* CALVERT HALL (17-12): Coach Joe Baker has two regulars from last season -- 6-5 senior F Roland Brown and 6-1 senior G Dave George. He also has three varsity players -- 5-10 senior G Paul Trintis, 6-2 senior F Jeff Derus and 5-10 sophomore G Greg Metrinko -- who played little last season.
* DUNBAR (22-4): The Poets are favored to win their third A Conference title in coach Pete Pompey's five seasons. Four starters from last season -- 6-3 senior G Terrance Alexander, 6-2 junior G Michael Lloyd, 6-6 junior C Donta Bright and 6-4 senior F Mike Washington -- will be joined by Bright's cousin, Keith Booth, who was instant offense off the bench last season. Bright, Booth, Lloyd and Alexander are considered top players in the country by Street & Smith's.
* MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (14-16): The Gaels have one of the area's best players, 6-1 senior G Darrin Jones (16 ppg, 5 rpg). The only other experienced player is 6-0 senior G Pat Young. St. Joe lacks height. Two key players could be 6-2 senior F Ronnie Issacs and 6-2 senior F Ryan Clark, who were on the varsity but played little.
* NORTHWESTERN (5-9): Coach Mel Washington has two outstanding starters, 6-4 senior F Adrian Price and 6-3 senior G Robert Nance. The Wildcats will be smaller and quicker than last season's team, which featured a 6-8, 6-7, 6-4 frontcourt. * TOWSON CATHOLIC (23-13): The Owls lost all but two regulars from the team that won the Catholic League regular-season title with one league loss and lost to St. Frances in the tournament final. The team will be built around 6-2 senior G Dana Marshall and 6-7 junior F Tony Bishop.
* WALBROOK (14-8): Look for Walbrook to offer Dunbar its toughest challenge in this division. Coach Gus Herrington is rebuilding around two talented starters, 6-7 senior C Stevie Thomas and 6-5 junior F Jermaine Porter. Thomas is one of the area's top five recruits, and Porter is a scorer inside and out. Junior G James Henderson and senior G William Tyler, both 5-9, started some games last year, and 6-2 junior G Rodney Beasley is a transfer who played some at Dunbar last season.
*CARDINAL GIBBONS (18-17): Gibbons is a favorite in the Catholic League, and don't count the Crusaders out in the A Conference. Four starters are back -- 6-2 junior F Chucky Lee, 5-10 junior G Quintin Moody, 5-11 senior G Casey Musick and 6-2 senior G Ross Peacock. There also are some key additions from last year's Catholic League junior varsity championship team. The Crusaders don't have much height, so coach Ray Mullis says they will be running and gunning.
* LAKE CLIFTON (12-7): There are no stars this year, and for the first time since Charlie Moore replaced Woody Williams in 1987, the Lakers are not considered a favorite in the conference. But Moore is known as a coach who gets the most out of underdog players and teams. Five-11 senior G Curtis Sheppard and 6-1 senior G Ronald Van Hook started last season. Watch for 6-4 junior Roger Battle, a transfer from Virginia who Moore says can play all five positions.
* LOYOLA (13-19): Five-10 senior G Mike Smith started last season, and 6-2 senior G/F Paul Howard was the sixth man. Six-7 senior G Brad Garey, 6-1 senior G Dan Donovan and 6-5 junior F Steve Kraning were on the varsity but did not get much playing time. Loyola is one of the dark horses in the Catholic League.
* POLY (11-9): Six-2 senior F Tony Jenkins (18.9 ppg), 5-11 senior G Antwain Smith and 6-4 senior C Ryan England started last season.
* SOUTHERN (21-3): Southern won the A Conference and finished No. 1 in the area last season to end Dunbar's and Lake Clifton's dominance. Starters 5-10 senior G David Cason and 6-7 senior F John Salley will be joined by last season's sixth man, 6-5 senior F Che Evans, and reserves 6-5 junior F Derrick Watkins and 6-7 junior G Kwame Evans. Smith says two freshmen, 6-0 G Damon Cason and 6-4 G Kevin Simpson (6-4, G), play like veterans.
* SOUTHWESTERN (9-11): Three players transferred, leaving 6-0 senior G Diarra Davis as the only returning starter for coach James Pearson.