HOWARD COUNTY, MD — 2016-17 record: 6-5 county, 9-14 overall
Coach: Seth Willingham
Top players: Seniors Andrew Blanco (G); junior Kile Johnson (G)
What you need to know: Howard enters this season without second-team All-County guard Dequon Walker, the team’s leading scorer last year at 13.4 points per game. The Lions’ next highest scorers — guards Elijah Perkins-Cross, Jayden Cowan and forward Tanner Scaife — are also gone.
There’s not a lot coming back, but coach Seth Willingham is confident the group he does have can build on last season’s 6-5 county record.
“We lost 90 percent of our scoring from last year, but I honestly think we will have a better record this year over last year,” Willingham said. “We have great kids who have been working very hard.”
Willingham singled out senior Andrew Blanco and junior Kile Johnson as players to watch heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The backcourt duo will serve as Howard’s captains and should see major boosts in production as the Lions search for possible scoring options.
Willingham will also rely on five football players, both as starters and bench contributors: running backs Devin Dawkins and Robert Agbai, quarterback Gabe Williams, wide receiver Aiden O’Connor and linebacker Stephanos.