JEANNOT BASIMA, JOHN CARROLL
Basima, a 6-foot-4 senior wing, is one of the area’s elite scorers. The Yale University commit and All-MIAA A selection averaged d 18 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2 assists last season. Basima, who was the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament MVP as a sophomore, will look to lead a young Patriot squad this winter.
CARLTON CARRINGTON, ST. FRANCES
Carrington quietly emerged in his first season with Panthers, averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2021-22. The rangy 6-4 senior combo guard combines a solid mid-range shooting game with ability to play effectively within the flow of a game. Carrington, who will play for the University of Pittsburgh next season, will join Jahnathan Lamothe (Maryland) and promising sophomore Tyler Jackson in what should be the area’s best backcourt.
AMANI HANSBERRY, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Hansberry, who transferred from St. John’s (D.C.), was brilliant in leading Mount St. Joseph to the area’s No. 1 ranking and a championship sweep in the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League last season. The 6-8 forward/center averaged 20.3 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists, dictating the game with his defense in the paint and all-around versatility on offense. The consensus No. 1 senior prospect in Maryland, Hansberry will play for the University of Illinois next season.
CAMERIN HORTON, CITY
The 6-5 senior forward Horton was a big reason City reached the Class 3A state semifinals as a junior last season. He averaged a double-double with 18.7 points and 14.4 rebounds along with 3.7 assists. Able to score inside or out, Horton was an All-Baltimore City first-team selection last year.
JAHANTHAN LAMOTHE, ST. FRANCES
A three-year starter, the 6-4 senior guard Lamothe will be leader of a talented backcourt for the Panthers this winter. He averaged 11.4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists last season, and is effective scoring from the perimeter or inside with his solid frame. Lamothe will play for the University of Maryland next season.
DREW MCKENNA, GLENELG COUNTRY
Mckenna, a junior, is arguably the area’s top underclassmen. The 6-7 wing averaged 20.3 points before a hand injury ended his 2021-22 season after only eight games. After an impressive summer, several major Division I programs, including Georgetown, Illinois, Maryland and Virginia Tech have made early scholarship offers to the highly-skilled Mckenna, who’s ranked 62nd nationally in the Class of 2024 by 247Sports.com.
QUINTON MONROE, LAKE CLIFTON
Monroe, 6-3, anchored the Lakers to the Class 1A and Baltimore City titles last winter. The senior forward/guard performer averaged 16 points and five assists, set up by his tenacious defense. Monroe was a first-team pick on the Baltimore City coaches’ team.
XAVERION ROBERSON, MEADE
Roberson, 6-1 senior guard, is the undeniable spark plug for the Mustangs. He averaged 14.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals last season as the Anne Arundel County school reached the Class 4A state semifinals. Roberson, who shot 43-percent from the field last season, plays tenaciously on both ends of the court.
CARON SMITH, PARKVILLE
Smith, 6-1 senior guard, is projected to be the go-to for the area’s top public squad this winter. He averaged 17.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season as the Knights reached the Class 4A state semifinals. Smith was a second-team All-Baltimore County coaches’ selection.
ACE VALENTINE, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Valentine’s steady ascension last season was a major factor in the Gaels sweeping the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League Tournament titles. The 6-3 senior combo-guard averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists last season for the area’s No. 1 squad. Valentine, whose parents Craig and Kacy, starred at Towson and Georgetown, respectively, will play for UMBC next season.