Returning starters: 4

Coach Owen Daly's quote: "We feel it's the right time to move up to the A Conference. In the past, we have been able to beat one A Conference team every year."

Breakdown: Daly sees a benefit in having four returning starters from a team that lost in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference final last year to Pallotti.

Daly needs that experienced lineup as the Greyhounds move up to the 10-team A Conference.

His team will be sharply focused on a postseason berth.

"We will be competing for a playoff spot," Daly said. "The demands of the A Conference schedule will tell us if we can make it."

With the graduation of shooting guard Ben Grace, who is now playing at UMBC, junior small forward Kai Locksley (6-5) will be the team's go-to guy after averaging 18 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last year.

Locksley, who starts at quarterback on the Greyhounds' football team, will also be Gilman's defensive stopper.

"He is so explosive and a jack-of-all-trades," Daly said of Locksley, who has received football offers from Florida State and Alabama. "He can give you a double-double and defend the other team's best player."

Senior center Cory Watson (6-5, 220 pounds) should be able to push and shove with the big boys in the A Conference.

He led the Greyhounds in rebounding last year, averaging 8.5 per outing.

Gilman is set in the backcourt with sophomore point guard Everett Winchester (6-3) and senior shooting guard William McBride (6-0).

Junior guard/forward Matt Egan (6-3) and sophomore forward John Fitzgerald (6-3) are competing for the final starting spot.

Daly loves the potential of freshmen guards Douglas Cooper (6-0), Donald Duncan (5-10) and guard/forward Tyler Foster (6-3).

Junior guard Andy Matthews (5-10), sophomore forward Devery Hamilton (6-6), junior guard Torben Ginsberg (5-11) and junior forward Ben Moore (6-3) round out the squad.

Loch Raven

2012-2013 record: 17-6

Returning starters: 1

Coach Bill Toole's quote: "It will be hard to duplicate what we did last year. The guys we had last year were pretty experienced."

Breakdown: The Raiders might be in a position to start over, considering a sizable hole in the backcourt.