Players To Watch

December 07, 1993|By Jamison Hensley, Jeff Seidel, John W. Stewart and Derek Toney

* Kenny Bostic, Milford Mill, 5-11, Sr., PG -- Steady and consistent, Bostic is one of the Baltimore County's top floor leaders. A first-team All-County pick, he averaged 14.0 points and 6.1 assists last season.

* Travon Broadway, Walbrook, 6-2, Jr., SF -- Listed as one of the country's top underclassmen by Street & Smith's, Broadway averaged 14.2 points last season. Versatile, he can play at both guard positions and small forward.

* Ronald Byrd, Lake Clifton, 6-3, Jr., F -- Another member of Lake Clifton's offensive arsenal, Byrd averaged 11.8 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. He can hit the outside jumper with consistency and is quick to the basket.

* Damon Cason, Southern, 6-1, Sr., PG -- Cason has been a two-time first-team All-Metro selection. Last season, he averaged points and 9.7 assists. Cason's outstanding ballhandling skills and great court vision make up for a lack of quickness.

* Michael Cooper, Dunbar, 6-3, Sr., SF -- Slim, but active on the boards, Cooper averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds last season for the area's No. 1 team. He will be a major part of one of the country's best front lines.

* Carnell Damon, Sparrows Point, 5-10, Jr., PG -- Quick and agile, Damon was a second-team All-County pick last season, averaging 16.9 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds.

* Richard Dent, Mount St. Joseph, 6-7, Sr., C -- Dent transferred from Gibbons, where he averaged 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds last season. His presence gives the Gaels a formidable front line.

* Donte Dudley, Woodlawn, 6-2, Sr., G -- Dudley was a first-team All-Metro pick and Baltimore County's Player of the Year last season after averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 rebounds. However, he will be out at least three weeks with a knee injury.

* Kevin Dukes, Gibbons, 5-9, Sr., G -- Strong in transition, Dukes averaged 12.5 points and 2.0 assists. With Steve Wojciechowski, gives Gibbons the Catholic League's best backcourt.

* Shawnte Dukes, Overlea, 5-8, Sr., G -- Speedy and slick, Dukes averaged 11.6 points and 6.6 assists last season. His passing skills makes him effective on the break and quick hands make him a good defender.

* Haywood Eaddy, Southwestern, 5-7, Sr. PG -- His quickness and shooting ability make him arguably the most complete point guard in the city. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points and 6.6 assists and was a second-team All-City pick.

* Hosea Edwards, Aberdeen, 6-2, Sr., G/F -- The lone returning starter from last year's county and regional runner-up. A year ago, he had shooting percentages of 47 (2-pointers) from the field and 78 (31 of 40) from the foul line.

* Rodney Elliott, Dunbar, 6-7, Sr., PF -- A member of the Poets' talented front line, Elliott came on strong late last season in their run to the state 1A title. Strong inside despite a wirey build, he averaged 9.7 points and 10.6 rebounds.

* Dane Elterman, Loch Raven, 6-3, Sr., F -- A fourth-year varsity player, Elterman averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. His good three-point shooting complements his ability to power to the basket.

* Donta Evans, McDonogh, 5-8, Sr., PG -- Quick and effective against any defense, Evans is arguably the best point guard in Baltimore County. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.6 steals, earning first-team All-County honors.

* Jimmy Fields, Gilman, 5-9, Sr., PG -- An outstanding ballhandler, Fields was a second-team All-City selection, averaging 18.3 points and 3.2 assists. His ability to penetrate and score from the perimeter makes one of the area's top point guards.

* Reggie Frazier, Lake Clifton, 6-4, Jr., F -- In his sophomore year, Frazier was a first-team All-City selection last season after averaging 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

* Chris Gephardt, Joppatowne, 6-7, Sr. C -- He averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior, and more of the same is expected this time.

* Blanchard Hurd, Milford Mill, 6-8, Jr., C -- The top center in Baltimore County, Hurd was a second team All-County pick last season after averaging 15.7 points and 13.7 rebounds.

* Colin Jones, Patterson, 6-0, Jr., G -- A leaper who plays above the rim, Jones may be the city's best unknown player. Last season, he averaged 22.4 points and 4.7 rebounds.

* Mark Kracher, St. Frances, 6-4, Fresh., F -- His impressive play during the summer at the Craig Cromwell League was one of the reasons the Panthers won the title.

* Alfred McAllister, Edgewood, 6-3, Sr. G -- The lone holdover from the 1993 All-County first team, he brings a year of experience along with some solid averages: 14.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.5 apg and 3.0 steals.

* Alexander Mobley, Dunbar, 6-8, Sr., F -- Mobley averaged 11.3 points last season for the Poets. His ability to shoot from outside gives another dimension to Dunbar's front line.

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