The 2014-15 high school basketball season is set to begin this week for teams around the county. While the public schools do not begin their seasons until next week, there are some key early-season matchups coming up. The season begins Friday night as DeMatha Catholic High School visits Eleanor Roosevelt High in a game pitting […]
The 2014-15 high school basketball season is set to begin this week for teams around the county.
While the public schools do not begin their seasons until next week, there are some key early-season matchups coming up.
The season begins Friday night as DeMatha Catholic High School visits Eleanor Roosevelt High in a game pitting one of the best public school teams in the county against arguably the best team in all of the area. This early-season matchup will be important for both teams, but especially for a Roosevelt Raiders team which lost its leading scorer, Andre Fox, to graduation. The Raiders will also face tough out-of-conference opponents in Riverdale Baptist and Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt head coach Brendan O’Connell will depend on returning starters Ishamel Jabbie and Larry McCain to help carry the load for his team.
“This early in the season we’re just trying to build team chemistry and get better each game,” O’Connell said. “For our kids, I’m sure they want to compete for county and regional championships, and to get there we’ll have to take it one game at a time.”
Defending 4A state champion Henry A. Wise High School begins its season with a non-conference matchup against Clinton Christian. The Pumas lost seven seniors off of last year’s title team, but head coach Robert Garner sees a bright future for his young team.
“The exciting part is there is no pressure on ourselves. Last year we knew what the expectations were. We made a decision to not focus on that as much this year and just work on getting better,” Garner said. “I like this team a whole lot. We’re youthful and have time to work with this group and get better and better. We’re going to be starting two sophomores with another one competing for a starting job now.”
Other teams to keep an eye on in the 4A South this year are Suitland, Flowers and Bowie.
The Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A division also features a defending state champion in the Potomac High School Wolverines.
The Wolverines lost star guard Dion Wiley to graduation. Wiley now plays at the University of Maryland.
Potomac will face some tough opponents as it looks to repeat as a state champion. While the early-season schedule is not as tough as others around the county, the Wolverines will host one of the top teams in the areas when Montrose Christian pays the team a visit mid-January.
Potomac lost only two games in the division last year. While it will be difficult to match last season’s success, the Wolverines bring back junior guard Randall Broddie and will still be among the best teams in the division.
The frontrunner appears to be Largo, led by senior forward Abdulai Bundu, who signed a letter of intent to play at Quinnipiac last month. Bundu provides an interior presence for the Lions and should help give them an advantage inside the paint against almost anyone.
Other teams to keep an eye on in 3A/2A/1A division are Frederick Douglass, Friendly and Gwynn Park.
In the private school scene, DeMatha is not the only team that looks like it will have a great season on the court this year. Riverdale Baptist, Capitol Christian and Clinton Christian are all teams that are loaded with talent.
Riverdale Baptist, behind senior guard DeQuan Abrom, looks ready to have a breakout season.