Justin Anderson (center) and Montrose Christian open the season on top. (Preston Keres/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)


2010-11 record listed; final ranking in parentheses.

1 Montrose Christian 25-1 (1)

F Justin Anderson (Virginia) is among the area’s most electric players and has plenty of company returning from team that won National High School Invitational.

James Robinson (left) and DeMatha are ranked second at the start of the season. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

2 DeMatha 29-7 (4)

G James Robinson (Pittsburgh) and F Jerami Grant lead team that is aiming for fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and City Title.

3 Paul VI Catholic 21-11 (15)

With four players committed to Division I colleges and three more holding scholarship offers, Panthers hope this season could yield first WCAC championship.

4 Gonzaga 26-8 (5)

All-Met G Nate Britt (North Carolina), F Kris Jenkins are unquestioned leaders for team with lots of younger, talented players.

5 North Point 27-0 (2)

Senior F Tre Mouton, junior F Naim Muhammad and junior G Marquis Wright return for the Maryland 4A defending champions

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6 Magruder 22-4 (8)

G Nick Griffin, G J.J. Epps and F Garland Owens are the backbone for the Colonels, who are coming off Maryland 4A semifinal appearance.

7 National Christian 26-5 (9)

G Jon Davis, F Zacarry Douglas are the key players for one of the region’s top independent teams, which has posted five consecutive 20-win seasons.

8 O’Connell 19-11 (NR)

Knights have a terrific backcourt tandem in guards Romelo Trimble and Will Ferguson as they look to make noise in WCAC.

9 Episcopal 25-3 (3)

All-Met F Arnaud Adala Moto (Wake Forest) and G Kethan Savage (George Washington) return for Interstate Athletic Conference champions.

10 Eleanor Roosevelt 17-9 (16)

The Maryland 4A South Region defending champions feature one of its biggest lineups in years: four starters are 6 feet 4 or taller.

11 Coolidge 19-9 (NR)

Coach Vaughn Jones says this is his most talented team, with two Division I recruits: G Khalen Cumberlander (Central Connecticut State) and C Maurice Jeffers (Delaware).

12 Riverdale Baptist 24-14 (NR)

Coach Louis Wilson, closing in on his 500th career victory, has an experienced roster as Crusaders battle many of the area’s top private school teams.

13 Wise 22-3 (NR)

The Maryland 4A South Region semifinalists feature a new coach (Rob Garner) but return one of the county’s best players in senior G Keith Shivers.

14 Bullis 16-11 (NR)

Bulldogs have a veteran lineup, including F Nigel Pruitt and G Joe Hazel, as they try to unseat Episcopal in the IAC.

15 Landon 19-6 (7)

All-Met G Joe McDonald is one of the area’s best floor leaders for the Bears, who suffered half of last season’s losses to Episcopal.

16 Springbrook 22-3 (11)

F Demetric Austin returns for the Blue Devils, who had won three consecutive Maryland 4A titles before being knocked off by Magruder last year.

17 St. John’s 16-12 (NR)

Coach Paul DeStefano’s Cadets annually are of the area’s best defensive teams but will be challenged by difficult nonconference schedule.

18 C.H. Flowers 14-11 (NR)

The young Jaguars surprised many last winter by reaching the Maryland 4A South Region final, but this season they are expected to contend with many of the same players.

19 Maret 18-10 (NR)

Frogs have most of their top players back from last season in an increasingly competitive Mid-Atlantic Conference.

20 T.C. Williams 25-6 (10)

Defending Va. AAA Northern Region champions lost top four scorers but return three with starting experience, led by point guard Daquan Kerman and 6-6 forward T.J. Huggins.