With three returning starters, including savvy point guard Aaron Morgan, Council Rock North is the odds-on favorite to repeat as Suburban One League National Conference champion.
The 5-10 Morgan, ticketed for Maryland-Baltimore County, is joined by fellow seniors Arron Goodman, a 6-4 swingman, and Matt McCloskey, a 6-1 wing guard.
Morgan averaged 14.5 points and 3.1 assists last season while helping lead the Indians to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final and the state quarterfinals.
While waiting for star guard Ryan Arcidiacono to return from a back injury, Neshaminy is relying on three senior guards: Tyler Katz, Richie Schafer, and Bobby Marterella. Ryan Jamison, a 6-4 sophomore, handles the inside duties.
Souderton, under second-year coach Dennis Stanton, is a good bet to finish first in the Continental Conference.
Back for the Indians are three experienced seniors: swingman Mark Wonderling (13 ppg., 6 rpg.), forward Ryan Connolly (9.3 ppg., 8 rpg.), and point guard Luke Moyer (7 ppg., 3.2 apg.).
North Penn, with senior Wes Brooks as the floor general, is busy learning new coach John Conrad's system. Conrad came over from Lower Moreland.
Three other seniors are in the mix for the Knights: guard Javi Alvarino, and swingmen Larry Roane and Chris Dawson.
Central Bucks West will rely on four seniors: 6-4 guard Derek Dyer; point guard Jack Rogers; wing guard Shane Kellar; and 6-3 forward Tyler Schecter, the Bucks' leading rebounder last season.
For Pennridge, 6-4 senior combo guard Tim Abruzzo, a second-team all-Continental pick in each of the last two seasons, is the catalyst.
In the American Conference, defending champ Plymouth Whitemarsh brings back just one starter: 6-4 forward Brandon Johnson.
Johnson gets help from three fellow seniors: 6-6 forward Jake Silvers, wing guard Kenny Williams, and 6-2 forward Morgan Jackson. Junior point guard Anthony McKie transferred in from Wissahickon.
Without McKie, Wissahickon is banking on production from 6-4 guard Jordan Reed, who averaged 14.5 points last season; 6-7 center Tanoh Kpassagnon; and 6-3 swingman Kyle Garrett. All are seniors.
- Rick O'Brien