Daly will turn to sophomore small forward Kai Locksley (6-4), a transfer from New Mexico and the son of university of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, to be an offensive threat.

He is capable of shooting three pointers or posting up down low.

"He could be a double-double guy," Daly said. "He was a starter as a freshman on a New Mexico state finalist team. He is very athletic and has good sense for the game."

Daly will also be relying on the steady Grace to hit big shots. He averaged 14 points last year, but is expected to improve on that number.


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Junior point guard William McBride (5-11) can run the offense as a strong ballhandler and defender.

Watson will be the team's most-watched post player and is very valuable on the defensive end as well, averaging seven rebounds per game last season.

Senior forwards Matt Tilley (6-4) and Riley DeSmit (6-3) and junior forward Gavin Sheets (6-3) are the other key pieces to the frontline.

"In our starting lineup, we go 6-3, 6-4 and 6-5 and we have two guards who can really rebound," said Daly, a fourth-year coach. "So I think this could the best rebounding and defensive team

we've had."

Tom Worgo

Loch Raven

2011-2012 record: 13-11

Returning starters: senior forward Drew Wagner (6-3), senior guard/forward Elliot Wiley (6-2), junior guard Marqus Logan (5-10) and senior guard Jordan Johnson (5-11).

Breakdown: Bill Toole found the cupboard well-stocked when he took the Loch Raven job in the offseason after coaching the school's junior varsity last year.

And he's encouraged about the Raiders' prospects for success.

"It's a great job because (former coach) Doug Able has really developed the kids the past couple of years," said Toole, who worked as a Loch Raven varsity assistant two years ago. "They are a great, cohesive group. They play hard and they know what is expected of them."

Wiley is the primary outside scoring threat. His quick release is an asset.

"Our best athlete is Elliot," Toole said. "He has a great shot and is a slasher. He will have to take on most of the scoring."

Logan and senior Anton Wiggins (5-8) will be the playmakers. They are both good ones.

"I plan to start the one who is playing harder in practice," Toole said. "They will be batting it out the whole season. Marqus is more athletic. Anton is a heady point guard who is a pass-first guy. That might be what we need."