Basketball preview: Prince George’s 4A boys


Eleanor Roosevelt's Akil Charles looks for some room to manuever against McNamara last season. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Top teams

Eleanor Roosevelt (17-9), C.H. Flowers (14-11), Wise (22-3)

Top players

G Brandon Green, C.H. Flowers, 6-0, Jr.

G Chaun Miller, Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-4, Sr.

G Keith Shivers, Wise, 6-3, Sr.

G Roddy Peters, Suitland, 6-3, Jr.

Skinny

Behind standout Miller, 4A semifinalist Eleanor Roosevelt will feature one of its tallest lineups in years with four starters over 6-4. The defending South Region champion Raiders return six players, three of them starters. Akil Charles, a 6-foot senior, will shift to point guard after recovering from a preseason broken elbow. . . . Last season, C.H. Flowers was young but reached the region title game. The Jaguars return most of their starters, led by Green (13.5 ppg). . . .

Wise, which won last winter’s regular season title, returns standout guard Shivers (12.4 ppg). Former Friendly coach Rob Garner takes over the Pumas.. . . Suitland, which dropped only one regular season conference game last season, returns two starters and could push the top teams with Peters and 6-4 senior forward-center Daquan Page.. . . Jermone Graham and Antonio Williams will split the head coaching duties for Bladensburg .. . . Oxon Hill, led by junior guard Sam Harris, will also feature a new coach, his father Sam Harris.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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