Other backcourt candidates include seniors Khirhy Hayes (5-10) and Andrew Howell (6-1), juniors Christopher Simon (6-1), Jordan Johnson (6-1) and Nevin Sugar (6-0) and sophomore Marcus Logan (6-0).

Wiley, Sugar and Magtanong are the most dangerous perimeter threats, but they won't be the only weapons.

"I think we are going to have a very balanced attack," Able said. "We are going to run up and down the floor, control the tempo and transition well."

Able is also looking forward to facing his alma mater, Calvert Hall, on Dec. 22.

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"I think we are going to be pretty good this year," he said.

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2010 record: 9-17

Returning starters: Senior guards Matt Dunn (6-2) and Dan Vigus (6-1), senior forward Jon Moran (6-5), senior swingman Jordan Floyd (6-2) and junior guard Mitch Cross (6-1).

Breakdown: Coach Josh Davalli has plenty of experience returning to the fold for a team that lost its share of close games last season.

Like last year, the Dons will rely on a patient offense that prefers to launch from the outside or look for backdoor cuts, regardless of how long it takes to find the most opportune scoring moment.

"It doesn't matter if it takes five seconds or 35 seconds," Davalli said. "We need to look for the best shot and value every possession."

The key to the Dons' attack is versatility.

For instance, Dunn and Floyd can both bang the boards and handle the ball for a team that has the potential to use its experience to get out of sticky situations.

"This is a unique opportunity for us, with so many guys returning," Davalli said.

That said, many MIAA and BCL rivals will bring bigger and more talented to the court, although Davalli's bunch should be savvy enough by now to stay at least in the game.


2010 record: 7-11

Returning starters: Senior guard john Nunes (5-9) and senior Jordan Smith (6-0).

Breakdown: Although last year's record reads like the name of a national convenience-store chain, there was nothing easy about the excellent job coach Paul Schildwachter did in making over a one-win team.

That said, the coach will have to work his magic again this season on a new group that doesn't have the experience of last year's squad.