Last year: 10-11, 4-2 (GLAC)
Morton has four starters back with a nice mix of underclassmen. The Governors added Lake Central and West Side to their schedule, giving them tough tests in the first half of the season. They will also play in the new Highland Tournament on Dec. 27, giving them just a six-day break between games as opposed to having 15 straight days off last season. "I like the idea of the Highland Tournament," Morton coach Kevin Dermody said. "We didn't do anything (during last season's long break) but have a few practices, and it showed. It's going to be a little different." Morton is the only school in the Great Lakes Athletic Conference that returned four starters, so Dermody expects to win the conference and compete well in the sectional. The Governors can put up a lot of points with Rayan Elabed and Devon Mingo, and Dermody has a realistic goal of winning 15 games this season. — Matt Douthett
Last season finish
Lost in Class 4A Munster Sectional opener to Lake Central.
Leading returning scorer
Rayan Elabed, 17.9 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder
Ta'Yon Carter, 11.5 rpg.
Devon Mingo, Sr., G: The do-it-all guy for the Governors, Mingo averaged 13 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists per game last season. "His only downfall last year was being too aggressive with early foul trouble," Dermody said. "When he's in the game, we're a different team."
Newcomer to watch
Johnny Cope, Sr., C: A big, strong kid, Cope is a first-year player who can provide solid minutes off the bench in the post. "He doesn't mind mixing it up and getting up and down the floor," Dermody said. "I'm really excited about him."