Boys Basketball: City League preview -- Obama gains support

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Team to beat

Obama: The City League doesn't have an overwhelming team this year, but most coaches believe the Eagles are the No. 1 team heading into the season. Obama finished first in the regular season a year ago, but lost in the semifinals. D.J. Porter, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, is one of the top players in the City League and is getting interest from a few Division I schools.

Contenders

Perry: The Commodores lost in the City title game a year ago and figure to be a serious contender for the championship this year. Guard Devin Lyles could have a big season.

Allderdice: The Dragons could improve on last year's 9-13 record (4-6 in the City). Jayvaughn Moultrie, a 6-2 senior guard, is the top returnee. He also has a twin brother, Davaughn, on the team. Mason Whitley, a 6-3 senior forward, also is back.

Others

Brashear: Nine seniors graduated from last year's team but coach Carey White said he is "upbeat" about this year's squad. Thaddeus Crumbley, a 5-5 senior, and Ta'Ron Thomas, a 5-9 senior, will be the leaders.

Westinghouse: Last season, the Bulldogs won their first City League championship since 1998, but the Bulldogs' top players graduated. Some inexperienced players will have to come through if Westinghouse is to challenge again.

Carrick: The Raiders are a young team, with only two seniors on the roster. Cameron Jackson, a 5-9 senior, 5-11 junior forward Jabar Atkins, 5-9 junior Keenan Lowe and 5-10 sophomore Taylor Thornton are among the players who showed some promise last season.

Rankings

Team (Last season)

1. Obama 16-3

2. Perry 12-14

3. Allderdice 9-13

Players to watch

Jayvaughn Moultrie, Allderdice, 6-2, Sr. Guard-forward

Devin Lyles, Perry, 6-2, Sr., Guard

D.J. Porter, Obama, 6-4, Sr., Guard-forward


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