B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Tariq Lee preview teams and players to watch in Virginia basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Potomac (18-7), Freedom-Woodbridge (7-14), Battlefield (19-10), Gar-Field (22-5)

Top players

F Trevor Blondin, Battlefield, 6-3 Sr.

F Randy Haynes, Potomac, 6-3 Sr.

Kameron Hedgepath and Battlefield aim to build on last season’s run to the Virginia AAA state tournament. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

C Trey Porter, Potomac, 6-10, Sr.

G James West IV, Freedom-Woodbridge, 5-10, Fr.

G Jay Wilkins, Woodbridge, 6-2, Jr.

G Cordell Grier, Forest Park, 5-10, Sr.


Across the board, this is shaping up to be a down year – talent wise – in Prince William County. Transfers and graduation have wreaked havoc around the area, with Hylton Coach Barry Smith saying the Bulldogs lost seven players to defection during the offseason. Junior Colin Goss, who averaged more than 12 points per game for Forest Park last season, will play for St. Stephens/St. Agnes in 2013. . . . At Potomac, Porter (George Mason recruit) will protect the paint for a Panthers squad that starts the season as a clear favorite. Reigning Northwest Region player of the year Haynes gives Potomac another dimension offensively in the front court. . . . Blondin (Seton Hill) and Battlefield made a surprise run to the AAA state tournament last winter, winning 18 games along the way. Senior guard Jamison Glover (12.4 ppg) will take on an increased role as ball handler. . . . For the first time in two decades, someone other than Andy Gray will lead Gar-Field onto the hardwood. Jason Bell will helm the Indians after 13 seasons on Gray’s staff. He inherits a squad that lost its top two scorers (Zach Fong and Curtis Lovitt) to graduation. . . . VHSL re-alignment has shackled area coaches with regard to scheduling out-of-conference opponents. Prince William County mandates that its 11 schools play each other at least once; in addition each team must play a conference schedule that includes teams from Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.

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