Coach Paul Ellis describes his team as senior-heavy and guard-heavy, but he thinks this will be one of the best Wilde Lake teams he's put on the court.
"We can play aggressive defense, we're quick and we have good chemistry," Ellis said. "We're unselfish."
As of Saturday, Ellis had not made final cuts or determined several borderline eligibility cases. He had nine seniors, but that total may be trimmed.
Among the players certain to make the roster are three potential all-county athletes: 5-foot-11 senior point guard Terrence Butler, 6-2 senior swing man Seth Willingham and 6-6 senior center Sule Carpenter.
"Butler really blossomed for us last year and can move the ball," Ellis said. "He won't do a lot of scoring but can shoot."
Willingham was the Wildecats' third-leading scorer last season with a 15.7 average. He scored 27 points in a game against Mt. Hebron. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists and had 73 steals. He shot 37 percent (115-for-313) from the floor.
Carpenter didn't start but played a lot last season and appears ready to assume a more important role. He's an agile-and-active rebounder who can take it to the hoop.
A fourth starter will be Charnier DeVillasee, a 6-0 senior guard who is a good shooter and saw substantial playing time last season.
Four juniors have graduated from the JV.
Brian Sterling is a junior guard whose forte is shooting. Will Edison is a junior point guard who can shoot and handle the ball well.
Tony DeSantis is a junior forward who contributes intelligence and aggressiveness. Nick Thomas is another junior guard.
Wilde Lake won four of its last five games to finish 12-12 overall and 6-8 in the league last season. The Wildecats then lost to Milford Mill, 79-74, in the regional semifinals.
The Wildecats have not won a county title since 1978 and are hoping to end that streak this season.