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* Rich Abrams, Arundel, 6-5, Sr., F -- Abrams is a formidable rebounder who was an All-County second-team selection last year, when he averaged 17.0 rebounds and 15.8 points. Few players have a more imposing presence inside than Abrams.

* Derek Barrett, Meade, 5-10. Sr., G -- Barrett, a dangerous outside shooter, should be the key man in any success the young and small Mustangs might have this year. He can play either guard position.

* Larry Brown, Annapolis, 6-3, Jr., F -- Brown is a good leaper whose scoring touch should be much improved after getting a lot of playing time as a sophomore.

* Teon Carter, North County, 6-1, Jr., G -- Carter averaged 16.5 points last year, and the Knights again will depend heavily on his outside shooting. He has the potential to be one of the most explosive scorers in the county.

* Teshawn Cooper, Annapolis, 5-8, Soph., G -- Coach John Brady expects Cooper, an extremely quick point guard, to develop into one of the county's top backcourt players.

* Jamal Forbes, Glen Burnie, 6-6, Sr., F-C -- Forbes should become one of the top inside men this season. Often overshadowed by teammate Verson Osborne, he's a key reason Glen Burnie is projected as one of the best teams in the county.

* Brad Fowler, Severn, 6-2, Sr. F -- Behind Fowler's 15.0 points a game last season, the Admirals made it to the finals of the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference, where they were stopped by St. Paul's. A strong rebounder and a solid shooter from the foul line and the field, Fowler could emerge as one of the league's leading scorers.

* Jeff Hedrick, Arundel, 6-0, Jr., G -- Hedrick is an outstanding athlete who will direct the Wildcats' offense. He also contributes stellar defense.

* Ron Green, Severna Park, 6-1, Jr., C -- Green, strong and quick, takes up a lot of space inside with his 240-pound frame, and coach Wayne Mook says, "We look for him to be an All-County player for us this year." Green averaged 8.0 points and 11.0 rebounds last season.

* Troy Green, Old Mill, 6-3, Sr., F -- With the bulk of Old Mill's offense of last year graduated, Green will be expected to assume much of the load. He averaged around five points last year in limited time. With more of the offense geared toward him, he could emerge as one of the most improved players in the county.

* B. J. Gross, Annapolis, 6-6, Sr., C -- Gross is a strong rebounder who developed into one of the top inside men in the county last year, averaging almost 10 rebounds.

* Darren Hall, South River, 6-7, Sr., C -- After averaging 20.0 points as a sophomore, Hall tallied 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists last season in the shadow of All-County performers Edmund Hicks and Al Lee. Hall's size and shooting touch make him a threat inside and on the perimeter.

* Chatney Howard, Southern, 6-2, Jr., G-F -- Howard can hurt an opposing team in many ways. Last season, the 6-2 swingman averaged 18.7 points and was the only non-senior named All-County first team. His strong rebounding and defensive exploits helped the Bulldogs to a 14-10 record and a berth in the Class 2A, Region III semifinals.

* Charlie McLoud, St. Mary's, 6-0, Sr., G -- If the Saints are to have any success McLoud will have to put up similar numbers to last season, when he averaged 16.0 points.

* Vernon Osborne, Glen Burnie, 6-2, Sr., F -- A second-team All-County selection last year, when he averaged 17.5 points, Osborne again is expected to lead the Gophers. He's one of the best players in the county.

* Jason Smith, Broadneck, 6-1, Soph., G -- Smith, a point guard, averaged 9.5 points last year as the first freshman starter in Broadneck history. He's a superb athlete.

* Steve Smith, Old Mill, 5-9, Sr., G -- Smith averaged around four points last year, but that total should rise with eight players lost to graduation. His most valuable asset last year was his ball-handling and tenacious defense.

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