Season previews - City boys basketball

December 01, 1996|By Derek Toney

Archbishop Curley Friars

1995-96 record: 14-13

Coach: Dan Popera

Top players: Brian Hubbard, 6-2, Jr., F-C; Mike Palmere, 6-4, Sr., F; Jamie Cruz, 5-10, Sr., G; Nick Murphy, 5-11, Jr., G; Brian Montoya, 5-6, Jr., G

Outlook: Two seasons removed from a two-win campaign, Curley claimed the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference championship in 1995-96. Palmere and Hubbard are solid inside performers, but there's not much height after them. The team has a little more depth than last season, and Popera is hoping for continuing defensive improvement. Moving to the B Conference, Curley will be playing a tougher schedule, but Popera expects to be competitive.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1995-96 record: 22-12

Coach: Bryan Moorhouse

Top players: Brandon Jones, 6-1, Jr., G; Billy Brauns, 6-7, Sr., C; Gil Goodrich, 5-6, Fresh., G; Jared Silberzahn, 5-7, Jr., G; Brandon Rhinehart, 6-3, Jr., F

Outlook: The Crusaders graduated all five of last season's starters. Moorhouse expects his underclassmen to see extensive playing time, including Goodrich, who will be the first freshman to start on the varsity. Gibbons will have more size than last season and better outside shooting, but will be inexperienced.

Carver Bears

1995-96 record: 4-18

Coach: Durce Jackson

Top players: Miguel Wilson, 5-10, Soph., G; Cliff Sawyer, 6-2, Sr., F; Alan Jackson, 5-9, Jr., G; Tim Payne, 6-3, Fresh., F; Charles York, 6-6, Jr., C; Donald Chambers, 6-1, Sr., F

Outlook: Despite winning four regular-season games, Carver made it to the Class 3A region finals last year before losing to Dunbar, but the haul will be tougher this season. Wilson, who provided a big lift after coming up from the JV late last season, will assumed a much bigger duty. Jackson likes his team's work ethic, but team members are inexperienced. Carver may show improvement as the season progresses, but will be hard-pressed to avoid the bottom of the City West.

City Knights

1995-96 record: 10-12

Coach: Darryl Wade

Top players: Omar Smith, 5-9, Sr., G; Warren Smith, 6-3, Jr., F; Dante Everett, 6-3, Sr., F; Eric DeLoatch, 6-2, Sr., G; Derrick Goode, 7-0, Soph., C.

Outlook: With the addition of transfers in Omar and Warren Smith (Patterson) and Goode (Episcopal of Virginia), City should be improved. Wade thinks his team will be multi-dimensional and stronger in the paint. The big question is whether the transfers and lettermen can form a cohesive unit. If that happens, City could challenge Lake Clifton in the City East.

Douglass Ducks

1995-96 record: 12-9

Coach: Rodney Cofield

Top players: Charles Harris, 6-1, Jr., G; Dominique Little, 6-0, Jr., G; Lee Reliford, 6-4, Sr., F; John Robinson, 6-0, Sr., G; Michael Kelly, 6-4, Sr., F; Joe Ison, 6-4, So., F

Outlook: Cofield, who was the JV coach last season, becomes the third coach in as many seasons for Douglass, replacing Lynn Badham, now at Dunbar. The Ducks have a solid, experienced core of players, including third-year performers Reliford and Robinson. Cofield, a former Dunbar player, said Douglass is as quick as any team in the city, but lacks size. The Ducks will be competitive and could be a factor in a balanced City West Division.

Dunbar Poets

1995-96 record: 21-6

Coach: Lynn Badham

Top players: Chris Dean, 6-4, Sr., C; Timmy Lyles, 5-10, Soph., PG; Vander Bannister, 6-3, Sr., F; Durrell Garrett, 5-7, Sr., G

Outlook: Badham, an assistant to Bob Wade during Dunbar's two national championship campaigns in the 1980s, returns after 10 years. The Poets return four regulars from last season, including Dean, a second-team All-Metro pick, and Lyles, an honorable mention All-City/County player as a freshman. The Poets lack size and experience, but will be quick and aggressive. Badham is cautious about how the Poets will perform, but Dunbar will be in the thick of the City East Division race and a fifth straight state title.

Edmondson Redskins

1995-96 record: 10-11

Coach: James James

Top players: Virgil Singleton, 6-1, Sr., G; Gary Snead, 6-0, Sr., G; Derrick House, 6-4, Sr., C; Davon Rice, 6-0, Sr., G

Outlook: The Redskins have only one returning starter in Singleton, a honorable mention All-City/County performer last winter. James plans to have five freshman, meaning little experience on the team and a slow process. But James likes his team's work ethnic and aggressiveness. To be competitive, the Redskins' underclassmen must mature quickly.

Forest Park Foresters

1995-96 record: 6-17

Coach: Ronald Covington

Top players: Phillip Green, 5-10, Sr., G; Justin Epps, 5-10, Soph., G; Shawn Waller, 5-10, Jr., G; Damon Davis, 6-3, Jr., F; Eugene Redfern, 6-1, Jr., F

Outlook: Covington, the JV coach last season, replaces Carnell Reavis. Green is the lone returning starter, with nine players who played JV last season moving up. The Foresters will be quick, especially in the backcourt with Green, Epps and Waller, but lack size in the paint. Covington says he's attempting to re-establish the program and thinks Forest Park could make a respectable run in the Class 2A playoffs.

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