Boys All-Metro team
RODNEY BLACK, Carver, Sr.
This powerful 6-foot-5 center did not play as a sophomore because of high blood pressure. However, in the past two years, he has established himself as one of the area's premier centers while Carver was ranked among the area's top 20 teams, winning the MSA B Conference title in 1991 and losing to Edmondson in the title game this season. Black averaged 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds this season, pairing with forward Michael Richardson (22.5 points) as one of the best 1-2 inside combinations in the area. Northeastern has been in hot pursuit of Black.
KEITH BOOTH, Dunbar, Jr.
Booth, 6-7, may be the best junior in the nation. Duke and Maryland have made him their No. 1 recruiting priority. This season he helped the Poets go 29-0 and hold the nation and the area's No. 1 ranking from start to finish. Booth accepted the less-glamorous role of power forward for the Poets, but still managed to show his outstanding ball-handling, scoring and defensive skills. He led the Poets in rebounding (11.8) and was second on the team in scoring (19.5). He is an extremely versatile player who has the ability to play all five positions.
DAMON CASON, Southern-B, So.
Not fast, not quick and not a great leaper but a tremendous player with lots of court sense. Cason, 6-0, established himself as one of the area's premier point guards with his pinpoint passing, outstanding ball-handling and accurate long-range shooting. He averaged 16.5 points and an area best 10.3 assists this season while supplanting his brother David (College of Southern Idaho) as the Bulldogs' floor leader in only his first season as a starter for one of the nation's best teams.
KWAME EVANS, Southern-B, Sr.
Probably the area's top shooting guard prospect. Evans has been chosen to play for the Capital team in the Capital Classic on April 9 at Maryland's Cole Field House, becoming the first Southern player to earn that honor. Evans, 6-6, blossomed into a leader this year for the Bulldogs, who spent the season ranked No. 2 in the area behind Dunbar. Evans ranked among the area's top 20 in scoring (20.9). Evans, who has scored the required 700 on his SAT, will visit Temple, Miami (Fla.), George Washington, Penn State and Providence.
BERNARD HOPKINS, Overlea, Sr.
When the season started, Hopkins, a football All-Metro first-team member at tight end, was leaning toward playing football in college, but he made such great strides as a basketball player the offers have been pouring in. Duquesne, George Washington and Northeastern are the front-runners for this powerful 6-6 center, who averaged 29.7 points (second in the area) and 16.1 rebounds (first in the area) in leading Overlea (23-1) to the state Class 3A title game, where the Falcons lost to Forestville.
CYRUS JONES, Dunbar, Sr.
Dunbar's big three often overshadowed Jones, but the quiet 6-2 shooting guard was the unsung hero for the Poets all season. When the others faltered, Jones was there to bail them out as they maintained their No. 1 ranking in the country and the area. Jones, an outstanding three-point shooter, averaged 14.3 points. Jones comes from the same mold as Reggie Lewis and Kevin Green, two former Poets who were overlooked in high school, but went on to stardom. Clemson, Towson State, Loyola, Duquesne and Delaware are recruiting him.
MICHAEL LLOYD, Dunbar, Sr.
Lloyd, 6-2, is an outstanding athlete who overcame physical and mental scars from a car accident last spring that killed his best friend and former teammate Rodney Beasley. Lloyd dedicated this season to Beasley. Lloyd led the Poets in scoring (21.9) and assists (6.3). He was selected as a McDonald's All-American along with teammate Donta Bright and will play in the McDonald's All-American game April 19 in Atlanta and in the Capital Classic April 9. A tremendous leaper with great dunking ability, Lloyd is considering offers from Clemson, Minnesota and Arkansas, but has yet to get the necessary 700 on the SAT.
NORMAN NOLAN, Milford Mill, So.
Nolan, 6-7, led Milford Mill to the state Class 1A basketball title with two overpowering performances in the semifinal and championship games at Maryland's Cole Field House despite an injured left wrist. In those two games, Nolan totaled 54 points, 25 rebounds and eight blocks. This season, he averaged 21.7 points, 15.4 rebounds and 3.9 blocks in 26 games. He is one block shy of the school record held by Breck Robinson (UMBC), 15 rebounds shy of the school record held by Chuckie Moore (Northeastern) and 530 points shy of the school scoring record held by Craig Amos (St. Joseph's).
JERMAINE PORTER, Walbrook, Sr.