Coach: Anthony Menard
Top players: Vincent Nelson, 6-3 sr. F; Mike Porter, 6-2 sr. F; Mike Ritchens, 5-10 jr. G; Jeff Young, 6-2 jr. G; Shon Lowe, 5-9 so. G; Aaron Johnson, 6-4 so. F; Fernando Poesi, 5-10 jr. G.
Outlook: Youth is everywhere with the departure of 12 seniors. Will have to make up for lack of experience with speed and hustle. Menard, who previously coached at Weaver, Plainville and Rockville, takes over after the departure of long-time coach Ray Page.
E.O. Smith (Storrs)
Coach: Ron Pires
Top players: Mike Evanovich, 6-7 jr. F; Steve Guyette, 5-10 sr. G; Justin Cheney, 6-1 sr. F; Bryce Cheney, 6-5 sr. C; Alex Stuart, 5-11 sr. G; Ben Spencer, 6-0 jr. G; Barrett Ames, 5-11 sr. G; Brad Durr, 6-7 jr. C.
Outlook: Plenty of experience returns in Guyette, the Cheney twins and All-CCC East pick Evanovich (15 ppg, 8 rpg). A more cohesive unit than last season. Need to improve defense and rebounding to avoid a repeat of last year's 1-7 start.
Coach: Cory O'Connell
Top players: Ryan Aiken, 6-4 sr. F; Dan Barrett, 6-1 sr. G; Visna Ngov, 5-9 sr. G; Tyrell Bowen, 6-2 sr. F; Bryan Jambard, 6-0 sr. G.
Outlook: First-year coach has to replace starting lineup and is working to change program's perspective. Team will improve but lack of experience could be hard to overcome.
Coach: Ed Quick
Boys Basketball Capsules
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