Boys basketball: Players to watch

December 03, 2009|By Glenn Graham

Eric Atkins
Mount St. Joseph, guard, senior

The point guard, a four-year starter, brings poise and energy at both ends of the court as the Gaels' floor general. He averaged 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in earning Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year honors as a junior. Atkins has signed with Notre Dame.

Brandon Belt
Arundel, guard, senior

Precise from the perimeter and explosive to the basket, the point guard averaged an Anne Arundel County-high 20 points for Southern last season. With a stronger supporting cast at Arundel, his talents could put the Wildcats over the top this season.

Dylon Cormier
Cardinal Gibbons, guard, senior

He can score from outside, by driving to the basket or getting to the foul line. Cormier - who has signed with Loyola College - has already picked up where he left off last season with a 46-point performance in a season-opening win against Severn last week.

Derrell Edwards
Dunbar, guard, senior

Edwards, 6 feet 2, can score from anywhere. He averaged 19 points as a junior, and he also possesses other key intangibles. Edwards, who has signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, defends well, sees the entire floor and can provide help on the boards (five rebounds per game).

Jonathan Graham
Calvert Hall, forward, senior

The 6-foot-8 Graham became a dominant player down low for the Cardinals last season, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds to earn first-team All-Metro honors. The four-year starter will create constant matchup problems in the post with his aggressive play.

Dante Holmes
St. Frances, forward, senior

The 6-foot-3 swingman brings athleticism, intensity and leadership to the floor. He averaged 15 points and six rebounds for the Panthers last season. Holmes thrives when the game is on the line, and he can do a number of things to contribute to a win.

Justin Kuntz
Glen Burnie, forward, senior

The 6-foot-7 power forward does it all at both ends for the Gophers, having averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks last season. He saved his best for when it counted most, averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds in three playoff games.

Jordan Latham
City, center, senior

Latham, 6 feet 8, who averaged 11 points and eight rebounds last season, becomes the focal point for the 2A state champion Knights. With good length and athleticism, the Xavier-bound Latham can score with his back to the basket or take defenders off the dribble.

Matt Robinson
Atholton, forward, senior

Strong and athletic with a fine court sense, Robinson, 6 feet 4, consistently puts up solid numbers and also does all the little things that win games. Last season, he averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists to lead the Raiders to the state tournament. Robinson has committed to play football at Maryland.

Davon Usher
Digital Harbor, forward, senior

The 6-foot-5 small forward, who signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, has polished offensive skills. He has the ability to handle the ball and create his own shot or set up teammates. After averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists last season, he'll be relied on even more in his senior year.

Other notables:

Ryley Beaumont, Mount St. Joseph

David Blackwell, Winters Mill

Josh Bordner, Century

Trae Byes, Broadneck

Conner Cortes, Atholton

Chris Day, Old Mill

Keron Deshields, St. Vincent Pallotti

Lakeem Duncan, Parkville

Nick Faust, City

Anthony Goode, Milford Mill

Jimmy Hamilton, Milford Mill

R.J. Harris, Arundel

Vander Haskins, Douglass

Mike Holley, Old Mill

Delmore Howard, Annapolis

Donya Jackson, Calvert Hall

Justin Jackson, Digital Harbor

Irving Jeffres, Francis Scott Key

Durand Johnson, Lake Clifton

Stanton Kidd, Edmondson

Damion Lee, Calvert Hall

Greg Lewis, St. Frances

Malcolm McMillan, John Carroll

Mark McNeill, St. Mary's

Ryan McTavish, South Carroll

Isaiah Miles, Glenelg Country School

Matt Miller, Mount St. Joseph

Trey Parsons, Liberty

Warren Powers, Glenelg Country School

Varun Ram, River Hill

Eric Savage, Old Mill

Wayne Sparrow, St. Frances

Lazarus Turner, Aberdeen

Denzell Walker, Parkville

Karee Watson, Lake Clifton

R.J. Williams, St. Frances

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