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Posted On: 11/13/18 5:00 PM
As we begin our final stretch into the much anticipated start to another high school season, it’s time to take a closer look at what to expect. In this series, we will be previewing all four MPSSAA Classifications in an effort to highlight who we think are the top teams and prospects. Below we preview and predict Class 2A.
There are a lot of underrated teams in this classification, but arguably none with more talent than New Town. Martaz Robinson and Julian Reese are two of the better prospects in the state, and they should receive adequate support from seniors Eric Bass and Maurice Smith. Damascus will be dangerous because they’ve added top football prospect Bryan Bresee, who will be a mammoth in the paint and on the boards. Williamsport has one of the state’s best guard prospects in Lincoln Ball, who doubles as a star quarterback. Collin Schlee is another talented quarterback who gets it done on the hardwood for Oakdale. Gwynn Park, who is led by Coach Rob Garner, has some talent in Eric Wright, Jalen Hayes, and Jayden Wingard. Lake Clifton’s Michael Gray is perhaps pound-for-pound the toughest player in the state, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him lead the team back to Xfinity. It will be interesting to see how the return of Marvin Price can impact Patterson, who has talent in the backcourt when considering their talented guard tandem of TJ Thomas and Gerard Mungo. Seneca Valley returns one of the state’s best shooters in Mazae Blake, who hit 68 threes last season. Westlake is a scrappy team with some good prospects in Cameron Tweedy, Stanley Harley, and Justin Bryson. Jake Koverman of Southern is a player to watch in Anne Arundel County. Another up and coming young talent to watch is 2020 guard JayShaun Freeman of Kent County.
State Champions: New Town
State Player of the Year: Lincoln Ball | Williamsport ’20
We don’t see anyone stopping Lincoln Ball from having a monster season. At 6-foot-4, Ball is a skilled guard who can score from all three levels, but also has the awareness to make his teammates better. When considering his role in conjunction with his overall skill set, we think he will produce consistently on a nightly basis at a high enough level to be seriously considered for this award.
Lincoln Ball | Williamsport ’20
Mazae Blake | Seneca Valley ’20
Bryan Bresee | Damascus ’20
JayShaun Freeman | Kent County ’20
Michael Gray | Lake Clifton ’20
Jake Koverman | Southern ’21
Marvin Price | Patterson ’19
Martaz Robinson | New Town ’20
Collin Schlee | Oakdale ’19
Cameron Tweedy | Westlake ’20