City League Boys' Basketball Preview

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Team to beat

Obama: With the closure of Langley and Oliver, the City League has been reduced to six teams. Obama lost to Allderdice in the City League championship a year ago, and Obama seems primed to finish on top of the heap this season. Senior guard Deandre Byrd averaged 12 points a game last season and junior forward D.J. Porter 10.

Contenders

Allderdice: Buddy Valinsky is back for his second stint as coach of the Dragons and takes over a program that has won three consecutive City League championships. Top players Justin Dobbs and Ben Mickens have graduated. Senior guard Cornelious Raye and junior forward Jay Moultrie are two returning starters.

Perry: The Commdores had a "down" season in 2011-12, going 5-17. They should rebound this year. Donte Marcus is a senior guard who averaged 10 points a game last season, and the team also should be helped by the infusion of a few players from Oliver, which closed in June. One of them is Shakeem Cox, who averaged 20 points at Oliver and made All-City last season.

Others

Brashear: Carey White was the coach at Oliver last year and this season takes over at Brashear. Deyshawn Martin is a 6-foot-5 senior forward who could have a big season. He played last year at Chartiers Valley.

Carrick: Carrick lost key players to graduation and Tonyea Curry (10 ppg last season) transferred to Sto-Rox. Senior guard Orlando Howard and junior guard Cameron Jackson will be counted on to lead.

Westinghouse: Senior guard-forward Robert Bailey averaged 16 points a game last season.

RANKINGS

Rk. School (2011-12 record)

1. Obama (17-6)

2. Allderdice (18-7)

3. Perry (5-17)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Robert Bailey, Westinghouse, 6-1, Sr., G-F

Deandre Byrd, Obama, 5-10, Sr., G

Shakeem Cox, Perry, 6-1, Sr., G

Donte Marcus, Perry, 5-7, Sr., G

Deyshawn Martin, Brashear, 6-5, Sr., F

D.J. Porter, Obama, 6-3, Jr., F

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Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com


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