COACH: Larry Wall, third year
2001 RECORD: 5-20
RETURNING STARTERS: G Crane Garren (Sr., 5-6), G Keith Bate (Jr., 5-8), F Sean Lancaster (Sr., 6-2).
OUTLOOK: The Fighting Irish are throwing everyone into the mix this season. Along with the three returning starters, Aquinas has freshmen through seniors who will have an impact on the team's fortunes.
COACH: Purvis Dukes, first year
2001 RECORD: 14-11
RETURNING STARTERS: G LaGregory West (Sr., 5-9, 160)
OUTLOOK: The Bears are rebuilding under their first-year coach. West will need help from a speedy team, especially Marcus Rivers and Dugrandal Frank, for the team's first trip to the postseason since 1988, when it reached the state semifinals.
COACH: Rob Johnson, 14th year
2001 RECORD: 24-6
RETURNING STARTERS: None
OUTLOOK: Johnson's 14th season will be an interesting one after losing all five starters from last year's Class AAAA Sweet 16 team. The Bulldogs are tall - all five projected starters are over 6-foot, led by 6-6 forward Scott Edwards.
COACH: Kevin Kenny, sixth year
2001 RECORD: 14-12
RETURNING STARTERS: PG John Harris (Sr., 6-0, 180)
OUTLOOK: Kenny returns only one starter, but Harris averaged 18 points and five assists per game last season. Lakeside transfer Steven Rogers should help a team strong on defense but short on game experience.
COACH: Richard Moye, first year
2001 RECORD: 1-25
RETURNING STARTERS: G Dusty Usry (Sr., 5-9, 175); G Adam Walker (Sr., 5-10, 175); G Terrance Thomas (Sr., 5-10, 180).
OUTLOOK: The Panthers have three starters back, but lost all of their inside presence from last season. The perimeter game is fine, but how far the team's two 5-foot-11 centers can go will be the key.
COACH: Garrett Black, first year
2001 RECORD: 11-14
RETURNING STARTERS: G/F Eric Marshall (Sr., 6-2, 170); F Dupaul Scott (Sr., 6-2, 180); C Daniel Jordan (Sr., 6-3, 185)
OUTLOOK: The Wolfpack are tall and have Marshall's 21 points per game back in the lineup. They have six solid seniors, but need one more scorer to complement Marshall.
COACH: James Quarles, first year
2001 RECORD: 11-13
RETURNING STARTERS: G/F George Brown (Sr., 6-1); G Vander Tompkins (Sr., 5-10); F Davon Gilscrist (Sr., 6-1); F/C Jonathan Luke (Jr., 6-1); G Kelvin Henley (Sr., 5-11).
OUTLOOK: The Spartans have everyone back from last season - except their coach, Richard Wallace, who is taking a year off for family reasons. They need their multitude of experience to overcome their lack of height.
COACH: Kim Charles, third year
2001 RECORD: 13-12
RETURNING STARTERS: G David Green (Sr.); F Tim Camp (Jr.)
OUTLOOK: Coming off a first-round loss in the state tournament, the Bulldogs have to replace six of their top eight players. The team is fast, but must mix in a lot of new players - including two transfer students from Germany.
COACH: Bob Klofenstine, second year
2001 RECORD: 15-13
RETURNING STARTERS: F Arthur Thomas (Sr., 6-2); G Rent Sherrill (Jr., 6-0); G Lescellus Bembry (Jr., 5-10)
OUTLOOK: The Rebels are fast and will shoot the ball well, but need Thomas to establish an inside game to complement Sherrill and Bembry on the outside.
COACH: Bobby Dantley, first year
2001 RECORD: 8-14
RETURNING STARTERS: P Terrance Lewis (Sr., 6-2, 193); P Eddie Dixon (Sr., 6-3, 175); G Clifford Outlaw (Sr., 5-11, 165)
OUTLOOK: Lewis can score from anywhere and Outlaw averaged seven assists per game last season, but the Warriors are still learning Dantley's system and figuring themselves out.
COACH: James Ford, fifth year
2001 RECORD: 16-9
RETURNING STARTERS: F Cornelius Clemons (Sr., 6-4, 180); F Josh Lake (Jr., 6-3, 190).
OUTLOOK: Clemons and Lake will have to carry the team with the loss of guards Dontay Williams and Patrick McCloud. The team has the height to battle on the boards, but will have to play smart every game to compete.
COACH: Emmett Rouse, eighth year
2001 RECORD: 19-9
RETURNING STARTERS: C Travon McGrader (Sr., 6-8, 205); G Najee Tolbert (Soph., 5-11, 160); G Joshua Adams (Soph., 5-11, 150)
OUTLOOK: The Eagles expect good things out of a very young team. McGrader is the impact senior surrounded by three sophomores: Tolbert, Adams and 6-7 Dominique Archie.
COACH: Richie Carnes, second year
2001 RECORD: 8-18
RETURNING STARTERS: G Matt Scott (Jr., 6-2, 185); C Alex Bragg (Jr., 6-4, 205)
OUTLOOK: The Panthers will outhustle their opponents but have to find somebody else after Scott (13 ppg) to put the ball in the basket.
COACH: Norman Bonner, 36th year
2001 RECORD: 18-10
RETURNING STARTERS: C Rod Brisco (Sr., 6-4, 180); G J.K. Sabb (Sr., 5-11, 205); G Allain Walker (Sr., 5-9, 166); F Donouell Yamcy (Sr., 6-2, 183)
OUTLOOK: The Wildcats return four starters from last season's Region 3-AAA champions, but lost five other key players. The returners all had balanced scoring, but none of them averaged over 11 points per game.
COACH: Levern Hickman, 13th year
2001 RECORD: 9-7
RETURNING STARTERS: F Terrell Elam (Sr., 6-1); F/G Mel Partridge (Sr., 6-2); G Chris Crite (Jr., 5-11); F/G Rodriguez Reid (Sr., 6-0)
OUTLOOK: The Red Devils will miss Reed McWhorter, but this year's team is bigger and quicker. The team has the height to dominate the boards.
COACH: Steve Noble, second year
2001 RECORD: 6-20
RETURNING STARTERS: F Jacob Ross (Jr., 6-3, 180); G Zach Welsey (Sr., 5-8, 150); G Elliot Crawford (Jr., 5-8, 165); G Ibrahim Rashada (Jr., 5-9, 185)
OUTLOOK: The Musketeers have the perimeter taken care of with three quick guards and a year's experience under their belts. They'll break through if Ross and the inside game can continue to produce on a regular basis.
COACH: Arthur Davis, second year
2001 RECORD: 9-18
RETURNING STARTERS: F Ernest Dixon (Sr., 6-4, 185); G Brian Roberts (Sr., 5-10, 165); F Michael Bryant (Sr., 6-3, 215); G Chris Ellison (Sr., 5-10, 165); G Dominic Atkins (Sr., 5-10, 165)
OUTLOOK: The Gamecocks have all five starters back, but are learning a new system under Davis in his second season. Dixon, Roberts and reserve Nick Barnes all averaged double digits last season.
COACH: Leroy Jordan, 15th year
2001 RECORD: 24-5
RETURNING STARTERS: F Tavorus Jones (Jr., 6-5, 215)
OUTLOOK: Jones averaged 16 points per game for last season's Region 2-AAA champ and Sweet 16 participant. Jordan's has the experience to mold some talented players into another tough team.
COACH: Michael Thomas, 20th year
2001 RECORD: 11-11
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Bookie Reese (Jr., 5-9); F Mark Rogers (Sr., 6-2)
OUTLOOK: Despite only one returning full-time starter - Reese alternated between starts and reserve appearances - the Bulldogs have plenty of depth this season.
COACH: Brian Wallace, third year
2001 RECORD: 19-9
RETURNING STARTERS: F Sherman Burnett (Jr., 6-2); G Reginald Bolton (Sr., 6-1); G Brandon Moss (Jr., 5-11); F Tavaras Tolbert (Sr., 6-2)
OUTLOOK: The Screaming Devils aren't tall, but might not need to be with four returning starters from a 19-win season and 10 returning lettermen overall.
COACH: Rufus McDuffie, first year
2001 RECORD: 8-9
RETURNING STARTERS: F Willis Del (Sr., 6-1, 165); PG Kevin Lawrence (Jr., 5-8, 140); F Chris Boss (Jr., 6-4, 210)
OUTLOOK: After 20 years at Mitchell-Baker, McDuffie takes over for the Golden Hawks. Even with three starters and three other players with varsity experience back, inexperience and a new system could be factors.
COACH: Don Keiser, third year
2001 RECORD: 13-9
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Jamaal Binns (Jr., 5-10, 150); F Denorio Quinn (So., 6-4, 184); G Franchot Brown (Jr., 6-3, 185); C Chris Groves (Jr., 6-5, 195); G Kendevous Wylie (Sr., 5-11, 175)
OUTLOOK: The Tigers return everyone but their sixth man after their first playoff appearance in 20 years. They'll have to temper their excitement until after football season. All but three players also are on the football squad.
COACH: Marvin Fields, 14th year
2001 RECORD: 12-11
RETURNING STARTERS: Jamaal Beasley (Sr., 7-0, 230); Brandon Satcher, (Jr., 6-0, 170), Eric Lambert (5-10, 160)
OUTLOOK: Beasley provides an answer - 10 points and 10 rebounds per game - inside, but the Patriots are full of question marks in many places.