Isaiah Eisendorf and Springbrook should be back in the mix in Montgomery 4A after a down year in 2012-13. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Kennedy (17-8), Churchill (18-6), Blair (15-9)

Top players

G/F Josh Hardy, Clarksburg, 6-4, Sr.

G Malik Harris, Churchill, 5-11, Sr.

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

G Andrew Robinson, Springbrook, 6-5, Sr.


Magruder (24-3) and Paint Branch (21-4) were the class of the league last season, but both lost their five top scorers to graduation. That could leave 4A wide open for teams like Churchill, Blair and Kennedy, who were all strong last season, to seize control. . . . If perennially-solid Magruder is to reload, 6-foot-5 junior Joe Hugley will need to emerge as one of the top post players in the county, something many believe he has the ability to do. . . . Churchill (18-6) was a regional finalist last season and returns four of its top six scorers including Harris, who averaged 12 points per game. . . . Clarksburg (11-13) could rise to the top as the Coyotes return their two leading scorers — Hardy (16 ppg) and Dennis Singleton Jr. (12 ppg) . . . . After going 13-10 last year, Springbrook could be loaded for an even stronger season this year, thanks in large part to the return of Robinson, one of the region’s most dangerous scoring threats (17 ppg last year). . . . Gaithersburg (6-17) is prepared for a turnaround season with the help of transfers Aaron Jones (Quince Orchard) and Geron Braithwaite (Seneca Valley). Basketball Preview

Top 20 Rankings: Boys | Girls

Preseason All-Met Watch

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

Boys: Montgomery 4A | 3A/2A

Girls: Montgomery 4A | 3A/2A

Boys: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Girls: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Boys: SMAC | Howard | Anne Arundel

Girls: SMAC | Howard | Anne Arundel

Boys: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

Girls: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

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