FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Andre Byrdsong, senior, Rancocas Valley:
This 6-foot point guard, considered one of the top floor leaders in South Jersey, scored more than 13 points per game last season for the Liberty Division champs.
Kris Corry, senior, Burlington City:
Pressure will be on this 6-3 forward to produce as the lone returning starter for the Blue Devils. He averaged 16.3 points as a junior.
T.J. DiLeo, senior, Cinnaminson:
This 6-3 guard has grown in size and stature, and should loom large as the Pirates look to make a title run in the Patriot Division.
Jon Kohler, senior, Bordentown:
The rebuilding Scotties received an enormous boost last season from this 6-3 sniper, who poured in 26.7 points per game.
Justin Swidowski, senior, Holy Cross:
At 6-9, this low-post power averaged 14.8 points, 11 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game last season in the Lancers' march to the Patriot Division crown.
FIVE GAMES TO WATCH
Riverside at Burlington City, tonight
Here's an opening night tip-off between defending Freedom Division cochampions.
Rancocas Valley at Trenton Catholic, Jan. 8
This will be the first meeting of the Liberty Division favorites.
Holy Cross at Cinnaminson, Jan. 31
The winner of this rematch should gain an edge in the Patriot Division race.
Rancocas Valley vs. St. Anthony, Feb. 2, Kobe Bryant Classic at Villanova
The Red Devils take on the perennial state power from Jersey City.
Rancocas Valley vs. American Christian Academy, Feb. 9, Prime Time Shootout at Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton
Here's another out-of-the-area test for RV, which faces Tyreke Evans, a national player-of-the-year candidate.
On Burlington City senior forward
"He is a great all-around athlete and a real matchup problem. He can take bigger guys out to the wing and beat them with his speed, and take smaller players in the post and use his strength to get easy shots."
- New Egypt coach