Senior forward PJ Hefner (6-4) and senior center Michael Mayer (6-6) add experience to the frontcourt and seniors Pat Buttarazzi (6-1) and sophomore returnee Marcel Thompson (6-3) return to the backcourt.

Juniors Liam Anderson (6-3) and Zach Buhl (5-11) join the varsity along with sophomores Blake Brown (5-9), Juwan Kearson (5-7) and Randy Gregory (5-7) and freshman Zach Bare (5-11).

"All of these young guys have surprised us," Goldberg said.

St. Paul's was eliminated by St. Vincent Pallotti in a playoff semifinals last season and will be gunning for its first title since 2010


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"The No. 1 thing we need is experience," Goldberg said. "I love their effort and chemistry."

Craig Clary

Towson

Record last year: 7-16

Returning starters: Senior guard Chance Goldring (6-4).

Breakdown: Although Goldring is the only returning starter who played nearly every game, the Generals had a trio of senior guards who started several games, namely Elias Hilair (6-3), Amry Majeed (5-11) and James Frieson (5-7).

Hilair developed physically during the offseason and is capable of playing any position on the floor.

Darran Cole (6-2), a senior transfer from Poly who never played basketball for the Engineers, bolsters the backcourt.

Junior Sebastian Ambeiger (6-9) has shown significant improvement and could be one of the tallest players in Baltimore County.

"He's really long, and he's definitely going to help us because of his size," coach Tim Gavin said.

Senior Mark Russell (6-3), who missed last season because of knee surgery, could help underneath, along with juniors Charlie O'Melaia (6-5), Kenny Hill (6-3) and Kamil Essian (6-3), a transfer from Friends.

Sharp-shooting senior guard Andrew Mills (5-10), senior Will Boyd (6-0) and juniors Nyekwon Carter (5-9) and Colby Hagan (5-7) add backcourt depth.

Carter was the leading scorer on the junior varsity last season.

"We are really deep," Gavin said. "I think our biggest strength is we are extremely athletic and fast, and we can get up and down the floor. We've got guys here who can do things we haven't seen since I've been here the past three years."

Craig Clary