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.
3. Milford Mill Academy Millers
2012-13 record: 26-2 (Class 3A state & Baltimore County champions; No. 4 in final VSN Top 20)
Coach: Mike Silverman (2nd season)
Returning letter winners – 7
Returning starters – 2
Key returning players – Karahn Alston, 5-foot-9, senior, guard; DiAngelo Bryan, 6-4, senior, guard; Elijah Cooper, 6-6, junior, forward/center; Allen Costley, 6-5, senior, forward; Justin Jenifer, 5-10, junior, guard; Reggie White, 6-3, senior, forward; Tavon Wilson, 5-9, senior, guard
Key newcomers – Anthony Brown, 6-0, senior, guard; Lolami Charles, 6-8, senior, center; Roenell Issacs, 5-9, junior, guard; Bobby Moore, 5-11, junior, guard
Outlook – The Millers are again on the short list of 3A state title contenders. The Baltimore County school won its third 3A championship in four seasons, beating Potomac from Prince George’s County in one of the biggest blowouts in recent state finals’ history.
Costley and Jenifer, two of the area’s elite players are back. Costley will play for Towson University next year, and Jenifer is arguably the area’s best junior.
Brown, a transfer from Baltimore City Division I and state champ Dunbar, will be part of the backcourt with Jenifer and Alston. Cooper will give the Millers a tough inside presence while White provides athleticism and leadership.
Charles (Edgewood transfer) adds front court depth. The Millers will have the toughest schedule among area public schools, opening against New Jersey powerhouse St. Benedict’s Prep. Milford Mill also has dates with perennial D.C. area power and nationally-regarded DeMatha Catholic, Pennsylvania state champ Constitution from Philadelphia, Dunbar and City College.
“We’re a very diversified team and I think everybody on the floor can contribute at different times,” said Silverman. “I think this year’s team will be more disciplined. At times last year, we played down to the competition. This year, we have a chance to play up to the competition and hopefully make a statement.”
Dec. 7 vs. St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.), Kyle Lowry Famjuice Tip-Off Classic at Lower Merion (Pa.)
Dec. 10 vs. Carver A&T
Dec. 14 at DeMatha Catholic
Dec. 20 at Randallstown
Dec. 27 vs. Constitution (Pa.), Kobe Bryant Scholastic Play-by-Play Holiday Classic at Lower Merion (Pa.)
Jan. 3 vs. Woodlawn
Jan. 8 at Western Tech
Jan. 10 vs. Loch Raven
Jan. 13 at Sparrows Point
Jan. 15 vs. Catonsville
Jan. 22 at New Town
Jan. 24 vs. Dunbar, Basketball Academy at Morgan State University
Jan. 25 vs. City College, Basketball Academy
Jan. 29 at Owings Mills
Jan. 31 at Parkville
Feb. 1 vs. Imhotep Charter (Pa.), Philadelphia City Classic at Ben Franklin (Pa.)
Feb. 5 vs. Pikesville
Feb. 7 vs. Patapsco
Feb. 12 vs. Hereford
Feb. 14 at Dundalk
Feb. 19 at Dulaney