Boys' Latin

2011 record: 5-18

Returning starters: senior forward Matthew Rees (6-4), junior forward Colin Heacock (6-3) and junior guard Mac Pons (5-10).

Breakdown: If it's true that there's no substitute for experience, then Lakers' coach Cliff Rees may be one of the most envied coaches in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference, considering Boys' Latin returns eight players.

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And they will be the ones who will have to play a vital role if the Lakers are to turn things around — or at least show some improvement.

"I think they have been pretty young the last couple of years, which I think hurt them," said Rees, a first-year coach. "We are a year older and a year more mature. Based on that, we are going to do better."

One of the Lakers' best players, Heacock, works in the paint. He doesn't mind banging, but also possesses a nice scoring touch.

The Lakers will have him for a full season after he transferred from Loyola Blakefield late last year. He only played in five games last season.

"He is an extremely athletic player," Cliff Rees said. "He made a huge difference once he starting playing last year. I am expecting huge thing out of him."

Rees' son Matthew could also flourish. He offers additional scoring and rebounding.

"He has to be the big guy for us," Cliff Rees said. "He has to grabbing rebounds, boxing out and taking care of the paint for us."

Junior forward Jamal Perkins (6-4) and sophomore forward Shack Stanwick (6-2) will also help out in the front court.

Pons will run the show for the Lakers and Cliff Rees hopes the athletic junior can energize the offense.

Seniors Rob White (6-1), Geron Brooks (5-8) and Brandon Cherry (5-7) and Rees' other son, Casey (6-1), a junior, will be needed to solidify the backcourt.

Cliff Rees, who be coaching in high school for the first time, won't be easy on the Lakers.

He played college basketball at the Naval Academy with NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson and went to the NCAA tournament three times.

"It's been kind of ruling with an iron fist early on," Rees said. "Setting rules, guidelines and standard of expectations. And making sure the kids are going to live up to those expectations."

Calvert Hall

2010 record: 15-15

Returning starters: Senior point guard Julian Davis (6-1), senior forward Justin Beck (6-2) and senior forward Denzel Richardson (6-3).