Baltimore City capsules BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 04, 1992|By Derek Toney

Archbishop Curley Friars

8, 1991-92 record: 8-23. Coach: Dan Popera.

Top players: Dwight Byrd, 6-2, So., F; Mark McNicholas, 6-2, Jr., F/C; Byron Wise, 5-9, Sr., PG; John Salter, 5-9, Jr., G.

Outlook: Four players return from last year's team, but Popera will have a lot of kids who have never play organized basketball. Another problem will be a lack of height. The Friars will be depending on consistent perimeter shooting to compensate for the lack of size.

Boys' Latin Lakers

;/ 1991-92 record: 16-10. Coach: Hugh Gelston.

Top players: Tommy Saunders, 5-10, Sr., G; Phil Booker, 6-3, Sr., F; Andy Sharretts, 6-2, Sr., G; Martin Chivers, 6-6, Sr., G; John Brode, 6-4, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Lakers return seven players, including three starters. Gelston has an experienced squad and can go nine to 10 players deep, but overall height will be a problem. They will run and press constantly. Chivers, an exchange student from England, is a good shooter and should add to the solid nucleus of Saunders, Booker and Sharretts.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

9- 1991-92 record: 25-12. Coach: Ray Mullis.

Top players: Steve Wojciechowski, 5-11, Jr., G; Richard Dent, 6-7, Jr., C; Troy Queen, 6-2, Sr., G; Jerard Rucker, 6-3, Jr., F.; Kevin Dukes, 5-9, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Crusaders return eight players from last year's regular-season Catholic League champions. Wojciechowski is one of the area's top underclassmen. Rucker, Dukes and Queen each saw quality playing time last season and will start. If the Crusaders can avoid injuries and stay out of foul troubles, they will challenge for first in the Catholic League in years.

Carver Bears

;/ 1991-92 record: 16-4. Coach: Durce Jackson.

Top players: Shannon Fair, 5-10, Sr., G; John Chester, 5-7, Sr., G; Tyron Johnson, 5-11, Sr., F; David Berkeley, 6-4, Sr., C; Jason Johnson, 6-4, Soph., F.

Outlook: After three consecutive appearances in the B Conference title game, the Bears will be rebuilding this season. Chester and Fair are the only returning players who saw considerable playing time last season. Jackson will stress defense.

City Black Knights

8, 1991-92 record: 14-6. Coach: Wayne Cook.

Top players: Terrence Suber, 5-11, Sr., G; Aktim Gray, 5-11, Sr., G; Andrew Wright, 6-4, Jr., F/C.

Outlook: Eight players return for the Black Knights, who reached the MSA B Conference semifinals last season. Suber, who led the football team to the area's No. 1 ranking in the fall as quarterback, and Gray will be expected to lead a young squad. Cook plans go 10 to 11 players deep, using pressure defense and looking to run.

Douglass Ducks

6* 1991-92 record: 5-9. Coach: John Nash.

Top players: Robert Smith, 5-3, Soph., G; Tony Murphy, 5-4, Sr., G; Rodney Gunter, 5-8, Sr., G; Milton Mack, 6-2, Sr., F.

Outlook: With not much size, Nash hopes to be able to run. The outside shooting of Smith and Murphy is good, but it won't be enough for Douglass in a division that includes Walbrook and Southwestern, which they have to play twice. Nash is ex

pecting a long season.

Dunbar Poets

9- 1991-92 record: 29-0. Coach: Pete Pompey.

Top players: Keith Booth, 6-7, Sr., F; Norman Nolan, 6-7, Jr., F; Alexander Mobley, 6-8, Jr., F/C; Cornell Ward, 6-7, Jr., F

Outlook: The defending national champions lost four starters from last year's squad, including All-Americans Donta Bright and Michael Lloyd, but the Poets are still the team to beat. Booth is a Super 25 pick by USA Today after averaging 19.8 points last season. Nolan, a transfer from Milford Mill, Mobley and Ward give the Poets a solid front line. The question will be at guard. Still, Dunbar is a heavy favorite to win the state Class 1A title in its first season in the MPSSAA.

Edmondson Redskins

9- 1991-92 record: 15-4. Coach: James James.

Top players: Randolph Edison, 5-8, Sr., G; Damien Ross, 5-11, Sr., F; Kevin Huntley, 6-4, Sr., F; Antonio Sullivan, 6-0, Jr., G.; Maurice Blanding, 6-4, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Redskins, B Conference champions last season, are a definite contender. They boast two of the city's top players in Blanding and Edison, return 10 players and could be a surprise team to watch for in the state playoffs. Edison, an All-Conference selection last season, averaged 16.1 points and

6.6 assists.

Forest Park Foresters

0 1991-92 record: 6-15. Coach: Carnell Reavis.

Top players: Harvey Chambers, 6-4, Sr., F; Anthony Wells, 5-11, Sr., G; Joe Smith, 5-9, Sr., G; Kiam Preston, 5-9, Jr., PG; Ivan Forney, 6-3, Jr., F

Outlook: With four regulars returning, Reavis sees vast improvement from last season. Smith, a transfer from Dulaney, will be the point guard and add experience. The Foresters will use speed and quickness to create offensive and defensive chances.

Friends Quakers

:. 1991-92 record: 8-12. Coach: Randy Cooper.

Top players: Sean Armstrong, 5-9, Jr., G; Spencer Deering, 6-1, Sr., C/F; John Miles, 6-4, Sr., F; Hiram Holton, 5-7, Soph., G; Brian Hamilton, 6-1, Jr., F

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