Here’s a team-by-team, sectional-by-sectional look at area boys basketball (teams ranked in order, by sectional):
Zionsville (19-7) – The Eagles won more games last year than they had in any of coach Shaun Busick’s previous nine seasons, but they graduated a talented senior class. Cassius Smits-Francisco, a 6-9 junior (6.0 ppg, 4.5 rebounds) is healthy and ready to go. Riley Bertram, a 6-foot sophomore (7.0 ppg, 2.5 assists), 6-3 senior Jack Pilcher (5.0 ppg), 6-3 senior Jordan Cox (3.0 ppg) and talented 5-11 freshman Isaiah Thompson also are expected to start.
Lafayette Jeff (14-10)
West Lafayette Harrison (14-10)
Carmel (23-3) – The Greyhounds start a bit of a new chapter with Ryan Cline now a freshman at Purdue. Coach Scott Heady will rely on 6-5 senior Preston Flamion (8.7 ppg, 4.8 rebounds) as the top returner, along with 6-7 senior Trent Richardson (3.6 ppg, 3.4 rebounds), 5-11 junior Sterling Brown (2.7 ppg) and 6-foot junior Ethan Merriweather (3.9 ppg) as players with varsity experience. Carmel is looking for a fifth consecutive Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title.
Fishers (13-11) – Coming off a Hoosier Crossroads Conference title, the Tigers appear to be built for another good season. Joe Leonard’s team will be led by 6-8 senior Cameron Wolter (12.3 ppg, 8.0 rebounds), 6-6 senior Lance Dollison (10.3 ppg, 3.3 rebounds), 5-11 senior Zach Eaton (5.4 assists), 6-foot senior Andre Small (5.3 ppg, 2.6 assists) and 5-10 junior Reid Stephens (2.8 ppg).
Hamilton Southeastern (9-17) – The Royals are coming off their first losing season in Brian Satterfield’s 14 years as coach. HSE will rely on 6-7 junior Zach Gunn (18.2 ppg, 10.2 rebounds) as its top offensive threat, while 6-3 senior Greg Miller (6.7 ppg, 2.5 rebounds), 6-8 sophomore Brennan Schofield (3.4 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-foot senior J.D. Bembry (3.0 ppg) and 6-1 junior Austin Holzum (1.6 ppg) also have varsity experience. Satterfield has 12 other players, including freshmen Aaron Etherington and Noah Smith, who could help.
Noblesville (13-11) – The Millers look to build off a solid season led by 6-5 senior John Kiser (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rebounds), an Indiana Junior All-Star last year. Other potential starters are 6-1 junior McGwire Plumer (3.0 ppg, 2.0 assists), 6-1 junior Max Flinchum (2.0 ppg), 6-3 senior Ryan Ogden (2.0 ppg) and 6-4 senior Brandon Barthel (2.0 ppg). A big junior class will add depth, including 6-2 forward Grant Bullard and 6-3 forward Nolan Ginther.
Guerin Catholic (22-8) – Guerin moves up to Class 4A under the IHSAA’s tournament success factor. The defending 3A state champs will bring back 6-5 senior Christian Munson (15.0 ppg), 5-10 junior Matthew Godfrey (8.0 ppg, 3.4 rebounds), 6-2 senior Calen Cunningham (3.0 ppg) and 5-9 senior point guard Cameron Lindley, as he juggles his responsibility with the U.S. National Soccer program. Guerin doesn’t have the size it’s had the past few years.
Westfield (4-19) – Shane Sumpter takes over after seven years as the girls’ coach. He’ll lean on 6-5 senior Charlie Warner (18.7 ppg, 4.6 rebounds), one of the area’s more underrated players. There are other experienced players returning, including 6-3 junior Ian Kristensen (9.6 ppg), 6-1 junior Sawyer Olson (6.8 ppg, 3.7 rebounds), 6-1 junior Conner Osswald (5.5 ppg) and 6-3 senior Robbie Lynch (5.0 ppg). The Shamrocks are looking for their first winning season in four years.
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Mt. Vernon (13-9) – Coach Travis Daugherty returns his entire team, starting with 6-foot junior Michael Ertel (15.3 ppg, 3.0 assists) and 6-5 junior Erick Shepherd (13.3 ppg, 6.1 rebounds). The other returning starters are 6-foot senior Miles Wayer (10.6 ppg, 43 percent 3s), 6-4 senior Michael Thompson (9.5 ppg, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists) and 6-5 junior James McCloud (5.5 ppg, 3.6 rebounds). Others in mix are 6-5 senior Abraham Hadley, 6-3 senior Matt Hays and 6-foot sophomore Damari Gatewood.
Pendleton Heights (17-7) – Former assistant Kevin Bates takes over a program that hasn’t had a losing season since 1998-99. The Arabians return three starters — 5-10 senior Kenton Dunham (10.4 ppg, 4.4 assists), 6-3 junior Mark Albers (10.3 ppg, 3.0 rebounds) and 6-3 senior Max Grbic (2.7 ppg). Trent Miller, a 6-2 sophomore, and Brandon Helpling, a 6-2 junior, likely will join them as starters. Eli Pancol, a 6-3 freshman, could be a factor.
Greenfield-Central (10-15) – The Cougars return four starters, led by 6-6 senior guard and UIndy recruit Tate Hall (15.6 ppg, 5.5 rebounds). Coach Michael Lewis also brings back 6-3 senior Blake Robertson (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-2 senior Kirill Schoellman (9.0 ppg, 40 percent 3s) and 5-10 senior Chandler Bean (6.0 ppg, 4.0 assists). Will O’Connor, a 6-5 sophomore, also is likely to start. Led by Hall, Greenfield-Central could have first winning season in 12 years.
New Castle (9-12)
Lawrence North (19-6) – The Wildcats should be among the top teams in the state in Jack Keefer’s 40th season as coach. A strong core of returners led by 6-7 sophomore Kevin Easley (11.0 ppg, 10.0 rebounds), 5-9 sophomore Antwaan Cushingberry (7.0 ppg), 6-7 senior Wes Bender (9.0 ppg, 8.0 rebounds), 6-foot Jaylen McKay (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rebounds), 6-9 junior Ra Kpedi (6.0 ppg) and 6-2 senior Ethan Jarrett (7.0 ppg) are joined by 6-3 senior and Warren Central transfer Djimon Henson and 6-4 freshman Dexter Shouse.
North Central (16-6) – Kris Wilkes, a 6-8 junior, will lead the charge for coach Doug Mitchell’s team after averaging 17.4 points and 5.5 rebounds a year ago. Antonio Singleton (8.2 ppg), a 6-5 senior, and 6-3 senior Tyrie Johnson (6.4 ppg, 4.1 rebounds) also are returning starters. Emmanuel Little (4.2 ppg, 3.9 rebounds), a 6-6 junior, and 6-1 junior Mateo Rivera (4.9 ppg) will step into bigger roles. Seniors James Gates (6-4), Delvon Hunt (6-foot) and Henry Taylor (6-3) will provide depth, among others.
Cathedral (13-10) – The Irish will be strong at the guard position, led by 6-3 senior Eron Gordon (24.1 ppg), 6-2 senior Jordan Walker (14.3 ppg, 5.6 rebounds) and 6-foot junior Tra Landers (7.1 ppg). The other projected starters are 6-2 senior Matt Paligraf (6.0 ppg) and 6-3 junior Austin Kendrick (3.4 ppg, 5.4 rebounds). Jarron Coleman, a 6-4 sophomore, averaged 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds last season. James Franklin, a 5-10 freshman, will be in the mix.
Lawrence Central (11-13) – The Bears could be in for an excellent year in Al Gooden’s second season as coach. Kyle Guy, a 6-3 guard, was an Indiana Junior All-Star last year and averaged 19.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He’s joined in the backcourt by 6-2 senior Mekhi Biffle (15.9 ppg, 4.0 rebounds) and 5-8 junior Daveon Bell (4.2 ppg). The frontcourt is led by 6-5 senior Nash Griffin (4.6 ppg, 3.0 rebounds) and 6-7 senior Ben Resner (2.5 ppg, 2.3 rebounds). Marlon Sam, a 6-1 junior, averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds last year.
Tech (15-9) – The Titans will be led by Florida State-bound guard C.J. Walker (23.8 ppg, 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals), one of the top contenders this season for IndyStar Mr. Basketball. The Titans don’t have a lot of experience around Walker, though senior Mario Nalls (5.8 ppg, 3.0 rebounds) transferred in from Lawrence Central. Other contributors will be 6-3 senior Chris King, 6-5 junior Ernest Myles (4.4 ppg, 4.9 rebounds), junior Samir J. Hayes and 6-5 junior Willie Patterson.
Warren Central (10-12) – First-year coach Criss Beyers takes over a program replacing a lot of key pieces, though 5-10 senior Bishop Smith is a talented and experienced guard. He’ll be joined by 6-2 junior Mack Smith, 6-1 junior Trequan Spivey, 5-9 junior Jamar Kinnebrew, 6-4 junior Paul Minor and 6-2 junior King Tyler as players who should contribute.
Southport (23-3) – The Cardinals look to win a sectional for the first time since 2000, led by 6-10 senior and Butler recruit Joey Brunk (16.5 ppg, 9.0 rebounds) and 6-3 junior Paul Scruggs (17.3 ppg, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists). There is a solid supporting cast with 6-3 senior Eli Walton (5.6 ppg, 2.3 rebounds), 6-5 senior Luke Johnston (3.2 ppg, 2.7 rebounds) and 6-foot junior Blake Evans (1.3 ppg), among others. It’s a deep and well-rounded team.
Pike (18-9) – The Red Devils shoot for a sixth consecutive sectional title, led by 6-foot senior Justin Thomas (13.1 ppg, 3.4 assists, 2.8 steals) and 6-foot junior Justin Roberts (13.1 ppg, 3.3 assists). Another guard, 6-2 senior Derek Hawthorne (8.7 ppg, 3.2 rebounds), also has significant varsity experience. Durante Lee, a 6-5 senior, averaged 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds last season. Coach Bill Zych has a several junior varsity players moving up, including 6-4 senior R.J. Cook, 6-5 junior Isiah James, 5-11 junior Elijah Pennington and 6-5 sophomore Darian Porch. Freshman Brandon Vernon, a 6-4 wing, could earn time.
Ben Davis (18-8) – The lone returning starter for veteran coach Mark James is junior guard Datrion Harper (4.8 ppg, 2.0 assists). Others with varsity experience are 6-4 junior LeShaun Minor (3.8 ppg, 2.4 rebounds), 6-2 junior TreVaughn Bush (2.7 ppg), 6-foot senior Ian Dieters (2.2 ppg, 2.2 rebounds) and 6-5 senior Josh Brewer (1.5 ppg). Others who will help are 6-5 sophomore Aaron Henry, junior Jalen Newsom and 6-6 senior Naeem Freeman.
Decatur Central (11-11) – New coach John Ashworth takes over a program that returns 6-foot senior Antoine Divine (18.3 ppg, 3.0 rebounds) as its top player. Cameron Buck, a 5-10 senior, averaged 2.5 points last year and 6-3 senior Matt McGowen (3.8 ppg) is the third senior. Gary Wright, a 6-2 junior, has varsity experience. A talented sophomore class includes 6-3 Damani McEntire (7.7 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals) and 5-11 Tyrone Tracy (5.3 ppg, 3.4 rebounds).
Roncalli (15-7) – The Rebels will be starting over a bit after the graduation of Jimmy King. They have just one senior on the roster with 6-foot guard Andrew Fey (2.1 ppg). But 6-9 junior Collin Sonderman (4.5 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 58 percent shooting) and 6-foot junior Christian Stewart (3.1 ppg) are talented players. Moving up from the junior varsity are 6-7 junior Jackson McHugh, 6-foot junior Alex Kuntz and several talented sophomores.
Perry Meridian (12-10) – Coach Brent Keck’s team loses a big-time scorer in graduated senior Dylan Windler, but there is some talent and size on the roster. Nate Mills, a 6-5 junior, averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds last season at Plainfield. Others returning are 6-foot junior Brandon Perry (10.0 ppg), 5-10 junior T.J. Comer (3.0 ppg), 6-6 junior David Jackson, 5-10 sophomore Jalen Lee, 6-8 senior Dusty Baird (3.0 ppg) and 6-2 senior Jackson Gambrall (2.0 ppg), among others.
Mooresville (19-5) – Three starters return for coach Bob Carter, including 6-1 senior KC Earls (14.5 ppg, 3.7 rebounds, 41 percent 3s), who is 23 games away from playing more games than any player in program history. Other returning starters are 6-3 senior Landon Harder (7.5 ppg) and 6-7 senior Luke Kenney (5.3 ppg, 4.5 rebounds). Cameron Harris (4.5 ppg), a 6-2 senior, is coming off knee surgery, and 6-6 senior Trent Porter moves up from junior varsity.
Terre Haute South (16-8)
Avon (6-15) – The Orioles should be improved, led by 5-10 senior Jack McCue (12.9 ppg, 41 percent 3s), 5-11 senior Jordan Peterson (7.5 ppg) and 6-5 Fishers transfer Shawn Moore. There is depth with 6-4 senior Antoin Clifton (2.2 ppg), 6-1 senior Andrew Griffin (2.5 ppg, 3.2 rebounds), 6-3 senior Ryan Dickson (1.1 ppg), 6-1 junior Hayden Crowder (5.0 ppg), 6-3 junior Gavin Collier (1.7 ppg) and 5-9 junior Andrew Short (3.9 ppg, 2.2 assists), among others.
Brownsburg (21-7) – The Bulldogs graduated three double-digit scorers from a sectional championship team. The top returning players are 6-4 junior Landon Hall (5.6 ppg, 2.3 rebounds) and 5-10 senior Michael Fowlkes (3.0 ppg). There are a number of others who have played some varsity minutes, including 6-3 senior Adrian Chapman (1.3 ppg) and 6-2 senior Jimmy Simms (1.8 ppg). The Bulldogs are 42-10 in Steve Lynch’s two seasons as coach.
Terre Haute North (11-14)
Plainfield (6-17) – The Quakers should be improved in coach Andy Weaver’s fourth season, led by 6-6 senior Max Kurkowski (12.3 ppg, 5.9 rebounds). Others competing for starting spots are 6-5 junior Conner Brens (4.8 ppg, 3.7 rebounds), 6-2 junior Tyler West (1.6 ppg), 6-2 senior Reece Crawford (6.2 ppg, 37 percent 3s), 5-10 senior Keegan Motter (1.7 ppg), 6-2 senior Bryson Ellis (4.7 ppg), 5-8 junior Jarrett Hufferd and 6-8 sophomore Gavin Bizeau.
Martinsville (17-7) – This is a big year for the Artestians, who have been invited to play in the Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle, an event it won in 1990. Martinsville will be led by 6-8 senior Keegan Northern (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rebounds), 6-3 senior Zach Anderson (12.1 ppg), 6-foot senior Logan Ratts (5.5 ppg, 3.8 rebounds), 5-10 senior Tim Bowlen and 6-4 senior Josh Bertelson.
Franklin Central (9-16) – The Flashes look to build off a strong finish last year, which saw them win a sectional title and reach the regional final. Marcus Burk, a 6-3 guard, is one of the area’s more underrated players (19.0 ppg, 4.8 rebounds). Burk is joined by 6-6 junior Grant Pedigo (10.4 ppg, 4.9 rebounds), 6-foot senior Jimmy Weinke (6.4 ppg, 3.8 assists) and 6-5 senior Antoyne Jackson, giving Franklin Central a formidable lineup.
Center Grove (13-10) – Coach Zach Hahn’s second team will be a well-rounded group that should be able to shoot, led by 5-10 senior Trevor Harrell (6.5 ppg, 1.7 rebounds), 6-6 senior Bryce Brown (5.2 ppg, 2.0 rebounds) and 5-10 senior Bailey Barrett (5.0 ppg). Other likely starters are 6-1 junior Travis Roehling and 6-5 freshman Trayce Jackson, with 6-1 senior Drew Conrad, 5-10 senior Sam Meier, 6-3 senior Jackson Williams and 6-5 junior Parker Ferguson coming off the bench.
Whiteland (10-13) – The Warriors return nearly all their scoring, including 6-4 senior Tom Purdie (16.5 ppg, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists), 6-5 junior Michael Valle (11.4 ppg, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists), 5-9 senior Terr’e Moss (10.4 ppg, 2.3 rebounds), 6-foot senior Will Higdon (7.7 ppg, 3.1 rebounds) and 6-2 senior Aaron Eblen (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rebounds). Garrett Herald (1.1 ppg, 2.5 assists), a 5-9 senior, and 6-3 senior Ben Robison also will be a factor.
Franklin (10-14) – Franklin looks to build off last year, as it loses just one key player. Leading the way in coach Brad Dickey’s second season is 6-1 senior Cameron Smith (17.0 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists), a Purdue-Calumet recruit. Other projected starters are 6-3 senior Andrew Hartkorn (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rebounds), 5-10 senior Bryce Wentzell (6.0 ppg), 5-10 senior Jacob Rockey (2.0 ppg) and 6-1 senior Justin Beasley (2.7 ppg).
Greenwood (3-21) – The Woodmen will be led by 6-foot senior Justin Conley (8.6 ppg, 3.6 assists), and the remainder of the starting lineup could include four sophomores. Braydon Kincaid, a 6-1 guard, started at the end of last season and averaged 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. Jeffrey Reynolds, a 6-5 sophomore (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rebounds), also started last season. Max Raker, a 5-9 sophomore (1.6 ppg), and 6-2 sophomore Eric Moenkhaus also could start. Adam Rapp, a 5-11 junior, returns from injury.
Bloomington South (21-3)
Bloomington North (16-9)
Columbus East (14-9)
Columbus North (16-8)
Shelbyville (11-12) – Third-year coach Ryan Mack should have his most talented team yet, though it’s a young group. The lone returning starter is 6-2 junior John Lux (7.0 ppg, 3.5 assists). Other projected starters are 5-11 sophomore Sam Lewis (1.5 ppg), 6-foot sophomore Cooper Lewis (appeared in eight games), 6-1 sophomore Damon Lux (played in 10 games) and 6-3 freshman Zach Kuhn. Shelbyville is looking for its first winning season in five years.
East Central (10-15)
Hamilton Heights (19-8) – The Huskies look for a third sectional championship in four seasons led by 6-2 senior Hunter Crist (15.6 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 40 percent 3s). Coach Chad Ballenger doesn’t have a big team, but 6-5 junior Sterling Weatherford (5.5 ppg, 4.0 rebounds), 6-2 junior Caymn Lutz (2.8 ppg), 6-2 senior Alex Trachtman (2.0 ppg) and 5-11 senior Dustin Williams (2.0 ppg) also have varsity experience. T.J. Freeland, a 6-4 senior, also will be a factor.
Tri-West (21-5) – The Bruins graduate several key players from last year’s team that advanced to the regional final, but they have a talented junior class — with Peyton Hendershot (10.9 ppg, 6.4 rebounds) leading the way — and a standout sophomore in Tyler Watson (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rebounds).
Lebanon (9-16) – The Tigers look to improve after back-to-back nine win seasons, led by 6-7 junior Trevor Lakes (17.8 ppg, 5.9 rebounds).
North Montgomery (14-10)
Western Boone (11-12) – First-year coach J.R. Howell takes over a program that is young but should improve throughout the season. The leading returner is 6-3 senior Kaleb McCloskey (13.2 ppg, 6.6 rebounds). He’ll be joined in the starting lineup by 5-10 junior Marshall Hodgen (5.8 ppg, 4.0 assists), 6-1 senior Zach McMann (9.0 ppg, 3.2 rebounds), 6-foot junior Zach Prickett and 6-1 sophomore Garrett Miller.
Brebeuf Jesuit (12-11) – The Braves started slow but finished strong in former IUPUI coach Todd Howard’s first season. This year’s team should be able to build around 5-11 junior Kobie McNeal (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 6-foot senior Mason Grout (6.0 ppg, 35 percent 3-pointers), 6-3 senior Tarig Eldosougi (6.0 ppg, 6.1 rebounds), 6-8 senior Matt Broderick (3.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds) and 5-11 junior Malachi Rice (2.5 ppg). Others in the mix are 6-4 senior Sam Snyder (1.3 ppg), 6-1 junior Max Kucer (1.0 ppg) and 6-2 freshman Simon Banks.
Crispus Attucks (19-6) – The Tigers look to reload after losing several key seniors from a team that won back-to-back sectional titles in 2A and moves up this year. Senior guard Donte Reed (8.5 ppg, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals) will lead the way, along with juniors Nike Sibande and Teyon Scanlan. Senior Saumeik Rolle also could fill a bigger role this season.
Herron (13-10) – Herron could be a sleeper in its sectional, led by a trio of senior guards in 6-foot Damonn Burns (10.8 ppg), 6-foot Khalil Williams (8.1 ppg) and 6-2 Myles Simmons (8.3 ppg). Simmons is a smart point guard who can defend, distribute and score when needed. Other likely starters are 6-3 senior Keesh Brewer (5.5 ppg) and 6-1 senior Lamont Murray (7.5 ppg). Ty Oldham (7.3 ppg), a 6-1 sophomore, and 6-1 sophomore Logan Smith (3.5 ppg) also have varsity experience.
New Palestine (13-12) – New coach Trent Whitaker takes over a program that drops back down to 3A after four seasons in 4A. The Dragons were hit hard by graduation. The projected starters are 6-5 senior Johnathon McKay (3.8 ppg, 2.4 rebounds), 6-4 senior Cody Long (3.7 ppg, 2.7 rebounds), 5-10 senior Caleb VanderWal (3.4 ppg), 6-2 senior Logan Duffy (3.0 ppg) and 6-4 senior Jaret Rightley (1.7 ppg). Duke Blackwell, a 5-10 senior, averaged 4.1 points last season.
Bishop Chatard (8-16) – The Trojans look for improvement, led by 6-6 junior Samuel Guymon (14.0 ppg, 6.5 rebounds). Chatard’s last winning season was 2011-12 when it was 15-9 and played for a sectional title.
Manual (8-16) – First-year coach Donnie Bowling moves over from Shortridge with a team that has talent but could take some time to come together. The likely starters are 5-11 senior Keyshawn Bess, 6-4 junior Corvesier McCulley, 6-5 junior Cameron Sembley, 5-11 senior Robert Johnson and 6-9 senior Tristan Popa. Bess and Popa are particularly versatile offensive players.
Marshall (8-16) – Longtime Arlington coach Larry Nicks takes over a program that is basically starting over with just one player returning, 5-9 senior George Manuel. Other players who will contribute are 6-3 senior Malachi Beynton, 6-4 senior Melvin Smith, 5-9 senior Jalen Spicht, 6-foot senior Damon Collins, 6-1 sophomore James Merchant and 6-4 sophomore Stephen Marshall. Nicks has 461 career coaching wins.
Park Tudor (26-2) – The Panthers move up a class after back-to-back 2A titles under the IHSAA’s tournament success factor but shouldn’t experience much of a decline, if any. The Panthers will be led by 6-10 junior Jaren Jackson Jr. (9.1 ppg, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots) and 5-11 junior Kobe Webster (9.7 ppg, 48 percent 3s). Kyle Cox, who is 50-6 in two seasons, also likely will start 6-5 senior Sterling Satterfield, a Lawrence North transfer, 5-11 junior Isaiah Rice (2.9 ppg) and 5-10 freshman Isiah Moore.
Danville (20-5) – Danville came within a one-point loss to Tri-West of winning a sectional title. The Warriors are led by 6-3 senior Ryan Cloncs (14.1 ppg, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists) and 5-7 senior Jake Elliott (8.9 ppg, 6.4 assists, 40 percent 3s), both hard-nosed defensive players. The rest of the starting lineup likely will include 6-7 senior Jake Davis (3.2 ppg), 5-9 senior Cole Potts (3.5 ppg, 1.9 assists) and 6-3 junior Zach Callahan (1.6 ppg).
Indian Creek (16-6) – The Braves have been building the past couple years under coach Derek Perry and return their top two scorers in 5-11 sophomore Jared DeHart (11.2 ppg, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds) and 6-2 junior Tim Abel (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rebounds). Other likely starters are 6-3 senior Gynson Robley (7.2 ppg, 4.1 rebounds), 6-2 junior Bryce Hogue (5.8 ppg, 3.9 rebounds) and 6-foot senior Tyler Parks (4.2 ppg, 3.2 rebounds). Zach Pugh, a 5-9 freshman, could make an impact.
Beech Grove (8-14) – Coach Matt English’s team returns five guards with substantial experience, including 5-10 senior Chase Andries (7.0 ppg, 3.0 assists), 6-1 sophomore Kenny Washington (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 5-10 junior Dylan Allen (6.0 ppg), 6-foot senior David Corbin and 5-10 junior Montrez Hearon. The Hornets are looking for their first sectional title since 2008.
Cardinal Ritter (8-16) – Coach Ron Moore has a team that is strong at the guard spot, led by 6-foot senior Tiernan Cook (11.0 ppg, 4.0 assists). Cook is quick with the ball and a strong defender. Other players with varsity experience are 5-10 junior Anthony Dumes (6.5 ppg) and 5-10 senior Max Alford (4.2 ppg, 4.0 assists). Others in the mix are 6-5 sophomore Miles Tracy, 6-foot sophomore Tharran Cook, 6-3 senior Josh Majors, 6-1 sophomore Shelby Turner, 6-1 junior Bobby Bell and 5-11 sophomore Brad Bacon.
Northwest (3-19) – Coach Steve Hall looks for improvement from the Space Pioneers with 6-2 junior forward Richard Berry (8.0 ppg, 6.0 rebounds) and 5-10 junior guard Dontez Lewis (8.0 ppg, 3.0 assists) returning. Northwest has won just seven games the past two seasons combined.
Washington (12-10) – The Continentals are rebuilding with no starters returning and little varsity experience. Coach Kenny Roseman will look to build around 6-1 senior Jaron Cox, 6-1 sophomore Braxton Lacey, 6-3 senior Xavier Halsell, 6-3 junior Anthony Williams, 5-9 senior Jay Simmons, 5-10 junior Bobby Hickey and 6-foot senior Jalen Gray.
Lapel (18-7) – Veteran coach Jimmie Howell’s team will be led by 6-3 senior Kamron Herrington (11.7 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 42 percent 3s), 6-6 junior JonRoss Richardson (11.5 ppg, 5.6 rebounds), 6-4 senior Triston Carpenter (8.3 ppg, 4.1 rebounds) and 6-4 senior Brady Smith (3.9 ppg). Preston Scott, a 6-2 sophomore, and Austin Lyons, a 6-2 sophomore, also have a shot at a starting spot. Lapel could win its first sectional in 11 years.
Sheridan (7-17) – The Blackhawks were led last season by Jacob Chesney (10.7 ppg, 2.9 rebounds), a 5-11 senior, and Chris Roberts (9.6 ppg, 5.5 rebounds), a 6-3 junior.
Monroe Central (12-12)
Muncie Burris (7-16)
Howe (18-4) – The Hornets lost Indiana All-Star Harris Brown to graduation but bring back 6-foot guard Brian Warren (18.9) as one of the top guards in the area. Tony Hopkins, a 6-3 sophomore, averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds as a freshman for Howe, which won the City championship last year for the first time since 1987.
Triton Central (21-4) – Perry Nash takes over as coach after leaving Jac-Cen-Del. The Tigers will be young and inexperienced with 5-10 senior Hunter Duncan (8.0 ppg, 38 percent 3-pointers) the lone returner. Others expected to contribute are 5-11 senior Cole Dewey, 6-foot junior Brandon Whittaker, 5-8 freshman Wyatt Felling, 6-6 junior Jacon Lands, 5-10 junior Zach Pruitt and 5-9 freshman Aaron Steele.
Eastern Hancock (10-13) – The Royals look to improve led by 5-9 sophomore Addison True (11.6 ppg, 3.1 rebounds), 5-11 senior Ryan Speas (5.8 ppg) and 6-3 senior Tom Barton (4.2 ppg, 4.5 rebounds).
Irvington Prep (6-17) – The Ravens are looking for their first winning season since 2011-12 under sixth-year coach Jeff Strange.
Scecina (20-6) – The Crusaders graduated a big and talented senior class that led the program to the championship game of the City tournament and the sectional. Coach Rob New will rely on junior Jayron Brooks to lead the way.
Covenant Christian (15-9) – Max Leary, a 6-2 senior, was the team’s top player a year ago, as he averaged 10.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. Jordan Webb, a 6-1 sophomore, is another returning starter and averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a freshman. Other projected starters are 6-4 junior Kierson Watts (9.8 ppg, 5.5 rebounds), 6-1 senior Hananiah Davis and 5-8 sophomore Aussie Wagner. The Warriors play a tough schedule.
Heritage Christian (9-14) – Third-year coach Corey Jackson looks to lead the Eagles to a winning season as 6-foot senior point guard Gary Naylor (4.1 ppg) returns.
Speedway (9-13) – Coach Chuck Bennett’s team looks to bounce back, though 6-1 senior Shannon Hall (8.2 ppg, 3.8 rebounds) and 5-11 sophomore Chris Valentine (8.0 ppg, 2.3 rebounds) are the only returning starters. Andrew Fritz, a 5-11 junior, returns from injury, and 6-4 junior Desean Hampton is a new addition. Moving up from the junior varsity are 6-3 junior Jacob Jones and 5-10 junior Lorenzo Smith. The sophomore class also includes Camden DalCorobbo (5-8), Dominique Hampton (6-1), Sam Jackson (6-foot) and Jacob Powell (6-2).
Broad Ripple (4-18) – The Rockets look to rebound from back-to-back losing seasons under coach Scott Hicks. Broad Ripple hasn’t had three consecutive losing seasons since 2004-06.
Shortridge (13-9) – First-year coach Troy Lane starts over with a new roster.
Monrovia (6-18) – The Bulldogs return four starters and 80 percent of their scoring, led by 5-11 junior Luke Smith (17.1 ppg, 3.3 rebounds). He’s joined by 6-foot senior Trevor Eisenhut (9.7 ppg, 3.4 assists), 6-5 junior Luke Seber (9.4 ppg, 5.1 rebounds) and 6-1 senior Johnny Williams (5.0 ppg, 2.6 assists). Coach Micah Elliott expects several junior varsity players to move into bigger roles.
Cascade (8-16) – Evan Burch, a 6-1 junior, has started the past two years at point guard and averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season. Other projected starters are 6-2 senior Zac Butler (7.2 ppg, 3.3 rebounds), 6-3 sophomore Dalton DuBois (5.3 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 5-8 senior Brock Stephenson (3.6 ppg, 1.8 rebounds) and 6-foot senior Austin Gates (1.4 ppg). Cascade is looking for its first winning season in four years.
North Putnam (3-19)
South Putnam (3-19)
Clay City (24-5)
North Central (Farmersburg) (13-11)
White River Valley (4-20)
Eminence (8-15) – Nate Marquis takes over a program that will be led by 6-2 junior Bo Mehringer (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds) and 6-foot senior Koty Martin (8.6 ppg, 4.0 rebounds). Other potential starters are 5-9 senior Skylar Smile, 5-10 senior Morgan Mayer and 6-2 junior Justin Glidden. Mehringer is a competitive player who can spread the floor for the Eels on offense.
Tindley (17-11) – The Tigers broke through last year and won the program’s first sectional title. Bobby Wonnell’s team could be in store for more this year, led by 6-3 sophomore Eric Hunter (17.1 ppg, 4.7 rebounds, 44 percent 3s). Other returning starters are 5-7 sophomore Joe Johnson Jr. (8.0 ppg, 2.1 assists) and 6-2 senior Courtland Crenshaw (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rebounds). Chris Murff (5.4 ppg, 3.2 rebounds), a 6-3 junior, and 6-3 junior Jacob Baugh (4.7 ppg, 4.6 rebounds) also have experience.
University (17-10) – University came within a one-point loss to Tindley of winning a sectional last year, but this year’s team is young and inexperienced outside of 6-2 senior Connor Holly (20.0 ppg), a strong and physical guard. The Trailblazers have a lot of size in the sophomore class with 6-6 Emerson Halslieb, 6-4 David Howard, 6-3 Josh Watson and 6-1 Zach Hodgin.
Metropolitan (13-12) – The Pumas look to build on their first winning season in Richard Bishop’s four years as coach.
International (11-14) – Justin Bennett takes over as coach, as the Gryphons appear to be a balanced team entering the season. The top returning scorer is 5-10 sophomore Antonio Eraso (6.4 ppg, 1.9 rebounds), who will likely be joined in the starting lineup by 5-10 senior Matthew Strader (2.6 ppg), 5-10 sophomore Jonathan Sanyon (4.0 ppg), 6-1 senior Austin Moyer (1.6 ppg) and 5-9 junior Jacob Vigran (1.0 ppg). A couple other names to watch are 6-5 sophomore Akeui Mading and 6-9 freshman Manich Kachjaani.
Indiana Deaf (16-8) – Indiana Deaf loses a couple key seniors but does return 5-10 senior Dante Paulone (11.8 ppg, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals).
Indiana Math and Science (4-20) – The Knights are a young team led by 5-8 Scecina transfer Darius Coffy, mainly a junior varsity player last season. Jakeem Muhammad, a 5-9 junior averaged 12.4 points per game last year, and 5-8 guard Jerimyah Mundy (5.8 ppg) also returns. Jacob Pointexter, a 5-8 guard, and Teriyon Carter, a 6-4 forward, also are likely starters. This is the program’s fifth season.
Bethesda Christian (7-16) – First-year coach Jesse McClung takes over. The Patriots haven’t had a winning season since 2008-09.
Edinburgh (14-10) – The Lancers shoot for a seventh consecutive winning season, led by third-year starter Bob Simpson (10.0 ppg, 5.0 assists), a 5-11 senior, and 6-foot senior Kyle Pendleton (14.0 ppg). Christian Burton, a 5-11 senior is another projected starter. Edinburgh is inexperienced beyond that group, though sophomores Jacob Atha and Christian Cox could be factors.
Lutheran (9-16) – The Saints lost quite a bit of size to graduation but return a strong leader in 5-9 senior guard Tommy Miner (9.9 ppg, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals). Other returning starters are 6-3 senior Shane Miller (6.4 ppg, 4.7 rebounds) and 6-3 junior Tyler Johnson (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rebounds). Matt Fox (2.2 ppg, 4.0 rebounds), a 6-3 senior, likely will start along with 6-1 junior Zach White (5.6 ppg, 2.1 rebounds). Other contributors will be 6-3 junior Kyle Johnson, 6-3 junior Jacob Faubion and 5-8 sophomore Andre Jones.
Arlington (10-13) – Former Ben Davis and IUPUI standout Don Carlisle takes over a program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2008-09.
Greenwood Christian (9-16) – Jaime Satre enters his 11th season as coach with a team led by 6-foot senior Jared Davenport (8.1 ppg). Other projected starters are 6-foot junior Camden Peters, 6-5 senior Krae Sparks, 6-foot senior Hunter Slater and 6-1 senior Troy Healy. Joel Stinnett, a 5-10 sophomore, and Dan Witte, a 6-5 junior, will provide depth.
Morristown (7-16) – Scott McClelland returns to Morrisville as coach after two years at Brebeuf and three at Western Boone. His top player is 6-1 sophomore Hayden Langkabel, who averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds as a freshman. Other projected starters are 6-4 senior Lucas Flanagan (7.0 ppg, 3.5 rebounds), 6-1 sophomore Eli Streeval (5.4 ppg) and 6-foot freshman Logan Laster.
Central Christian (0-23) – The school formerly known as Baptist Academy looks to turn it around after a tough year. The Chargers won a sectional title three years ago.
Oldenburg Academy (17-7)
Southwestern (Shelbyville) (9-15) – Bryce Rowe, a 5-11 senior, averaged 20.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season and already has eclipsed 1,000 points for his career. Three other starters return for coach Brady Days — 5-11 senior Hayden Veach (10.0 ppg, 38 percent 3-pointers), 6-2 junior Steffen Shackelford (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rebounds, 46 percent 3s) and 5-10 senior Blake Doty (6.4 ppg, 2.3 assists). Darrian Tyler, a 6-4 senior, joins the mix, as the Spartans look for first sectional title since 2011.
Waldron (12-11) – Nate Cangany takes over as coach with a team that will be led by 6-foot junior Peyton Huffman (11.7 ppg), the team’s best playmaker and defender. The other starters likely are 6-4 junior Hank Johnson (5.1 ppg), 6-6 sophomore Levi Coffey (4.1 ppg, 2.2 rebounds), 6-3 Brandon Dalley (2.0 ppg, 2.8 rebounds) and 6-foot junior Kaden Branam.
Rising Sun (10-16)
South Decatur (1-21)
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