Five boys’ players to watch
Jaleel Bell, Wayland: After propelling the Warriors to the Dual County League Small Division title last season, the junior point guard prepped for this campaign by running cross-country this fall.
Ken Harrington, St. John’s High: The Pioneers from Shrewsbury graduated three starters from last year’s Division 1 state finalist club, so the 6-foot-4 junior guard- last year’s defensive stopper - will be asked to do more at the offensive end.
Jake Layman, King Philip Regional: The versatile 6-8 senior forward is determined to lead the Warriors deep into the Division 2 tournament before heading off to the University of Maryland.
Kevin LaFrancis, Acton-Boxborough Regional: The 6-6 senior cocaptain is a force in the paint for the Colonials.
Michael Thorpe, Newton North: The athletic guard with a smooth jump shot will make his presence felt on both ends of the floor for the Tigers.
Five boys’ teams to watch
Franklin: The Panthers have returning starters on the perimeter in junior point guard Sam Bohmiller and senior small forward Jason McKee. And with eight seniors, they will be deep.
Framingham: The Flyers have won just three games each of the past two years, but there is optimism with first-year coach Adam Cluff, a former star at Bay State Conference rival Wellesley.
Hopkinton: The Hillers may start slow, but they could surge as soon as senior standout point guard Barrett Hanlon returns from a sprained wrist he suffered during the football season.
Rivers: Sophomore point guard Carlin Haymon and 6-7 senior center Nick Lund will work an inside-out game for the Red Wings.
St. John’s High: The Pioneers have made four straight appearances in the Division 1 state final, but lost three key seniors from last year’s runner-up, including forward Richard Rodgers. Senior Matt Palecki (6-6) and sophomore T.J. Kelly (6-4) will look to make up for the lost size in the paint.
Compiled by Phil Perry