Last season: 17-9. Lost in Class 2A state championship game to Indianapolis Park Tudor 79-57.
Inside the Eagles
Leading returning scorer: Justin King, Jr., F, 8 ppg
Leading returning rebounder: King, 5 rpg
Star power: Justin King. The role player last year will be in the middle of everything this time. Has been offered by Northern Illinois, but getting interest from Iowa, Oregon State, Indiana State, Central Michigan, Detroit Mercy and Purdue.
Newcomer to watch: Antonio Pipkin, Sr., G. The quarterback will stay under center this winter. His football toughness will be expanded as he gets more minutes. He will be on the floor for reason, "He plays hard all of the time," Rea said.
Bowman back at it
The Eagles lost seven seniors to graduation and college basketball, with the Big 3 being DeJuan Marrero (DePaul), Elijah Ray (IUPUI) and Stephan Hawkins (Robert Morris). Yet the goal to get back to Indianapolis does not change. Two transfers — Davon Dillard (Gary Lighthouse) and Stacey Whitt (Michigan City) — will help boost a roster filled with talent. Bowman plays one of the state's toughest schedules. "We do not have one player back who started for us," coach Marvin Rea said. "We are young. We want to improve every game." Dillard is being recruited by everyone, including North Carolina. Whitt is 6-foot-8 and will give King some help in the paint. It may take the Eagles time to find their feet, but by March this team will likely be dangerous. "We want to get back down that road," Rea said. "That is our goal." — Steve Hanlon