Here are four players expected to have big impacts on their teams:
Gerry Wixted, Camden Catholic, senior, forward/center
At 6-foot-6, Wixted is one of the most relentless players, often scoring second-effort points. Last season, he averaged 15.3 points and nine rebounds in earning Inquirer second-team all-South Jersey honors. Wixted enters this season with 632 career points for the defending Olympic Conference National Division champion.
Chris Santo, Cherry Hill East, junior, forward
At 6-4, Santo was the only non-senior on last season's Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey squad. As a sophomore, Santo led South Jersey in scoring with a 26.9 average and he already has scored 1,075 career points. Santo has an all-around game, having averaged 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals. A difficult player to stop inside, he worked hard in the off-season on his perimeter game, refining his game to a new level.
Isaiah Morton, St. Augustine, junior, guard
Few people play with more confidence and even fewer enjoy taking the big shot more than Morton. At 5-8, he has great quickness and deep range on his jumper, but he is also adept at taking it to the hoop. Last season, he averaged 17.9 points in his second varsity season and already has more than 900 career points.
Chris Gebhart, Cherry Hill West, senior, center
There is optimism that Cherry Hill West can challenge for the Olympic Conference Patriot Division, and one of the reasons is the presence of Gebhart. At 6-8, he has been a consistent scorer throughout his career. Last season, he averaged 18.3 points 10.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks. He enters his senior year with 1,065 career points, 579 rebounds, and 208 blocked shots.
- Marc Narducci