* CARVER (16-2): What does coach Durce Jackson do for an encore? In 1987, '88 and '89, his junior varsity teams won championships, and, in his first year as varsity coach, last season, Carver won the B Conference title. It will be tough for Jackson to keep that title streak alive. Only 5-10 senior G Steven Hicks returns from the starting unit. Six-4 junior F Mike Richardson has moved up from last year's junior varsity, which made the conference playoffs.
* CITY (4-17): Wayne Cook came to City last year as an assistant, but a few days before the season started he was named head coach of the varsity after Warren Schwartz resigned. Seven players move up from a cohesive junior varsity team, and four varsity players are back. The Knights, who are small, will run a lot.
* DOUGLASS (4-11): The Ducks have just two regulars from last season, 6-5 senior F Patrick Autry and 6-7 junior C Albert Battle, giving coach John Nash one of the bigger teams he has had in 25 years at Douglass.
* EDMONDSON (11-7): Edmondson was a surprise conference quarterfinalist last season, but this season the Redskins are being touted as one of the conference's and possibly one of the area's best teams. Four starters are back -- 6-1 senior G Antoine Conley, 6-4 senior F Marquise Colleton, 5-11 senior G Corey Daniels and 6-6 senior C Parris Dukes. "We've got four guards and some forwards that run the floor," said coach James James. "We are going to try and do a whole lot of running and shooting."
* GILMAN (26-8): Gilman, the conference runner-up last season, has 11 seniors but only two with experience. Six-2 senior F Jamal Cox and 5-7 senior G Edward Trusty led the football team to a co-championship with Poly, and they are hoping for another title this winter.
* McDONOGH (8-13): Albert Swartz has replaced longtime coach Paul Smith. Swartz coached at Friends Academy on Long Island for 12 years, compiling a 172-70 record and winning two championships. Five-11 junior G Ayinde Stewart and 6-3 senior F Geoff Street started last season, and 6-1 senior F Bill Flaherty played regularly.
* FOREST PARK (9-9): Forest Park has its fifth coach in as many years, Carrell Reavis, who was junior varsity coach for two seasons. Three starters are back, 5-11 senior G Eric Bazemore (27 ppg), the area's leading scorer; 6-0 senior F Kelly Press; and 6-0 junior F Corey Everson.
* JOHN CARROLL (8-18): The Patriots, who made the playoffs for the fourth straight season, lost four starters.Six-3 F Zach Thornton (7 ppg, 7 rpg) started last season. Also back are 5-11 senior G John Pelligrini, 6-0 senior F Brian McAveney and 5-10 senior G Stash Rote.
* MERVO (15-3): When practice started last month, athletic director Woody Williams, who previously coached at Lake Clifton, was the coach. But after former coach John Blake filed a grievance with the Baltimore Teachers Union, he was reinstated as coach Monday. Six-4 senior F George Raikes started last season. Moving up from a 17-3 junior varsity are 6-0 sophomore G Warren Wright, 6-3 junior C Larry Ellison and 6-2 junior G Jason Holley. .
* NORTHERN (4-14): Coach Manny Werner says the Vikings, who have no starters back, are rebuilding. "Rebounding will be a problem," he said. "We have no height, and our scoring will come from our smaller players." Six-3 senior C Eddison Harper and 5-10 senior G Antoine Snyder are expected to be the leaders.
* PATTERSON (3-12): Coach Larry Alexander says things look a lot better at Patterson, where there are enough players to have a junior varsity this season. He will build around three returning starters, 6-0 senior G Corey Frisby, 6-1 senior G Dana McCollough and 6-5 junior C Frank Hardin.
* ST. MARY'S (13-12): Six-1 senior G Rob Chomo (11.7 ppg) started last season, and top production is expected from seniors 6-3 F Greg Geiger, 6-3 F Mike Murray and 6-1 G Brian Springer. A tough out-of-conference schedule includes 4A powers Annapolis and Broadneck and Georgetown Prep. The size is decent, and the Saints have some depth.