BOYS' BASKETBALL

1. Atlantic City (26-6 last season):

The Vikings return several key players from last year's Group 4 state champions, including 6-8 senior Jah-leem Montague and 6-2 senior Dayshawn Reynolds. Other key veterans are 6-4 senior Ga-Brail Chandler, 6-3 junior Isaiah Graves, and 6-6 junior Dennis White. Watch out for 5-10 freshman Lamar Thomas.

2. Paulsboro (30-1): The Red Raiders return player of the year Xavier Lundy, a 6-5 senior who averaged 22 points and 11 boards. Other returning veterans include 6-8 senior Julien Davenport (13 points, 10 rebounds), 6-1 senior Derrick Burgess (nine points), and 6-2 sophomores Saleem Little (seven points) and Theo Holloway (seven points). No shortage of board crashers and defenders. Key will be development of the backcourt after the loss of senior ball handlers.

3. Eastern (24-4): The Vikings return a top all-around player in senior Devon Bell, a 6-1 swingman who averaged 14 points. Other returnees include 6-5 senior Avery Walker, who averaged five blocks, and 6-6 junior Matt Klinewski, a board banger. Like Paulsboro, Eastern must develop its backcourt after the graduation of senior guards.

4. Paul VI (26-4): The Eagles return a pair of starters from last year's powerhouse team in junior forwards Jay Howard and Matt Risse and the sixth man in senior forward Pat Kennedy. Junior guard DeVahnte Mosley, a transfer from Philadelphia's Neumann-Goretti, will make an immediate impact. Two other talented transfers will be eligible in 30 days: junior guard Ivan Robinson from Camden Catholic and junior forward Alex Denko from Cinnaminson.

5. Holy Spirit (18-10): The Spartans have a top guard in senior Paul Moore, who averaged 15.7 points and rose up in big games. Junior Santiel is a 6-6 swingman on the brink of a big season, and juniors Uumahd Collier and Johnny Midi are talented veterans. The Spartans could get a lift in 30 days with the eligibility of 6-5 sophomore Jordan Taylor, a transfer from Absegami.

6. Shawnee (23-6): The Renegades return six of their top eight, including four-year veteran Josh Borrelli, a strong outside shooter and passer. Senior Ryan Bodnar is a top outside shooter and senior Tristan Polnitz is a talented swingman. Seniors Austin Lang and Frank Destito provide an inside presence.

7. Camden (18-13): The defending South Jersey Group 3 champions return three starters, led by 6-7 senior Amir Maddred, one of South Jersey's most talented big men. Camden also returns its starting backcourt in junior Tavaris Headen and sophomore Rasool Hinson.

8. Middle Township (18-10): The Panthers return four starters, including senior Tom Feraco, son of the coach of the same name. Other veterans include guards Tom Catanoso and Darrell Shelton and forward Lamarr Greer Jr.

9. Haddonfield (22-8): The Bulldogs return four of their top six from last season's South Jersey Group 2 finalist, including senior forward Chris Biddle, a four-year starter, and senior guard Billy Griffin, a top outside shooter. Sophomore twins Nick and Rob DePersia are top defenders and playmakers.

10. Camden Catholic (14-13): The Irish will be led by senior swingman Kyle Green, a Temple recruit. Green averaged 22.7 points and could become the program's all-time leading scorer. Other veterans include senior guard Brian Matera and junior guard Rob Brosh. Sophomore forward Brendan Crawford, nephew of coach Jim Crawford, could make a major impact.

- Phil AnastasiaEndText