Boys basketball: Players to watch

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Aquille Carr

Patterson, guard, sophomore

It can be argued that the dynamic 5-foot-7 point guard had the finest freshman season ever in Baltimore, averaging 25.5 points, eight assists and 5.3 steals to earn All-Metro honors. Carr packs the gym every time he steps onto the court with the dazzling playmaking skills that make him the most exciting player in the area.

Greg Lewis

St. Frances, center, senior

The Panthers are banking on big things from the 6-8 Lewis, a four-year varsity player who can dominate inside as a scorer, rebounder and passer. Set to play at Rutgers, Lewis must emerge as St.Frances' go-to player this season after he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds on last year's senior-laden team.

Isaiah McCray

Milford Mill, guard, senior

Whatever the Millers need to be successful at a particular time, the versatile 6-1 McCray can provide it with a multidimensional game that produces wins. A team captain who is set to play at Colgate, McCray averaged 14points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals for last season's Class 3A champs.

Malcolm McMillan

John Carroll, guard, senior

The 6-foot point guard can be a one-man fast break with his highlight dunks. But the team captain also brings leadership and a fine all-around game that help put the Patriots in contention for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown. Set to play at Central Connecticut State, McMillan averaged 17 points, 3.5 rebounds and two assists as a junior.

Ryan McTavish

South Carroll, guard-/forward, senior

The 6-4 swingman brings versatile skills and leadership, doing the big and little things that add up to success. Set to play at Division I Presbyterian in South Carolina, he averaged 19.8 points and 9.3rebounds last season.

Isaiah Miles

Glenelg Country School, forward, junior

The 6-8 forward averaged a double double last season (16 points, 12rebounds) and has added to his game with improved perimeter shooting. Aggressive with outstanding instincts, Miles also makes a huge impact at the defensive end, having averaged three blocks last season.

Rodney Pratcher

Edmondson, guard, senior

A four-year starter, the 6-foot Pratcher is a prototypical point guard with fine ball-handling, smart decision-making and the confidence to make the clutch shot. Proof came last season when he averaged 19 points, six assists and 2.5 steals in helping the Red Storm capture its first Baltimore City title.

Eric Savage

Old Mill, guard, senior

A four-year starter, Savage, at 6-1, brings a complete game that features a smooth jumper for the Class 4A state runner-up Patriots. After averaging 14 points, five rebounds and three assists last season, he'll be the catalyst for Old Mill, which lost key parts to graduation.

Kevin Smith

Digital Harbor, guard, senior

A transfer from West Virginia's Huntington Prep, the 6-1 Smith is the area's most talented newcomer with a tough, physical presence at lead guard. An ideal fit for the Rams, Smith pushes the ball with quickness and smart decisions, and also pressures the ball relentlessly on defense.

Greg Whittington

Oakland Mills, forward, senior

At 6-8, Whittington is a dominant presence at both ends of the floor, bringing a complete game for the Scorpions. With a midrange jumper to go with the ability to get above the rim, he averaged 14.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.3blocks and 2.5 steals last season.

OTHER NOTABLE PLAYERS

Garrett Burkhead, Patterson Mill

Mike Cheatham, City

Charlie Clark, North Carroll

Trey Clinton, Mount St. Joseph

Daquan Cook, Digital Harbor

Reggie Daniels, Patterson Mill

Julian Davis, Calvert Hall

Nick Doolin, Randallstown

Josh Forney, St. Frances

Isaiah Gill, Harford Tech

Lionel Greene, City

Rowland Hailey, Patapsco

Tevin Hanner, Milford Mill

Bryan Harris, Southern

Robby Jenkins, Winters Mill

Cyrus Jones, Gilman

Jarred Jones, John Carroll

Delonte Joyce, Annapolis

Quentin Judd, Forest Park

Joe Kiely, Oakland Mills

Nick LaGuerre, Lansdowne

Kayel Locke, McDonogh

Antonio Manns, Digital Harbor

Matt Matias, Loyola

Ricky Meekins, Patterson

James Milton, Parkville

Warren Powers, Glenelg Country

Ryan Ripken, Gilman

Tevon Saddler, Aberdeen

Jon Schmidt, Friends

Ronald Scott, John Carroll

Evan Singletary, Dunbar

Delaszo Smith, South River

Charles Tapper, City

Corey Thomas, Woodlawn

Tyler Washington, Arundel

Anton Waters, Forest Park

Monty Werts, Havre de Grace

Gerrae Williams, Aberdeen

Jamal Williams, Carver

R.J. Williams, St. Frances

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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