2012-13 boys basketball players to watch
Phil Booth

Mount St. Joseph, guard, junior

A three-year starter, Booth's greatest contribution to the Gaels' success is his ability and willingness to do whatever is necessary to get the win. It could be a big blocked shot late in one game and a couple big free throws or a clutch rebound in the next. Last season, he averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists and was picked for the All-Metro second team.

John Crosby

Poly, guard, junior

Few players in the Baltimore area did more for their team last season than the 6-foot-3 guard, who led the Engineers to a breakthrough season on which they are primed to build. Crosby can creatively score and distribute, averaging 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists as a sophomore, and his excitement for the game sets a huge tone for his teammates.

Rodney Elliott

John Carroll, guard, senior

The 6-1 combination guard brings a fundamentally sound skill set to both ends and jumps into a leadership role for the Patriots this season. He averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2 steals per game last season. His calm demeanor and ability to impact games in a variety of ways will play a big part in the team's success.

Myrek Lee-Fowlkes

Edmondson, forward, senior

One of the area's toughest defenders, the Patterson transfer and All-Metro second-team pick brings championship experience to the Red Storm after playing an instrumental role in the Clippers' Class 3A title team last season. Lee-Fowlkes, who averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds last season, is unlikely to start the season after suffering a broken leg during the summer.

Gavin McTavish

South Carroll, forward, senior

The versatile 6-6 All-Metro first-team selection brings a complete game to the floor, and with the ability to score inside and from the perimeter, he is a matchup nightmare for opponents. In leading the Carroll County champion Cavaliers to the Class 2A state semifinals last season, he averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals.

Daxter Miles

Dunbar, guard, senior

After averaging 20 points per game during his junior season at IMG Academy in Florida, Miles returns as the area's most explosive newcomer. Formerly at Archbishop Curley, the 6-2 standout immediately becomes the Poets' first option with an ability to hit the 3-pointer or sky above the rim.

Earl Potts