Moody (14.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg last winter) and Thomas (12.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg) are the team's horses down low and have the potential to be as good as any interior duo in the area. Everything runs through them, with plenty of capable role players slotted around the perimeter to make teams pay for double teams. Sandler was a starter last year and averaged 4.8 points a game. He will get backcourt help from fellow guards like senior Blake Coddington, junior Mike Titus and freshman Mike Heitzmann.
2011-12 record: 14-5, 17-6
Top players: Seniors Kalonji Callaway (G) and Eric Handy (F).
What you need to know: It was a breakthrough year last winter for the Wildecats, who improved by seven county victories and finished tied for second in the league. The bad news is that the top four scorers from that squad graduated, including a pair of double-digit guys in Dante and Devaughn Garner.
That means guys like Handy (7.8 ppg as a junior) and Calloway (2.7 ppg) will be asked to step up as leaders. Those two, along with forward Nick Matthews, are the only seniors on the roster. Support will be provided by several standouts from last year's strong JV team. Devon Groves and Khari Jackson lead that group.
Expect the Wildecats to rely on their guards, play a lot of man-to-man defense and push the tempo.
2011-12 record: 8-8 MIAA A, 18-14
Top players: Seniors Kevin Boyd (G) and Warren Powers (F); junior Chancellor Barnard (G).
What you need to know: The Dragons bring back their top two scorers in Powers and Boyd, along with a talented wing player in Barnard. Those three combined to average nearly 35 points a game last season and are the backbone of the team's defense. "Our strengths will be experience and defense, which is at the foundation of our basketball program," coach Kevin Quinlan said.
In all there are three guys on the roster who are four-year varsity guys, with Miguel Flores joining Boyd and Powers in that group. In addition to the star power, Glenelg Country has depth as well. Junior Boris Rajovic is a 6-foot-9 post-player from Montenegro that is in his first year with the program. Also keep an eye on sophomore guard Darryl Williams, who Quinlan says "made tremendous strides in terms of skill and agility in the offseason."
2011-12 record: 7-10 MIAA B, 15-16
Top players: Seniors Gordie Frierson (G), Chika Obi (C) and Traye Russell (G); junior Terrell Willis (G).
What you need to know: With a balanced mix of returning experience and talented younger players, the Yellowjackets certainly have the pieces to improve on last year's .500 record in conference play. Gordie Frierson, who made 58 3-pointers last winter, and Russell are the team's captains, while Obi is a multi-year starter that averaged 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game as a junior. Fellow senior Brinton Amobi is also expected to play a key role.
Willis is new to the program, having transferred in after spending time at Dematha/Archbishop Spalding earlier in his career, and is expected to make an immediate impact. He leads a group of underclassmen that also includes junior Chris Grandy, along with sophomores Malik Grandy and Matthew Frierson.
Consistency may be the biggest key, as Chapelgate failed to string more than three wins in a row together at any point last season.