FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ryan Brooks, senior, Holy Spirit:
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 10.5 points and seven rebounds per game last season after transferring from Oakcrest. He has signed with Rhode Island.
Gene Teague, senior, St. Augustine:
The 6-8 center was an Inquirer third-team selection after averaging 16.1 points per game last season. He will form a dynamic duo with Wagner-signee Josh Thompson.
Khalif Toombs, senior, Atlantic City:
The 5-8 guard is lightning-quick and finishes strong with either hand.
He should be one of the Vikings' top scorers, and he has improved dramatically
Norman White, senior, St. Joseph.
The 6-5 forward averaged 18.5 points and
6.5 rebounds per game
last season and was an all-league selection. He was a standout wide receiver in football.
Eric Williams, senior, Mainland.
The 6-2 guard was an all-league selection last season after averaging 13 points per game. He'll help make Mainland a Group 4 threat.
FIVE GAMES TO WATCH
Atlantic City at Holy Spirit, Dec. 22.
This could be a preview of the end-of-season Cape-Atlantic championship game, which matches the best of each conference.
Middle Township at
St. Augustine, Jan. 3.
Yes, Middle was hit hard by graduation. Yes, coach Tom Feraco will find a way for his team to stay with the mighty Hermits.
St. Augustine at Holy Spirit, Jan. 17.
This is the first of two meetings between the top teams in the Cape National I. The rematch is Feb. 19 at
Hammonton and Mainland, Jan. 22.
Hammonton, no longer a pushover, has designs on dethroning Mainland.
Camden Catholic vs.
Atlantic City at Cherry Hill East, Feb. 17.
This looks like one of the premier matchups in the Cougar Classic. This game could have a bearing on South Jersey's No. 1 ranking.
On Holy Spirit's
, a 6-3 junior point guard:
"I love how he plays. He may be the best player in the league. He's an excellent finisher and always under control. He can shoot the jumper and can hurt you in multiple ways."