Samantha Porter and Mount Vernon will battle with Edison again this season for National District supremacy. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Top Teams

Mount Vernon (22-3), Edison (24-5), Lee (7-14)

Top Players

F Samantha Porter, Mount Vernon, 5-11, Sr.

G Chanel Shannon, Mount Vernon, 5-6, Sr.

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

G Jada Graves, Edison, 5-9, Soph.

G Megan Hendrick, Edison, 5-8, Soph.


Mount Vernon is looking to win its fourth straight district title but lost three seniors who provided just more than half of the Majors’ 72.8 points per game last season. Samantha Porter and Chanel Shannon will be leaders on the floor. Senior guard DJ Jean Pierre, a 5-foot-9 transfer from Mississippi, will see a lot of playing time in the Mount Vernon backcourt. The Majors have several girls that can hurt teams with their ability to stretch the floor and knock down threes. . . . Edison has a standout backcourt with sophomores Megan Hendrick and Jada Graves. Hendricks is sporting an improved midrange jumper and Graves, a lefty, is better with her off-hand dribbling after spending the summer with her AAU team, Havoc City. This is coach Dianne Lewis’s youngest team at Edison. . . . In the eight-team district, Edison and Mount Vernon were the only teams to finish with a winning record in 2012-13. Basketball Preview

Top 20 Rankings: Boys | Girls

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

Preseason All-Met Watch

Boys: Concorde | Liberty | National | Patriot

Girls: Concorde | Liberty | National | Patriot

Boys: Cardinal | Dulles | Potomac

Girls: Cardinal | Dulles | Potomac

Boys: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

Girls: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

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