Jordan Lamberth, left, and Thomas Stone are aiming to unseat North Point atop the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Top teams

North Point (24-2), Westlake (17-7), Thomas Stone (17-8)

Top players

G Ochae Dejeane, North Point, 5-11, Sr.

F Chris Craft, Westlake, 6-4, Sr.

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

F Jourdan Lamberth, Thomas Stone, 6-1, Sr.

G Desi Wiseman, Westlake, 5-11, Sr.


North Point was undefeated in the conference in 2012-2013 but fell in the state semifinal to Eleanor Roosevelt for the second year in a row. Coach Jimmy Ball says the Eagles are in for a rebuilding year after losing nine seniors including their entire starting lineup, which included All-Met guard Marquis Wright (Siena). Dejeane will step into Wright’s role in his third year on varsity. “It’s something he’s always been wanting, and we’ll have to step back and see how he does in that position,” Ball said. . . . North Point’s losses open up the conference for a season that should feature a boost in parity. Westlake is a solid bet to unseat the Eagles at the top of the conference. Craft can play multiple positions and the 6-foot-4 forward averaged 8.9 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior. . . . The Wolverines’ greatest competition will likely come from Thomas Stone. Point guard Michael Briscoe is playing at North Carolina A&T but the Cougars return Lamberth and Jordan Battle, who scored 14 points in the Cougars’ second-round win against Westlake in last year’s playoffs. . . . Patuxent (5-19) lost leading scorer Trey Lee to graduation but return senior guard Jahi Norman and forward Jake Anderson. . . . Great Mills’ junior-laden squad has matured to return four starters (three seniors, one junior). Five-foot-seven uard Melquan Williams has a knack to getting to the basket around taller player,s and forward Raymond Mcleod averaged 11 points per game last year. Basketball Preview

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