G L.J. Owens, Severn, 6-3, Jr.
C Jason Murphy, Chapelgate Christian, 6-8, So.
Glenelg Country (19-9) has both size and experience in droves this year. The team brings back 6-foot-10 senior Anthony Longpre, who committed to Saint Joseph’s, and 6-foot-4 senior Isaiah Burnett , who will play for Navy. Senior guard C.J. Wilson rounds out the three returning starters for the Dragons, who also welcome transfer Jalen Gabbidon, a 6-5 senior guard who has committed to Yale.
Annapolis Area Christian (23-5) won the Independent School Tournament championship last season and ultimately finished as MIAA B Conference runner-up. Though the Eagles lost four starters in the offseason, most notably Justin Williams (George Washington), they return a trio of seniors in Brandon Joseph, Kori Rawlings and Jarrett Heckert who are not afraid to step into leadership roles as the team looks to continue its recent success. . . .
L.J. Owens is one of the top players to watch in the conference this season after averaging roughly 18 points per game for Severn (18-10) last season. Opponents took notice, and Owens enters this season as “a marked man,” as Coach V.J. Keith put it. Returning starters Jermaine Hall and A.J. Burch will have to take some of the pressure off Owens in order for the Admirals to improve upon last season. . . .
Malik McKinney is ready to take the reins at Indian Creek (14-12). The junior proved it last season by coming off the bench to deliver numerous big performances, including a 28-point explosion against Annapolis Area Christian. Returning seniors DaVon Beckford and Zion Chase will also be critical to Indian Creek’s success. . . .
Chapelgate Christian (13-20) heads into this season with both veteran leadership and young talent. Sophomore center Jason Murphy, who already has a Division I offer from Old Dominion, represents both after starting his freshman season with the Yellow Jackets.
Key (16-5) went undefeated in conference play before losing to St. John’s in the MIAA C Conference championship game last season. They’re in good position for another shot at the title with a pair of all-conference players returning in Mike Jackson and Amari Kelly. Guard Jelani Reid, who was also all-conference last season, is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but could return toward the end of January to provide a late-season boost.
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