5 Boys’ players to watch
Tucker Bouchard , Silver Lake: A four-year varsity player, the senior point guard averaged 18 points per game a year ago. With 701 career points, he has a shot at being the first boys’ player at Silver Lake to hit 1,000 since 2001.
Darien Fernandez , Wareham: A returning Globe All-Scholastic, the 5-foot-4 point guard averaged 20.5 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6.5 steals per game for the Division 3 South champions last year.
Tyler Gibson , Rockland: The 6-6 senior was highly sought by college recruiters before deciding to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He led the Bulldogs to a 19-3 record last season and averaged a double-double at the AAU nationals for the Boston Warriors.
Brendan Hill , Mansfield: Only a sophomore, Hill received a great deal of attention for his first varsity season with the Hornets. In last season’s South Division 1 semifinals, the 6-5 forward sealed a 69-66 win over Weymouth with three free throws, finishing off an 18-point, 7-rebound, 2-assists, 2-steal night.
Marcus Middleton , Stoughton: A force on defense and a returning captain, the 5-10 senior averaged 16 points per game last season.
5 boys’ teams to watch
(Listed with final records from last season)
1. Brockton (23-3)
2. Stoughton (20-5)
3. Wareham (23-1)
4. Weymouth (17-4)
5. Mansfield (15-8)