Matthew Fleming, Sr., F, Bangor: With plans already firmed up to play at Army beginning next fall, the 6-foot-6 Fleming will focus on helping Bangor pursue a deep playoff push in Class AA North. A Bangor Daily News All-Maine first-team selection after averaging 25.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game last winter, Fleming is fully recovered from a dislocated right elbow suffered in April and is poised to test opponents with his long-range shooting game and two-way play nearer the basket.
Damien Vance, Sr., G, Bangor: Vance was a productive No. 2 scorer behind Fleming last winter and may be even more explosive this winter as the transfer of Isaac Cummings — the leading assist-maker in Class A North last winter at 6.56 per game — from Brewer to Bangor should enable him to relinquish some of his previous point-guard duties.
Gabe Allaire, Sr., F, Medomak Valley: After averaging 12 points per game while helping the Panthers reach the 2018 Class A North championship game, the first-team All-KVAC Class A choice and all-tourney selection will team with 6-5 senior Alec Coughlin to provide Medomak Valley with a top complementary frontcourt tandem.
Kory Winch, Sr., G. Hampden Academy: This jack-of-all trades will team with junior Bryce Lausier to form one of the region’s top backcourts for the defending Class A North champs. Winch’s versatility is reflected in his regular-season statistics from a year ago (11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds per game with 24 3-pointers and 55.6 percent field-goal shooting) while earning All-KVAC Class A honors.
Derek Collin, Sr., F, Mount Desert Island: MDI has been a virtual given on the Class B North tournament scene in recent years and little should change this season. Collin returns after a junior season when he averaged a team-best 13.4 points per game en route to earning second-team All-Big East Conference status.
Isaac Varney, Jr., F, Hermon: Varney has been the near-perfect example of a player who does whatever his team needs him to do to win during his first two years with the Hawks. That unselfish role was not lost on rival Big East Conference coaches who named him a first-team league all-star last winter as he helped the Hawks capture the Class B state championship. Varney (11.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg) should be an even bigger scoring threat this winter in tandem with seniors Cody Hawes and Garrett Trask.
Cooper Wirkala, Sr. G-F, Oceanside: The 6-6 Wirkala should be the number one option in his final season for a Oceanside program that figures to be among the top contenders in Class B North. A first-team All-KVAC Class B selection last winter, he blends the size to be a defensive presence near the basket with the shooting range and ball handling skills to be a tough perimeter matchup.
Alex Brown, Sr. G, Mattanawcook Academy: Brown hopes to follow a strong junior year when he was named to the All-Penobscot Valley Conference first team by helping MA contend for the Class C North crown. He averaged 12 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 3.7 steals last winter as the Lynx reached the regional semifinals during their first tourney appearance in six years.
Caleb Delisle, Sr., F, Fort Kent: At 6-4, Delisle may spend more time closer to the basket this winter as he becomes the top frontcourt threat for a Fort Kent team that should challenge for the Class C North title. Delisle averaged 14 points, six rebounds and four assists per game last season, and Warriors’ coach Derrick Cooper cites basketball IQ and work ethic as key factors in his on-court performance.
Drew Hayward, Sr., G, Woodland: Hayward helped the Dragons capture the 2018 Class D North title and come within a single point of winning the state crown before dropping a 47-46 decision to Greenville in the gold-ball game. Hayward is comfortable as either a quarterback or scoring threat from the point-guard position for coach Ben Maloney’s club, averaging 14.7 points per game while earning Class D North all-tourney honors last February.