Cabral will be a factor inside as well as freshman forward/center Daniel Wilson (6-5) and junior forwards PJ Hefner (6-5) and Mike Mayer (6-6).

The Crusaders are stocked with guards.

Two returnees, senior Connor Norris (6-2) and junior Tre Hammer (6-2), are determined to have an impact.

Junior Jason Tucker (6-3) and freshmen Marcel Thompson (6-3), Patrick Buttarazzi (6-0) and Jordan Thompson (5-7) give Goldberg backcourt depth.

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2011 record: 6-17

Returning starters: senior center/forward Tim Jarosinski (6-3).

Breakdown: The Generals may not win a Baltimore County championship, but they may be among the most improved teams this winter.

"We are in midseason form and light years ahead of where we were at the beginning of last year," Towson second-year coach Tim Gavin said. "We got the kids playing in a summer and fall league. They got to play in a bunch of games."

Jarosinski is a strong forward who has great shooting range, quick feet and is very active around the basket.

He led the Generals in scoring (14 ppg) last year and finished second in rebounding (7.0 rpg).

"He can shoot from anywhere on the floor," Gavin said. "That's what makes it tough for other centers to guard him."

The role forward Larry Ennels (averaged 9.2 rebounds) played was a key to the Generals' inside game last year, but he graduated.

So Gavin expects improving senior power forward Tim Wheeler (6-4) to fill the void and give the frontcourt a boost.

"He really came on at the end of last year," Gavin said.

Junior forward Chance Goldring (6-2), senior forwards Riley O'Brien (6-0) and Gibson St. John (6-2) are options in the frontcourt.

Senior guard Avery Reneaux (5-7) and two guard/forwards, Elias Hilare (6-1), a JV promotion, and senior Jordan Riddick (5-11), can also help out.

Gavin likes his Generals' talent, but he likes their desire to succeed even more.

"They committed to being very successful after last year," the coach said. "Last year was my first year and now they are familiar with my philosophy. We want to double our wins and are willing to make sacrifices. You don't get that everywhere."