April 23, 2018

MPSSAA boys’ basketball playoff preview: Complete team-by-team and region breakdown

Freshman point guard Rahim Ali looks to guide Baltimore Poly to its first ever basketball state championship. Photo by Troy Queen.

The high school winter sports season can be a tiring trek.

It lasts from late November to the beginning of March. And if you account offseason workout programs, it’s even longer.

Take a moment and pat yourself on the back, because the playoffs are less than a week away. After two and a half months of high school basketball in the books, and hustling around the state to scout the region’s top talent, it’s time to break down what’s been uncovered and look into the crystal ball as the postseason is on the horizon.

In each classification I’ve predicted a state champion, regional contenders and darkhorses and with my regional champion I added confidence scale to gauge the certainty.


Confidence scale

4 — Let’s just say I’d be stunned if this team didn’t win their region

3 — Likely to make it out of the region, but slippage and/or losing to a contender wouldn’t be shocking

2 — Contenders are right on their heels; one hiccup could be detrimental

1 — Complete toss-up. Someone has to make it out of each region, so why not them? 


Without further ado, let the in-depth playoff preview content begin.



PAGE 3 — CLASS 3A (coming soon)

PAGE 4 — CLASS 2A (coming soon)

PAGE 5 — CLASS 1A (coming soon)

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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