COACH: Craig Brehon
THE BUZZ: The Bruins lost top scorer Aaron Bacote (Old Dominion) but return 5-10 G Rakeen Brown, an emerging star who averaged 15.3 ppg last season. G DeShawn Barton (6.9 ppg) and F Karlus Grant (5.3 ppg) also are returning starters. The Bruins will always guard you on defense.
LAST SEASON: 15-10, 12-6 (T-3rd, lost to Landstown in Eastern Region first round).
COACH: James Daniel Jr.
THE BUZZ: Troy Williams is off to Oak Hill for his senior year. But returning is G James Daniel III (12.2 ppg, 3.1 apg), one of the district's best 3-point shooters. G Khaaliq Fletcher (7.4 ppg) will look to increase his scoring. F Josh Davis, a 6-5 transfer from Heritage, should be a nice addition.
LAST SEASON: 5-17, 4-14 (8th)
COACH: Michael Gardner
THE BUZZ: After six consecutive losing seasons, the Hurricanes might be ready for prime time this year. Heritage has a solid group returning led by 6-3 F Romello Anderson (12.3 ppg) and 6-0 G Marquise Johnson (7.3 ppg). Corey White, an athletic 6-5 junior, was all-district in volleyball.
LAST SEASON: 13-10, 11-7 (6th)
COACH: Erick Mays
THE BUZZ: The Wolverines were always a tough out last year and will give teams fits again with Air Force commitment Trevor Lyons (15.0 ppg) returning in the backcourt. Mays also has two freshmen who could make an immediate impact: 6-5 F Chris Orlina and 5-10 PG Devonte Carter.
LAST SEASON: 19-7, 12-6 (T-3rd, lost to Norview in Eastern Region quarterfinal).
COACH: Dennis Koutoufas.
THE BUZZ: Koutoufas has been a head coach for 27 years and believes this is his least-experienced team ever. The Monarchs lost all five starters from last year's playoff group and the top returning scorer is G Josh Knight (4.2 ppg). An intriguing addition is 6-7 DaQuan Lake from the Virgin Islands.
LAST SEASON: 1-20, 0-18 (10th)