Re’Quan Hopson (left)will be called upon to shoulder a bigger scoring load for Wakefield this season as the Warriors aim to make another deep playoff run. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Top teams

Edison (10-12), Wakefield (25-6), Hayfield (13-11)

Top players

G Amir Atkins, Hayfield, 6-3, Sr.

G Chief Amoah, Edison, 5-10, Sr.

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

G Marcus Brumsey Jr., Edison, 6-3, Sr.

F Dominique Tham, Wakefield, 6-4, Jr.


Lots of buzz surrounds Edison, which returns three of its top four scorers in Amoah (17.2 points per game), Brumsey (14.7) and Drew Lakey (9) and welcomes three talented private school transfers. Amoah and Lakey’s outside shooting ability and experience from the Eagles’ 2011-12 run to the state tournament will be complemented by the addition of inside threats Isaiah Buck (DeMatha), Tyvez Monroe (O’Connell) and Damien Jones Jr. . . . Wakefield made it all the way to the state semifinals last season and has the weapons to make another deep run this winter. A strong shot blocker and triple-double threat, Tham will be the Warriors’ leader inside, while Re’Quan Hopson and Jalen Carver will be looked upon to increase their scoring production following the graduation of Khory Moore and Ermias Nega. . . . Atkins returns as Hayfield’s top player following a breakout junior campaign. His ability to get to the rim, along with Tyler Thornton’s defensive prowess, make the Hawks a strong contender in the area. . . . Bryce Washington and Mount Vernon look to build on their late-season success from a year ago, which featured a run to the National District title game following a five-game losing streak. . . . Zack Escherick who averaged 13.7 points last season, is likely to see his production increase after Yorktown graduated five of its six top scorers. . . . Stuart graduated its three top scorers but can draw optimism from the emergence of guard Mohammed Hussin and center Denzel Marshall late last season. Basketball Preview

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

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