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December 05, 2003

BOYS

Jermaine Bolden

Douglass, guard

A flashy, 5-foot-7 guard who was All-Metro last season as a junior, Bolden averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds for the 21-3 Ducks. Transferring from Northern-B last year, Bolden strengthened the backcourt of the Baltimore City power.

Paris Carter

Lake Clifton, forward/guard

A 6-4 senior swingman, Carter was All-City/County and second team All-Metro last season in leading the Lakers to the Class 4A state semifinals and the Baltimore City championship. Carter averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals as a junior.

Velmar Coleman

Walbrook, guard/forward

Considered by many to be the top junior in the city, the 6-4 swingman is expected to be the catalyst of the experienced and talented Warriors. Coleman, who scored 17.3 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three assists a game as a sophomore, has the potential to lead a banner season.

Justin Drummond

McDonogh, guard/forward

Headed to Wagner College in Staten Island (N.Y.), this smooth and athletic senior swingman heads up a talented nucleus that should put the Eagles among the area's top teams. Last season, the 6-4 Drummond averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and four assists.

Rudy Gay

Archbishop Spalding, forward

Gay's dramatic rise from top 100 player to the top 10 and the national stage at the Nike summer camp in Indiana is remarkable. The 6-8, 215-pound Gay signed with Connecticut, thanks to his spectacular summer showing following an average junior season. Gay averaged 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

Mitch Guest

Glen Burnie, guard

The catalyst of the Gophers' stunning run to the Class 4A state semifinals, Guest averaged 22.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and had 60 steals in 25 games. Deadly from the perimeter, Guest also has the ability to drive the lane despite being just 5-9.

Darnell Harris

St. Frances, guard

Named to the Baltimore Catholic League all-tournament team and second team for the regular season, the 6-1 Harris leads a talented and quick, senior nucleus. Harris averaged 20.1 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Panthers, who will challenge for the BCL title.

Jamal Smith

Towson Catholic, forward

Smith hopes to lead the Owls back to winning ways after two straight losing seasons following the exit of 2001 Player of the Year Carmelo Anthony. The 6-5 senior forward, who has signed with Wagner College, averaged 17.9 points last season.

Will Thomas

Mt. St. Joseph, center/forward

Last year's Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year, the 6-8 player would like to lead the Gaels to a repeat BCL title. Thomas, who has signed with up-and-coming George Mason, averaged 16.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in leading the Gaels to their first BCL title in 32 years.

Leon Williams

Cardinal Gibbons, forward

The 6-foot-8 Williams is the main man on what should be the best Crusaders team in years. A senior power forward and Ohio University signee, Williams gained a lot of attention at a national tournament last summer after averaging 14 points and 12 boards as a junior.

Other notable players

Brandon Albert, Glen Burnie; Anthony Baglin, Douglass; Jon Brick, McDonogh; Jesse Brooks, Spalding; Gordon Brown, St. Frances; Ryan Carr, Westminster; Gordon Chase, St. Frances; Brandon Costley, Westminster; Corey Davis, McDonogh; Elliott DeVoe, Annapolis; Brett Foelber, Gibbons; Chris Follard, Century; Chester Frazier, Lake Clifton; Lance Fuller, Woodlawn; Jerrell Green, Southern-Balto.; Ken Hasbrouck, Gibbons; Erin Henderson, Aberdeen; Darren Hopkins, Towson Catholic; Richie Jackson, River Hill; Barry Jenifer, Dunbar; Brian Johnson, Mount St. Joseph; T.J. Jordan, Bel Air; Antwon Lawrence, Mervo; Carroll Mitchell, Towson Catholic; Deon Peters, Severn; Kerwin Porter, Chesapeake-AA; Tavon Randall, Annapolis; Mike Smelkinson, Long Reach; Jonas Vaitkus, Atholton; Domonic Venable, Randallstown; Phil Vornadore, Fallston.

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