Players To Watch

Boys Basketball

November 30, 2005

Jamal Barney

Southwestern, guard

The high-flying, 6-foot-2 senior led the Sabers to the Class 4A North regional final last season by averaging 24.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists. An All-Metro pick last season who has signed with Providence, Barney is one of the most exciting players in the area.

Louis Birdsong

Mount St. Joseph, center-forward

An All-Metro pick as a junior last season, the George Mason-bound Birdsong is a force on the boards. Birdsong, 6-6, averaged 14 points, often scoring on thunderous dunks and put-backs, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks.

Kevin Coates

Annapolis, center-forward

Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year as a junior last season, the 6-5 Coates averaged 17 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Panthers. Coates can post up and score in- side or take it to the perimeter.

Malcolm Delaney

Towson Catholic, guard

Quick with marvelous moves and a soft, sure touch from the outside, the 6-3 Delaney was a second-team All-Metro pick last season as the sophomore floor general of the Owls. Delaney averaged 14 points per game.

Donte' Greene

Towson Catholic, forward

The 6-9 and 210-pound junior orally committed to Syracuse after gaining national attention at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis this summer. Greene, who has Carmelo Anthony-like moves and is very athletic, was a second-team All-Metro pick for the Owls last season.

Johnny Higgins

Randallstown, guard

Higgins, 6-1, was a standout as a sophomore for last year's 3A state champion. He earned second-team All-Metro honors after leading the Rams in scoring (15.5), assists (5.2) and steals (3.1), in addition to pulling in 5.4 rebounds.

Sean Mosley

St. Frances, swing guard

The first freshman to be named Most Valuable Player of the Baltimore Catholic League tournament, the 6-4 Mosley led the Panthers to the title. Exceptionally poised and versatile, Mosley averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists to earn All-Metro honors.

Juawan Rheubottom

Southwestern, forward

A relentless rebounder adept at put-backs, Rheubottom led the Sabers in rebounds with 17 per game while averaging 15.2 points and three blocks. The 6-4 senior was a second-team All-Metro forward last season.

Rodney Spruill

Walbrook, swing guard

Headed to Towson University, Spruill led the Warriors to the Class 4A state championship last year with a breakout junior season. The thick, 6-4 swing-guard has a strong left hand and was the Baltimore City Player of the Year after averaging 16.9 points, 12.1 rebounds and two blocks.

DaJuan Summers

McDonogh, forward

The reigning All-Metro Player of the Year has signed to play at Georgetown after a spectacular junior season and impressive performances at big-time showcases during the summer. Summers averaged 20.4 points and 11.6 rebounds last season and has risen to be ranked among the nation's top 20 seniors.

Other notables

Chase Adams, Mount St. Joseph; Rashawn Alexander, St. Frances; Daishawn Anderson, Annapolis; T. J. Conner, Winters Mill; Marc Davis, Walbrook; Wayne Dorsey, Southwestern; Braxton Dupree, Calvert Hall; Andrew Engel, Old Mill; Kim English, Towson Catholic; Bennett Foelber, Century; Dejuan Goodwin, Mount St. Joseph; Dino Gregory, Mount St. Joseph; Brett Harman, Westminster; Corin Henry, New Town; Brandon Herbert, McDonogh; Johann Jones, Meade; Brett Keller, Loyola; Lewis Lambert, Woodlawn; Chris Moore, Howard; Ron Nicholson, Towson Catholic; Jeff Pettiway, Joppatowne; Danny Quinn, Spalding; Leandre Richardson, Aberdeen; Henry Sims, Mount St. Joseph; Rodney Stokes, Old Mill; Marcus Taylor, Dunbar; Kevin Timmons, Owings Mills; Darryl Webb, Long Reach; Joe Yermal, McDonogh; Derek Young, Spalding.

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