This year’s edition of the Sweet 16 — The Sun’s annual list of Baltimore’s best men’s college basketball players — had more tough calls than ever before. So we cheated a bit and added four honorable mention slots. There were plenty more who would have, in another year, made the cut.
Among the 88 Division I players from this area who received serious consideration but just missed selection were Saint Joseph’s forward Isaiah Miles (Milford Mill), North Carolina Central guard Dante Holmes (St. Frances), NJIT guard Winfield Willis (St. Paul’s), Rutgers forward Greg Lewis (St. Frances), Cal State Northridge guard Aaron Parks (Lake Clifton), Longwood guard Leron Fisher (Lake Clifton), UMBC guard Jourdan Grant (Archbishop Spalding), Connecticut guard Sam Cassell Jr. (St. Frances) and American guard Charlie Jones (Mount Saint Joseph).
The Sweet 16 is based on prior accomplishments and projected success for this season. Eligible athletes are returning players and fifth-year transfers.
Any questions about the list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click through the gallery for a look at each player.