2010-1011 record: 9-14

Returning starters: Senior center Deniko Carter (6-feet, 5 inches)

Breakdown: New coach Matt Fannon has been handcuffed by an incomplete roster because of the football team's historic run.

But, once players from the gridiron convert to the court, Fannon will have a team he hopes can challenge the .500 mark.


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The Comets graduated seven seniors, but will be bolstered by the return of Carter, who averaged 14 points per game for half a season last year.

Carter is among the nine players on the football team who plan to try out, along with the eight players currently practicing on the hardwood.

Until Fannon gets a look at the football players, he won't know his official roster.

"This is unheard of for Catonsville," said Fannon, who coached the junior varsity the past two seasons before taking over varsity for Brian Barber.

At least he has background information on some players, including Carter and senior Sean Lipscomb (6-4), both of whom were on a junior varsity team that went 18-2 two years ago.

Lipscomb opted to run indoor track last year but plans to return to the hardwood.

Football fullback Julian Singletary also was on the JV hoop squad two years ago, but didn't play last year.

Nonfootball players, junior point guard James Baker (5-6) and junior power forward Jamal Tyson (6-3) were also on the talented JV team.

Savvy junior forward Kevin Sheppard (6-1) and sophomore perimeter threat Daniel Thompson (6-0) should also contribute.

Thompson was one of the top shooters on last year's 14-6 JV squad.

The rest of the Comet lineup is up in the air, because Fannon has never seen some of the football players on the basketball court.

"I cut down to eight players before the (Thanksgiving) break, but told them there are no guarantees until after the football players try out," Fannon said. "At least I did have some sort of idea (because of coaching JV) when I got the job."

Mount St. Joseph

2010-1011 record: 23-10

Returning starters: Senior forward Philip Lawrence (6-7), junior forward Lavon Long (6-6), junior guard Kameron Williams (6-2), sophomore guard Phil Booth (6-3).

Breakdown: With Lawrence being the lone senior, the Gaels appear to be young.