Last year: 14-8, 1-1 (NC)
The Hornets return one starter (Keontae Bridges) and their 2012-13 sixth man off the bench (Richard Wash). They lack imposing height with no one taller than 6-foot-4, but talent is everywhere with Bridges, Wash and Lighthouse transfer Aarion Green. If the spirit moves 6-3 George Miller, he could also become a force. "Fans are going to see kids that are organized, very quick, tough and good defenders," coach Melvin Yancey said. "We're going to apply pressure and everybody knows that." The Hornets averaged 78 points a game last season while allowing a generous 65.1. "Our defense drove me crazy," Yancey said. "We gave up way too many points, but I think our perimeter defense is going to be better." — Al Hamnik
Last season finish
Lost Class 3A Plymouth Regional semifinal to Andrean.
Leading returning scorer
Keontae Bridges, 15.0 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder
Keontae Bridges, 7.0 rpg.
Keontae Bridges, Sr., G/F: "He's quiet. He's humble and very intelligent. He's always trying to do the right thing," coach Yancey said. "He can play multiple positions, is a great ball handler and a good shooter."
Newcomer to watch
Jeremy Dickerson, Jr., G: "Jeremy has got long arms, he's quick, a very good defender, good shooter and just a tough kind," Yancey said.