Players To Watch

Varsity Boys Basketball

December 04, 2008

Eric Atkins

Mount St. Joseph, guard

* Bringing poise, sound fundamentals and versatility to the floor, Atkins will be leaned on heavily as the Gaels try to overcome graduation hits and injury woes. The junior standout averaged 14 points and four assists last season.

Brendan Bald

Severna Park, guard

* Versatile and athletically gifted at 6 feet 4, Bald is likely to play all five positions this season after averaging 14 points, six rebounds and three assists last season. Set to play at Vermont next year, the senior sets the tone for the Falcons with his leadership and hard work.

Will Barton

Lake Clifton, guard-forward

* The 6-7 senior transfer from National Christian Academy in Prince George's County brings a complete game. Also transferring to the program is his brother, Antonio, a 6-2 senior guard.

Jonathan Graham

Calvert Hall, forward

* The 6-8 junior has a nice outside touch to go with his inside game, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds last season. He's just as valuable at the defensive end.

Adam Johnson

City, forward

* The Knights will lean heavily on last season's second-team All-Metro selection while teammate C.J. Fair is sidelined with a knee injury. The 6-6 senior, who averaged 16.5 points and 11 rebounds.

Isaiah Philmore

John Carroll, forward

* The first-team All-Metro selection led the Patriots to 20 wins in their first season in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, showing a knack for taking over games. Philmore, a 6-7 senior who averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds last season, recently committed to play at Towson University.

Matt Rum

Loyola, guard

* The 6-3 senior, a four-year starter who will play at William and Mary next year, has great floor presence and fine range. Last season, the Dons captain averaged 16points - connecting on 44 three-point tries - and six rebounds while adding 50 assists.

Devon Sadler

Aberdeen, guard

* In averaging 14 points and 6.5 assists last season, the Rams' senior standout showed the ability to take over games by creating his own shot and distributing effectively, getting the job done both from the outside and inside. Set to play at Delaware next year, Sadler will be used at the point.

Roscoe Smith

Walbrook, forward

* The first-team All-Metro pick brings a complete game, as evidenced by last season's numbers: 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks and seven assists. The junior, who finished with 12 double doubles and three triple doubles, handles the ball well, can be used in the paint and has three-point range.

Terrell Vinson

St. Frances, forward

* The 6-6 senior transfer from Montrose Christian provides the Panthers with a dominating presence inside and outside after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds. Vinson, rated 46th in the nation by ESPNU 100, has made an oral commitment to Loyola Marymount.

Other notables: Chris Baker, Hammond; Ryley Beaumont, Mount St. Joseph; David Birnie, North Carroll; Tanodrio Bogues, Centennial; Donovan Boyles, Woodlawn; Chris Brice, Annapolis; Michael Campanaro, River Hill; Tyler Cockey, Century; Matt Duerr, Century; C.J. Fair, City; Julius Fambro, Long Reach; Andrew Fitzgerald, Owings Mills; Nick Groce, St. Mary's; Gerald Hill, Mount St. Joseph; Lamont Huggins, Douglass; Chris Hutchinson, New Town; George Jackson, Digital Harbor; Justin Jackson, Digital Harbor; Durrand Johnson, Parkville; Kenny Krieger, North Carroll; Jordan Latham, City; Mario Lloyd, Long Reach; Jermaine Mackell, Lansdowne; Danny Martinez, Liberty; Cleveland Melvin, Lake Clifton; Danny Murphy, Glen Burnie; Auraum Nuiriankh, Arundel; Marvn Pinkney, Old Mill; Eric Savage, Old Mill; Jason Sharp, Lake Clifton; Wyatt Smith, John Carroll; Devin Spencer, Towson Catholic

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