league championship, Riverdale Baptist has reloaded for its title-run defense. Gone is All-Met guard Nigel Johnson (Kansas State), but the Crusaders feature twin towers in Onuaku, a Louisville commit who can block shots and rebound effectively, and Taron Oliver, a big-bodied junior who has the potential to dominate the paint. . . . Clinton Christian looks to emerge as the latest contender in the D.C. metro area after welcoming in six high-level transfer players under new coaches Christian Cole and Mike Sumner. Davis, a DePaul commit, is a proficient scorer who can break down opponents off the dribble. Hawkins and Butts join Develle Phillips and Allante Holston to make up an Eagles squad that runs the floor well and can score in bunches. . . . Formerly known as Princeton Day, Capitol Christian also features plenty of talented new faces on its roster. After being led by All-Met guard Aquille Carr last season, the Warriors will look to several players for production. Reed, a Pallotti transfer, is a combo guard who can fill up the stat sheet. He scored 45 points in an early-season tournament win. Joining him on the perimeter is Kwame Camon, who averaged 14.5 points as a sophomore at West Potomac last year. . . . Sylvester Obonga will be tasked with leading a National Christian team that lost three starters but always stands as a strong contender in the area. Basketball Preview

B.J. Koubaroulis, Chelsea Janes and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in Maryland basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

Top 20 Rankings: Boys | Girls

Preseason All-Met Watch

Boys: WCAC | IAC | MAC | Capital Beltway | PVAC


Boys: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

Girls: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

Boys: Concorde | Liberty | National | Patriot

Girls: Concorde | Liberty | National | Patriot