Garland Owens (left) and Magruder should once again be among the league’s top teams. (Preston Keres/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Top teams

Magruder (22-4), Springbrook (22-3), Churchill (18-6)

Top players

F Demetric Austin, Springbrook, 6-6, Sr.

G-F Scott Bolen, Sherwood, 6-5, Sr.

G Nick Griffin, Magruder, 6-2, Jr.

F Garland Owens, Magruder, 6-5, Sr.


The usual suspects are expected to be atop the league; Magruder ended Springbrook’s run of three consecutive state championships in last season’s Maryland 4A West Region final. Magruder has a slew of junior guards, led by Griffin, who has scholarship offers from George Washington and Holy Cross, and point guard J.J. Epps. Owens is strong inside.. . . Austin returns for Springbrook after being academically ineligible the second part of last season; he averaged 16.3 points per game.. . .

Springbrook's Demetric Austin (right, shown in the 2010 Maryland 4A final) is back after missing the second half of last season. (Toni L. Sandys/TWP)

Bolen averaged 17.4 points for Sherwood, which should be improved from its 13-12 season a year ago. C Charlie Rogers, a 6-5 senior, also returns for the Warriors. . . . Churchill does not have any superstars, but is solid throughout, led by 6-6 senior Thomas Geenen. . . . Quince Orchard and Blake, contenders in the Montgomery 3A/2A league last year, move up in classification. The Cougars are led by G Myck Miller.