Basketball preview: DCIAA boys

B.J. Koubaroulis and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in D.C. basketball. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Top teams

Theodore Roosevelt (26-4), Coolidge (25-6), Wilson (16-9)

Top players

G Kenneth Beckham, Dunbar, 6-2, Sr.

F Jamal Gregory, Coolidge, 6-4, Sr.

With several key players back, Johnnie Shuler (0) and Theodore Roosevelt should again contend for DCIAA supremacy. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

F Christian Lutete, McKinley Tech, Sr.

G Johnnie Shuler, Theodore Roosevelt, 6-0, Sr.

Skinny

Coolidge lost its three most experienced players from last season’s DCIAA and DCSAA championship team but have an exciting transfer in forward Gregory (O’Connell) and are expecting big things from 6-foot-2 senior Kory Cooley — the team’s second leading scorer (12.4) last winter. . . . Roosevelt boasts one of the city’s best tandems in Shuler (La Salle) and the high-flying Faulkner. The Rough Riders also return talented guard Jarrell Allen, who averaged nine points per game last winter and should take some offensive pressure off Shuler. . . . Beckham will again lead Dunbar a year after averaging 18 points per game as a junior. . . . Wilson will have a big, physical front-court, but will also rely on two of the most experienced guards in the league in Larry Holmes (8.8 ppg) and Dimone Long (8.7). Watch out for Paul VI transfer Miles Gillette, a 6-foot-5 junior forward. . . . Lutete will be a marked man a year after helping McKinley Tech win 21 games. The Trainers also return a hard-nosed forward in Anthony Carthen. . . . Ballou graduated its top two scorers after winning 24 games and reaching the DCSAA final last winter, but should be in the mix again behind senior forward DeWayne Owens (13.3 ppg).

AllMetSports.com Basketball Preview

Top 20 Rankings: Boys | Girls

Preseason All-Met Watch

Boys: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

Girls: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

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

Girls: WCAC | ISL AA | ISL A | PVAC

Boys: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Girls: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.

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