12 Players to Watch

JAMIR ANDREWS, guard, Sr., Dublin

Big reason why Gaels should challenge for DFAL title

JABARI BIRD, guard/forward, Sr., Salesian

Cal-bound swingman was East Bay Player of Year in 2011-12

MARIO DUNN, guard, Jr., Salesian

Leads talented stable of guards for Bay Area's best team

ALI FARUQBEY, guard, Sr., San Lorenzo

Looks to get Rebels into playoffs after missing 2011-12 postseason

RAE JACKSON, guard, Sr., El Cerrito

Is averaging over 15 points per game

MARCUS LEE, center, Sr., Deer Valley

Kentucky-bound big man looks to take next step

ELLIOTT PITTS, guard, Sr., De La Salle

Led Spartans to IHoop Gear Division title at MaxPreps Holiday Classic

IVAN RABB, forward, So., Bishop O'Dowd

One of nation's most sought-after recruits in class of 2015

ELLIOT SMITH, guard/forward, Jr., Freedom

Is averaging 13.4, 7.5 rebounds per game

LEO SMITH, guard, Sr., Oakland Tech

Is averaging 18.6 points and 7.7 assists per game

KENDALL SMITH, guard, Sr., Deer Valley

Among East Bay's top scorers at 23 points per game

TEMIDAYO YUSSUF, center, Sr.,

St. Joseph Notre Dame

Hopes to lead Pilots to third straight NCS Division V title

-- CURTIS PASHELKA