Welcome to the 2013 Enoch Office/Varsity Sports Network preseason Top 20 boys’ basketball poll. VSN ranks the top teams in the Baltimore region which covers public and private schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County and Howard County.
As we progress towards the regular season, we will countdown our 2013 Enoch Office/VSN Boys’ Basketball Preseason Rankings from No. 20 all the way to No. 1.
10. New Town Titans
2012-13 record: 23-4 (Class 1A state finalists; No. 8 in final VSN Top 20)
Coach: Mike Daniel (2nd season)
Returning letter winners – 6
Returning starters – 3
Key returning players – Juwan Dorsey, 6-foot-5, senior, forward/center; Josh Edwards, 6-5, junior, forward; Damien Hamler, 6-3, junior, guard; Jalon Mack, 6-1, junior, guard; Danny Shand, 5-10, senior, guard; Kenny Sherrod, 6-2, senior, forward
Key newcomers – Devin Fulton, 6-3, junior, forward; Justin Luton, 6-5, junior, forward; Kuante Sargent, 6-1, junior, guard; Devin Smith, 5-10, sophomore, guard
Outlook – The Titans could be the favorite to win the Class 1A state championship. The Baltimore County school lost to Dunbar (now in Class 2A) in last season’s state finals, missing a game-tying shot at buzzer.
Hamler, Mack and Shand are back in the starting lineup. Shand, one of the area’s top point guards, was an all-Baltimore County first-team selection last season.
Dorsey (10 rebounds per game last season) will anchor the frontline and Sherrod provides defense and outside shooting. Daniel expects Fulton, Luton, Sargent and Smith to be major contributors.
If not for a horrific free throw shooting performance, New Town would’ve won the state title last season. Daniel thinks his team’s defensive commitment will decide whether it’ll be at Comcast Center in March.
“If we defend, I think we’ll be fine. We’re very athletic,” said Daniel. “This team could be good.”
Dec. 6 vs. Joppatowne (New Town Tip-Off Tournament)
Dec. 7 vs. Flora McDonald (N.C.) / New Town Tip-Off
Dec. 16 vs. Franklin
Dec. 20 at Woodlawn
Dec. 27-28 Oakland Mills Holiday Tournament
Jan. 3 vs. Randallstown
Jan. 8 at Catonsville
Jan. 10 vs. Carver A&T
Jan. 13 vs. Patapsco
Jan. 15 vs. Western Tech
Jan. 17 at Loch Raven
Jan. 22 vs. Milford Mill Academy
Jan. 23 vs. Aberdeen at Basketball Academy at Morgan State University
Jan. 24 vs. Edmondson at Basketball Academy
Jan. 29 vs. Dulaney
Jan. 31 at Sparrows Point
Feb. 5 at Hereford
Feb. 7 vs. Dundalk
Feb. 12 at Owings Mills
Feb. 14 at Parkville
Feb. 19 vs. Pikesville