Ariana Freeman, shown in a 2012 game, will aim to lead Paul VI Catholic past defending league champion St. John’s and fellow contender Good Counsel. (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

Top teams

Paul VI Catholic (29-4), St. John’s (33-1), Good Counsel (27-6)

Top players

G Ariana Freeman, Paul VI Catholic, 5-10, Sr.

G Amari Carter, St. John’s, 5-7, Jr.

B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in private school basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

F Sara Woods, Good Counsel, 5-10, Sr.


Paul VI Catholic is loaded with talent, starting with All-Met Ariana Freeman (19.2 points per game). She’ll get help down low from 6-foot-4 center Jonquanae Cole (6.8 ppg), and from guards Lindsay Oblitey, Jasmine Whitney and Bullis transfer Raven James. . . . St. John’s is the defending league champion, and although it must replace McDonald’s all-American Lindsay Allen, there is plenty of talent coming back. The backcourt will feature junior Amari Carter (10.7 ppg) and Britani Stowe, and the Lady Cadets have a strong sophomore forward tandem in Sarah Overcash and Kayla Robbins. . . . Good Counsel will be led by senior guard Sara Woods, who averaged 9.4 points per game as a junior and was one of the team’s best free throw shooters. Watch out for Falcons junior forward Nicole Enabosi (7.1 ppg), who could have a breakout year. . . . Elizabeth Seton is stocked with college talent, including senior guards Camden Musgrave (Central Connecticut), Savannah Johnson (Brown) and 6-3 senior forward Casey Davis (George Mason). . . . St. Mary’s Ryken is poised to make a run in the league this year and returns talented sophomore Deja Ford, who averaged 7.1 points per game last season. . . . O’Connell will be young but has talented young players in St. John’s transfer Genesis Parker and freshman guard Morgan Simpson. . . . Holy Cross will be anchored by Florida-bound volleyball player, Rhamat Alhassan, a 6-5 post who scored 15 points in the season opening loss to Georgetown Visitation. Basketball Preview

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B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Tariq Lee preview teams and players to watch in Virginia basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

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


Boys: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Girls: Prince George’s 4A | 3A/2A/1A

Boys: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others

Girls: DCIAA | Charters | Independents/Others