3A-4A LEAGUE * CATONSVILLE (16-8): Coach Art Gamzon's Comets, regional finalists, will be the team to beat. Catonsville will be bolstered by players from the 20-0 county champion junior varsity. Top players are veteran 6-2 G David Clark and two transfers, 6-1 junior Teron Owens (DeMatha junior varsity) and 6-3 senior Marlon Barbour (Fallston)..
* DULANEY (11-12): A balanced attack features junior 6-3 F Albert Smith and 6-3 Steve Rose and 6-0 Corey Jones, who will share ball-handling duties.
* DUNDALK (12-10): Coach Brian Radcliffe says 6-6 C Darrin McCullers is one of the best big men in the area, and he should be aided by 6-3 F Eric Simms and 5-7 G Sean Sellers. The Owls have 10 seniors.
* EASTERN VO-TECH (9-13): There are nine veterans, most of whom have played together for two years, led by 6-6 senior C Rick Tarburton and 6-1 senior G Jason Weyforth.
* FRANKLIN (4-16): Coach Mike Squirrell moves up from the junior varsity to an experienced group of players, among them his son, Mike Jr., a 6-foot senior guard. The top scorers should be 5-11 G Tim Whitehead and 5-8 G Ashish Solanki.
* KENWOOD (0-20): Ken Grau returns to his alma mater to coach a team that hasn't won in nearly three years. The top veterans are seniors, 5-7 G Ed Miller and 5-8 G Keith Muir. Transfer David Bledsoe, a 6-4 guard from Florida, adds scoring punch.
* LANSDOWNE (12-12): Andy Pons, an assistant last season, has six veterans, led by 5-11 G Kelly Mathews and 6-1 C Mike Zaccinino.
* PARKVILLE (10-13): Ex-Parkville and Essex Community College coach Cal Rumbley will assist coach Zack Karantonis this season. The offense is led by junior G Rob Vocke and F Joe Watkins and F Jay Meyer.
* PERRY HALL (12-11): Leading the team are senior guards Kevin Loewe and Donnie Burks. In the middle will be 6-6 C David Niedzialkowski.
* RANDALLSTOWN (20-3): Leading the defending Class 4A, Region I champion will be 6-5 C Wallace Baker, 6-2 F Steve Johnson and G Larry Washington. Several players have gotten late starts because of their successful football season.
* WOODLAWN (20-3): The defending league champion has seven veteran players, led by seniors F Ferron Carter, F Calvin Moore, G Carlos Paul and G Larry Bacon. Most of the players have played together for three years.
1A-2A LEAGUE * CHESAPEAKE (9-9): Coach Lefty Elliott moves to his fifth Baltimore County school after serving as an assistant to Doug Eisenhauer at Overlea last season. Transfers Charles Holly (Randallstown junior varsity) and Ron Harge (Patapsco) should help. The top veterans are seniors, 6-0 F John Thomas, 6-3 C Mike Ward and 6-0 G Dave Discuillo.
* HEREFORD (15-10): Leading a balanced offense are seniors, 5-10 G Dan Shive and 5-8 G Jeremy Piluk. Coach Steve Power will have several players from a 15-5 junior varsity. With the exception of 6-5 C Jamie Mathews, the Bulls lack height.
* LOCH RAVEN (4-16): Coach Gary Horn has five of his top six from last season. Veterans include Horn's son Brian, a 6-1 F, 5-11 junior F Earl Shorter and 6-1 senior C Cory Johnson.
* MILFORD MILL (14-9): Twelve of 13 players on last season's squad graduated. The Millers had 65 players at their first practice, and last season's junior varsity was 14-6. The lone veteran is 6-0 F Robert Lee. Other top players are 6-1 F Kevin English and 6-1 Jerome Davis.
* OVERLEA (17-3): The Falcons have seven veterans, including first-team all-county performer 6-5 junior F Bernard Hopkins, and are a unanimous pick by the other coaches in the league as the team to beat. Coach Doug Eisenhauer's big men are led by 6-7 senior G Phil Rowe. Also expected to help in the scoring are seniors 6-2 G Tyrone Thomas and 6-3 F Germaine Watford.
* OWINGS MILLS (6-17): Coach Randy Pentz takes over from longtime coach Rusty Evans. There are nine veterans, including 6-1 playmaking senior G James Thompson. Pentz, who coached the junior varsity last season, brings F Billy Wingo (25 ppg junior varsity) to the varsity. The Eagles have height: 6-6 C Demetrious Howard and 6-5 C Timmy Hughes.
* PATAPSCO (9-11): The Patriots have only two veterans, including 5-8 G Chris McFadden. Top players in preseason workouts have been 6-3 F Sean Tatum and 6-1 F Mike Gemmill.
* PIKESVILLE (8-10): Joel Beard, a former head coach at Randallstown, will take over this season after serving as an assistant to Sam Norman last season. The top players are seniors, 6-1 G/F Mickey Berlin and 6-3 F Richard Goldberg. Depth will be a problem. Ligament damage to his knee will keep 6-3 F Phil Efron out until the first of the year.
* SPARROWS POINT (0-18): The Pointers haven't won since the 1987-88 season. Height will be a strength, with 6-4 C Rob Levine. Coach Russ Linger has been impressed by 6-3 freshman F Will Marshall.
* TOWSON (20-2): The Generals lost four of five starters. Leading the offense will be 6-1 G Chad Henry, 6-1 G Mark Bresee and 6-4 C Dennis Kirkner.