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)

Top teams

Bullis (24-3); Georgetown Prep (14-13); Episcopal (24-4)

Top players

G Anthony Thompson, Bullis, 5-8, Sr.

G Doug Chappell, Episcopal, 6-2, Sr.

Senior guard Anthony Thompson will lead a Bullis team looking to maintain its place atop the conference. (Toni L. Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)

G Lloyd Howell, St. Albans, 6-5, Sr

G Alex Fabean-Scotch, Georgetown Prep, 6-0, Sr.

G Gavin Peppers, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 6-3, Jr.


Defending league champ Bullis again enters as the team to beat. Holy Cross recruit Thompson fuels the Bulldogs’ attack from the point with Andre Walker giving him a big target in the post. . . .

Georgetown Prep showed its promise by hanging tough with Gonzaga in a season-opening loss. The Little Hoyas came on late last season to finish as the IAC tournament runner-up and look to build more momentum behind Fabean-Scotch (58 three-pointers last year) and forward Michael Wolfe. . . . Episcopal lost its top two scorers but return a big threat in Chappell (14.4 points per game) along with transfer Greg Malinowski. … St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes is another team to watch with newcomers Peppers and Cameron Gregory, who are both averaging around 20 points per game so far this season.

Doug Chappell averaged better than 14 points per game in his junior year at Episcopal and should become the Maroon’s leading source of offense with the graduation of Kethan Savage and Arnaud Adala Moto. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)