Despite the graduation of three three-year starters, Attica has the possibility to put together a successful season with returning starting point guard Brad Green and center Jacob Marcov from last year’s team that advanced to the sectional title game. Logan Harmeson also was on that roster and a talented, but inexperienced group will mix in during coach Jake Turner’s second season.
Coming off a sectional championship loss and the departure of two talented big men, Carroll will seek increased production from Spencer Sproul and Trey Filbrun, who combined for 12 points per game for an 11-11 team.
New coach Fonso White will try to resurrect a Clinton Central program that has won just 15 total games in the past seven seasons. The Bulldogs won their season opener against Delphi behind a double-double from Keenan Orr and Tommy Davidson’s 14 points, ending a 25-game losing streak.
Former state champion coach Jeff Henley inherits a talented Clinton Prairie team that includes 20-point per game scorer Kale Morris, along with returnees Drew Scott, Jacob Price, Jared Stillwell, Chase Joseph, Sam Schoonveld and Grant Ream.
After one season, Covington hired former Delphi coach Adam Ballard to take over an always talented program. Ballard has the luxury of seniors Halen Noble and Ryan Fletcher to go with juniors Luke Cooper, Ollie Pettit and Griffin Spring.
Six-foot-5 senior Konnor Smith leads Crawfordsville team that struggled to a 6-17 season but returns a lot, including junior guards Trent Johnson and Devin Guard.
The immediate results may not be there for Delphi, which graduated seven seniors and returns just one starter in Blaine Walters. Cade Murray, Weston Windell, Garrett Tomson, Kain Myer, Clay Corbin, Noah Prince and Daniel Jakes will all be counted on to have a team ready to compete come postseason.
Faith Christian was 9-9 before losing its final six games last season. The Eagles ended that skid with a season-opening victory. The Eagles return plenty of talent, led by senior guard Cam Berning. Austin Norton, Luke DeHahn, Nick Borga and Blaine Day. All are capable double-figure scorers.
Fountain Central had a great run with last year’s senior class. Now the Mustangs need to find returning players to fill in for 55 points per game that was lost. With 6-foot-9 senior Ladd Warner out until February with a torn ACL, Tyler Starkey is the only starter returning. Jake Van Cleave, Tim Ellis and Dallas Otero add quickness, joining Starkey on the perimeter.
Former Clinton Central coach Joe Smith is the new coach at Frontier, which will be led by Cole Fesler, Colt McCracken, Danyon McCracken and Zach Loy, along with returnees Dane Chapman and Seth Normington.
After a successful football season, many of the same key pieces will lead North Montgomery on the basketball court, including returning starters Caleb Randolph, Alex Parsons and Baylee Adams.
A 12-12 season for North White was something to build on as the Vikings return five starters and six contributors overall from that team. Seniors Luke Diener, Caleb Hendress, Clint Hendress, Jarod Shane and Javier Benitez will start and juniors Alex Cobb and Cameron Ruemler provide firepower off the bench.
With more than 90 percent of last season’s production gone, Rensselaer seeks growth from juniors Grant Myers, Luke Branson, Ben Hillan and Landon Balch, along with sophomore Jaylen Gilbert. Balch, a role player last season, is the Bombers’ lone varsity returnee.
Rossville will be able to have five scorers on the floor at all times, including returning starters Blake Miller, Matt Homco and Grant Mohler. Seniors Enrique Rangel, Christian Howard and Brent Tonsoni provide leadership for the back-to-back sectional champions.
Seeger nearly won a sectional title after a late-season surge. The Patriots look to take the next step with the return of talented senior duo Borden Kennedy and Josh Orahood. The senior-heavy roster also includes Nicholas McGowen, Calan Stover, Charles Fry-Schutt and Logan Stout.
It will have been 15 years since South Newton won a sectional title come March, but the Rebels quickly built themselves into a contender, going 15-9 last season. Returning starters John Dafcik, Skylar Sanders, Jarrett Hammel and Jay Hammel give the team plenty of firepower in coach Michael Hall’s patient offense.
Luck has not been on the side of Southmont the last two seasons as the Mounties have had starters miss 50 games for injury and illness. If healthy, this season could a boost for the program after nine combined wins during the last two years. The Mounties have their top three scorers and top four rebounders back in Jarrett Todd, Cam Chadd, Kaleb Swick and Jacob Budd.
Tri-County should again be strong despite some key losses from last year’s 21-6 sectional championship team. Seniors Ben Cook, Austin Schneider, Blake Justice and Trevor Miller, along with junior Nate Patton all were major contributors last season.