Eleanor Roosevelt took home the Maryland 4A title last year but the Raiders were hit hard by graduation, which could open up the Prince George’s 4A ranks this winter. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Wise (19-6), DuVal (18-5), Eleanor Roosevelt (21-1)

Top players

F Micah Till, Wise, 6-6, Sr.

F Edward Polite, DuVal, 6-4, Jr.

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

F Clint Robinson, Flowers, 6-7, Sr.

G Kaine Wilson, Parkdale, 6-1, Jr.


Ask anyone in Prince George’s 4A basketball, and they’ll tell you that until someone beats defending 4A state champion and perennial power Eleanor Roosevelt, the Raiders are still the team to beat. But after losing its top six scorers from that championship team, the Raiders will need to reload quickly. A big year from senior guard Andre Fox (5 points per game last season) would help. . . . Wise may be the most proven team in the county, and the Pumas return their top scorer in athletic big man Till, who will play football at North Carolina State next year. Till averaged 16 points per game as a junior, and will pair with guards Justice Sneed and Lavonte Sanders (10 ppg each last year) in an experienced and potent Pumas attack bolstered by the addition of former Good Counsel post player Trevor Brown, who transferred prior to this year. . . . Even without point guard Michael Cunningham, who averaged 18 points per game last season but was ruled ineligible to play this year, DuVal’s roster is loaded with talent. The Tigers feature explosive and highly-recruited Polite, who averaged nine points and six rebounds per game as a sophomore, and sophomore forward AJ Wilson, a transfer from Bowie who was offered a scholarship by Penn State earlier this year. . . . Flowers, which picked up guard Devin Shuler (Bell), should give teams trouble with Shuler’s scoring ability and the girth of Robinson down low. . . . Parkdale and Northwestern could also make noise this season, and in a league many coaches believe is somewhat open for the taking, those teams could have as big an impact on where teams finish as anyone.

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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)

Preseason All-Met Watch

Boys: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Girls: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Boys: Montgomery 4A | 3A/2A

Girls: Montgomery 4A | 3A/2A

Boys: SMAC | Howard | Anne Arundel

Girls: SMAC | Howard | Anne Arundel

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