Forget the latest fads in shoes, clothing and music -- there's another red-hot trend high school basketball players are jumping on: changing schools.
Player movement may have reached an all-time high this boys season. At least 14 local players transferred to other schools.
Some sought greater exposure. Others were motivated because of disciplinary or personal reasons, and some might have changed venues for academics.
Douglass and Towson Catholic lost three players apiece, but the former picked up three transfers.
In all, Douglass returns none of its starters from last season's Class 3A state championship team that finished 28-0. Player of the Year Tyler Smith and Darryl Edwards were lost to graduation.
Smith signed with DePaul University for next year and is playing at Philadelphia Lutheran Prep this season. Edwards is playing at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa.
All-Metro guard Gerald Brown and Dereck Brooks chose not to return for their senior years. Richard Dorsey, a 6-foot-8 All-Metro center, appeared to have a case for another year of eligibility, but he lost it after playing in an all-star game.
Brown is playing at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia after signing with Providence College. Brooks has returned to where he started, St. Frances.
After transferring from New Foundation, an alternative school with no basketball team, Dorsey attended Douglass for one season. He is playing at Mount Zion (N.C.) High and is being recruited by Cincinnati, Illinois and Florida State.
Rodney Coffield, the All-Metro Coach of the Year, found three transfers for this season in 6-7 Charles Brooks (from Patterson), 5-4 Jermaine Bolden (Northern) and 6-5 Darrell Clark (Southwestern).
Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel lost three key players in 6-10 Byron Joynes to Oak Hill, 6-8 Matt Stevenson to Loch Raven and 6-3 Keith Mallory to Woodlawn.
The Baltimore Catholic League added four former public school players. Cardinal Gibbons recruited two of them: Kenwood forward Leon Williams and guard Kerwin Porter, who started as a freshman at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel last season.
Rudy Gay, a 6-7 standout, jumped from Eastern Tech to top-ranked Archbishop Spalding at the start of the school year.
Overlea's top player, 6-4 junior Mo Martin, transferred to Calvert Hall a month ago.
Finally, Wilde Lake lost 6-7 junior Aris Williams to Georgetown Prep in Washington.