With the fall season in the rearview mirror, local athletes are turning their attention to inside events on the hardwood for the winter months.
To find which team could become a driving force — or at least a modest success — this season, check the previews below.
2011-2012 record: 11-15
Returning starters: senior point guard Casey Rees (6-2) and senior shooting guards Colin Heacock (6-3) and Mac Pons (5-10).
Breakdown: The Lakers enter their second season under Cliff Rees and the coach is counting on bigger and better things.
A winning record is practically a must. Boys' Latin has that much potential with the trio of Casey Rees, Heacock and senior forward Brendan Fields (6-3), a transfer from Washington state.
"We are certainly more athletic this year and we have much greater potential to score," Rees said. "I really have pretty high expectations for this group."
Casey Rees knows the system, plays with toughness and can shoot accurately, averaging 18.6 points per game last year.
His scoring prowess could help him make a run at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference scoring title.
Rees and Heacock were both all-conference picks last year.
"He has really worked on his shooting," Cliff Rees said. "I am expecting to see greatly improved outshooting from him."
Heacock is capable of breaking almost any press, and once down court, is not afraid to pull the trigger.
"He is just athletically a freak," Rees said. "He is big, strong, fast and shoots and handles the ball well. It's a huge advantage to have a guy like that handling the ball for you."
Fields will be in the spotlight as well and should have a huge impact.
Two other newcomers to the varsity, junior guard Jordan Brooks (6-2), a transfer from Archbishop Spalding and sophomore forward Blair Brooks (6-0), should also give the Lakers production on the starting unit.
Pons, senior guard DJ Willoughby (5-10), senior forwards Jamal Perkins (6-3) and Jake Walsh (6-2), junior forward Frederick Bopst (6-2), junior guard Austin Brown (5-9), sophomore guard Devin Shewell (5-10) and freshman guard Logan Wisnauskas (6-1) hope to contribute.
"I am very pleased with the depth I have," Rees said. "I am confident in a lot of guys coming off the bench. It gives us the ability to pressure more defensively."