2011-2012 record: 12-16
Returning starters: Senior small forward Wesley Blackwell (6-2) and junior point guard Sean Mayberry (6-2).
Breakdown: While Blackwell and Mayberry will be key contributors for the Cardinals, sophomore Drew Edwards is the player that is drawing the most attention from big-time collegiate programs.
"By the end of the year, Drew was playing a crucial role for us," Calvert Hall coach John Bauersfeld said, noting the Georgetown University and the universities of Maryland and Arizona are the leading schools currently on the shooting guard's wish list. "We had to win four straight games down the stretch to get into the (MIAA A Conference) playoffs, and he's a big reason why we made it."
Junior Eric Evans (6-4) will work inside with sophomore newcomer Evan Phoenix (6-7), a transfer from Kent Island.
Another transfer, junior Christopher Wallace (6-3), from New Town, will work all over the floor as a key sub with senior point guard Marlon Hynson (6-0) and senior shooting guard Denny Grace (5-11).
"We're a little less athletic than last year, but we play together a little better," Bauersfeld said. "We have a lot of guys now who can make shots."
2011-2012 record: 13-9
Returning starters: senior forward/guard Gavan Scanlan (6-6) and senior shooting guard Zack Hill (6-2).
Breakdown: Since the Lions lost prolific scoring guard Will Darley to graduation, they will be without an obvious go-to guy.
But Dulaney still has some working parts, including Scanlan, who can play three different positions and is a strong defender. He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game last year.
Dulaney coach Matt Lochte said Scanlan is getting some interest from Division I colleges.
"He is looking at Lafayette, Navy and West Point," the coach said. "He has a high basketball I.Q."
Hill is another blossoming player, one who could finish with a double-digit scoring average.
"He is getting some Division III looks," Lochte said.
Inside, the Lions boast improving senior center Robert Picka (6-10, 265 pounds).
"We have a big man we love," Lochte said. "His father was drafted by the Celtics. He has a huge upside. He is focused on basketball and we are really excited."
Lochte is banking on the development of junior point guard Jason Lawson (5-8) and senior guard Jordan Williams (6-1) to help the Lions to another winning record.
"I think we can play for a spot in the county championship," Lochte said. "We have more balance this year. Last year, we got caught watching Will too much."