Returning starters: Senior guard/forward Mark Roethleitner (6-3) and senior guard Michael Ginsburg (5-8).

Breakdown: The Justin McKnight-era at Park is set to tip off with renewed hope, renewed vigor and a deep playoff run.

The new coach feels this is the season the Bruins will reach their full potential competing in the MIAA C Conference.

"I do expect to do much better than in the past," said McKnight, who replaces longtime coach Josh Wolf after guiding the Park junior varsity to a 20-6 record the past two seasons. "There were a couple of years they didn't get to the playoffs, and one year they got bumped in the first round. We should be able to get to the championship."


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McKnight said one reason is his familiarity with the several players on the roster with whom he worked running the program's freshman-sophomore team during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

"I have coached most of these guys for three or four years," McKnight explained.

Ginsburg has good athleticism and court savvy. His passing skills and desire to win should be a tremendous help to the Bruins as a take-charge type of player.

"He is a real leader, and I like this toughness," McKnight said. "When Michael has the ball in his hands, good things happen. And the offense flows exceptionally well."

Expect Rothleitner to be the Bruins' leading scorer.

"He will be our go-to guy," said McKnight, noting has received interest from University of Buffalo and Wells College. He is fast, athletic and explosive. He really looked good in the St. Paul's summer league."

McKnight feels three other returning players — senior forward Drew Goldfarb (6-0), sophomore forward Idris Mitchell (6-3) and senior guard Jake Abrams (5-11) — will be solid contributors, offensively and defensively.

Four players promoted from last year's JV, senior guard Max Berner (5-9), junior forward Randy Conney (5-11), junior guard Reid Danels (5-8) and senior forward Wayne Cottman (6-0), also should see some quality minutes.