* Coach: Scott Cissell (first year).
* Last season: 6-18, lost to St. Xavier 85-29 in district semifinal.
* Player to watch: Junior Jaylen Childress, a 5-8 guard, averaged 4.5 points per game last season but should see that number improve. “He’s very athletic,” Cissell said. “He’s more of a slasher. He does a great job getting to the basket and finishing.”
* Other top players: G/F Justyn Powell (6-2, Sr., 5.0 ppg); G Andre Terrell (5-10, Sr., 7.3 ppg); G Jared Fife (5-10, So.); G Hashim Abdur-Rahman (5-5, So.); F Stanford Louden (6-3, Jr.).
* Outlook: Cissell, a former assistant at Waggener and Holy Cross, replaced Jeffrey Kemelgor as head coach during the off-season. Childress could play point guard, but Cissell is hopeful 5-11 freshman Collin Bynum will take the job and allow Childress to move to the wing. “The guys are really hungry to start winning here,” Cissell said. “They really bought in over the summer.”
* Coach: Dionte Mucker (second year).
* Last season: 8-15, lost to Male 73-38 in district semifinal.
* Player to watch: Senior Zachary George, a 5-11 senior point guard, is expected to be the Titans’ leader. “He’s lightning fast and can go end to end,” Mucker said. “He scores a lot of points in transition, and in the halfcourt he really looks to use his pull-up jumper.”
* Other top players: F Evan Foley (6-1, Sr.); F Daniel Rolen (6-4, Sr.); G Jack Severtson (5-11, Sr.); F John Steenrod (6-2, Jr.); G Alec Hertzman (6-1, So.); G Parker Duff (5-11, So.); F Nayaab Grewal (6-0, So.).
* Outlook: With Bryce Overstreet lost to graduation, the Titans will have to find someone to pick up the scoring slack. Mucker expects George and Foley to be the leading candidates. Hertzman will miss at least one more week after suffering a ruptured spleen in practice. “I think we’ll be more balanced and be a more defense-oriented team this season,” Mucker said.
* Coach: Larry Miller (fourth year).
* Last season: 17-16, lost to Ballard 77-53 in Seventh Region semifinal.
* Player to watch: Will Parker, a 6-7 senior forward, averaged 13.5 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 62.9 percent last season. He has scholarship offers from Bellarmine and Southern Indiana. “He has the chance to have a great year,” Miller said. “He’s been working a lot harder on his game … but we just need him to be more aggressive.”
* Other top players: G Brandon Horne (6-2, Sr., 10.7 ppg); G Chase Coleman (5-8, Jr.); G Javion Kinnison (6-2, Sr.); F Alex Cook (6-5, Jr.); F Hogan Brownley (6-4, So.); G Cory Bowman (5-10, Jr.).
* Outlook: Miller said his team can go 9-10 deep and is loaded with quick guards. His concerns are rebounding and toughness. “With all the depth we have, I thought they’d be killing each other in practice for playing time,” he said. “It’s kind of a laid-back team, and that’s a big concern.” The Bulldogs suffered a big blow when junior guard Deondrai Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury.
* Coach: Kevin Klein (seventh year).
* Last season: 21-9, lost to Trinity 51-40 in Seventh Region quarterfinal.
* Player to watch: Ashanti Burgess, a 6-1 senior guard, is the Tigers’ top returning scorer after averaging 12.2 points last season and also shooting 34 percent (55 of 162) from 3-point range. He also pitched in 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
* Other top players: F Lucas Miller (6-4, Sr., 8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg); F C.J. Shanklin (6-4, Sr.); G Connor McKim (6-2, Jr., 1.7 ppg); F William Olsen (6-3, Jr., 4.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg); G Josh Rudy (6-1, Sr., 1.6 ppg); F Austin Brian (6-5, Jr., 1.4 ppg); F Daniel Ryan (6-5, Jr.); F Nick Kitchen (6-3, Sr.).
* Outlook: The Tigers lost four of their top six scorers from last season to graduation, but Klein is expecting Burgess, Miller and Shanklin to emerge as senior leaders. Shanklin missed last season with a knee injury but had a strong summer “and will provide a big lift,” Klein said. McKim will be called on “to handle the ball, score and be a playmaker,” Klein said.