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)


Top teams

Grace Brethren-Clinton (32-3), McLean School (19-5), Jewish Day (12-10)

Top players

G Desmond Brogsdale, Grace Brethren, 6-2, Jr.

G A.J. Cabbagestalk, Grace Brethren, 6-0, Jr.

G Danny Kravitz, Jewish Day, 6-1, Jr.

G Brandon Thompson, Covenant Life, 5-9, Jr.

G/F Jordan Young, McLean School, 6-5, Sr.


Defending PVAC champ Grace Brethren-Clinton has no seniors but plenty of talent on its team this season. Cabbagestalk (10.9 points per game) possesses strong court vision and ballhandling skills at the point, allowing him to find capable scorers in juniors Brogsdale and Michael Lepzem. . . . McLean School, last year’s conference tournament runner-up, returns its top scorer in Young (15.9 ppg) along with DacRon Hobbs to make the Mustangs a viable threat. . . . Jewish Day showed that it’s poised for an improvement on last season by winning its season opener against rival Covenant Life, which won the league title in 2010 and 2011. Ethan Walfish had 20 points in the victory for Jewish Day, providing a scoring complement for the crafty Kravitz.