Shawn Alston, Jr. G, Haverford School
An All-Delco and the Inter-Ac co-MVP as a sophomore, Alston is being tasked with bringing the Fords their first Inter-Ac title since 1998-99. A Division I recruit with offers from Boston College, Penn State, La Salle, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph's and Temple and interest from Penn and Harvard, Alston has the skills to be a consistent triple-double threat. The 6-4 point guard is in his second year running the show for coach Henry Fairfax's offense, and with a strong supporting cast around him, Alston could be special.
Mahir Johnson, Sr. G, Chester
A combo guard who came home to Chester after spending his first three years at Glasgow (Del.), Johnson can do it all and will be asked to wear many different hats for Larry Yarbray's Clippers. He's a solid bet to lead Chester in scoring, but the scrappy, tough guard, who averaged about 20 points per game as a sophomore before injuring his knee as a junior, can also defend, rebound and run the point. As he goes, the Clippers will go.
Christian Irons, Sr. G, Interboro
It's a shame that Irons suffered a leg injury last year. If not, he would be on pace to shatter the Bucs' career scoring record. He sits at 795 career points after being limited to action in only six games last season, but Irons should be able to impose his will on teams and be a dominant, multi-purpose player. "I'd be surprised if he doesn't get multiple triple-doubles this season,' Interboro coach Jeff Webb said of Irons, who was the county's second-leading scorer as a sophomore.
Derrick Jones, Jr. F, Archbishop Carroll
Look out below! The five-star recruit with offers from a veritable who's who of college programs is the most explosive dunker in the area, but he can do so much more than just put down a sensational slam. Jones averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game a year ago en route to All-Delco honors, but he's just scratching the surface of his potential. He's the best shot-blocker in Delco and a big reason why the Patriots are a favorite for the PIAA Class AAA championship.
Ernest Aflakpui, Jr. F, Archbishop Carroll
A year after coming to the Main Line from Ghana, it's time for Aflakpui to emerge as a star. His raw talent is undeniable and he showed consistent improvement in his offensive game a season ago when he nearly doubled his season average (6.8 ppg) in the state tournament (11.2 ppg). Aflakpui shows great defensive instincts, and while he's not a great shot-blocker for a 6-9 tower in the middle, he shows a willingness to take charges and has advanced defensive foot work. If he can pick up a thing or two on shot swatting from Jones and continue developing his low-post moves, Aflakpui could emerge as an elite big man.