This year's Vikings should be a squad that develops as the season progresses.

"We'll see who can step up and play," Karpers said. "Spots are open and playing time is up for grabs."

A pair of sophomore forwards, Tyler Jones (6-3) and Edrick Mallard (6-3), should be in the mix.

"The young sophomores have been bright spots," Karpers said.

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They are among the promoted JV players that will also include junior frontcourt players Trevor Morris (6-4) and Shawn Brown (6-2), along with junior perimeter players Brad Childress (6-2), Zach Cutright (5-10), Trevor Kelly (6-2) and Tyler March (5-8).

New additions include senior point guards Davon Bailey (5-10), a transfer from Poly, and Hosea Williams (5-8), senior shooting guard David Pugh (5-10) and junior forward Joey Cox (5-10).

Although the Vikings lack bulk inside, Karpers is confident his front line can do the job.

"We've got some guys who play bigger than they are listed," Karpers said.

Western Tech

2010-1011 record: 12-8

Returning starters: Senior forward Andre Jackson (6-6), senior center Keith Crowell (6-5), senior shooting guard James Handy (6-0), senior point guard Cory Tabb (5-9).

Breakdown: Expectations are high with a slew of returning starters and a balanced attack that is bigger than past Wolverine squads.

Senior center Devin Gibson (6-6) will join Crowell and Jackson (6-4) to form an imposing frontline.

"We're pretty large this year," third-year coach Mike Slepesky said. "Western Tech is historically small."

Jackson, athletic and versatile, will be helped by junior forward Coyet Goodman (6-2) and junior shooting guard Tre Beverly (5-9), both of whom should provide an additional spark.

Senior Nelson Jones (6-0) is a backcourt veteran off the bench and juniors Khalil Edwards (6-0), Tyrell Laster (6-0) and Brandon Luster (5-8) should add to the rotation on the perimeter.

Earl Holly (6-0), Daquane Skipwith (6-1) and Donald Imes (6-0) lend depth at the wing positions.

"My expectations are high and theirs are really high," Slepesky said. "They want to win the division, be about 15-3 and advance further in the playoffs."


2011 record: 10-10