Potomac’s Dion Wiley (far right) is one of the area’s most coveted recruits and will lead the Wolverines again this season. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Top Teams

Largo (22-5), Gwynn Park (19-6), Potomac (Md.) (18-7)

Top Players

G/F Dion Wiley, Potomac (Md.), 6-4, Jr.

G Jalen Harris, Gwynn Park, 6-2, Sr.

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)

G Calvin Lovitt, Central, 5-11, Sr.

G Jeffrey Calhoun, Douglass, 5-7, Sr.

G Daemond Carter, Largo, 6-3, Sr.


After leading the Wolverines to a breakout campaign last winter, Wiley (18.7 points per game) only boosted his stock in the offseason and enters the year as one of the area’s most sought-after recruits. . . . Harris (16 ppg) is Gwynn Park’s lone returning starter off a team that beat C.H. Flowers in the county championship game, but the Yellow Jackets added size with a pair of senior transfers in 6-foot-3, 275-pound Donovan Johnson (Surrattsville) and 6-foot-7, 270-pound John Wilburn (Bishop Ireton). . . . Though Largo lost five of its top six players, including second-team All-Met Derrick Colter, off the squad that fell in the Maryland 2A final, the Lions should have enough talent left over to make a run at their fourth state tournament appearance in seven years. . . . Steve Matthews, who spent 15 years at Gwynn Park, is the new coach at Crossland, taking over a team that returns just two players with varsity experience.