Last year: 2-16, 0-2 (NC)
Marcus Jefferson, a 1998 E.C. Central grad who looks like he can still play with the best, takes over a woeful Roosevelt program that went 2-16 last season, losing by an average of 24.8 points per game. "I'm going into this as blind as Stevie Wonder," the former Lake Central assistant said, "but I love what I do. I love teaching the game." The roster is predominantly new and features good size at 6-foot-8, 6-7, 6-7, 6-5 and many 6-3 guards. "There's a high level of talent. On paper, it's one of the best teams in the area," said Jefferson, who has a list of team goals to accomplish longer than his arm. It starts with accountability, buying into what he's teaching, and learning to play well together. "You can do it or there's the door," Jefferson said. "We want to restore the legacy, not duplicate it. Right now, this school needs a really successful sport." — Al Hamnik
Last season finish
Lost in Class 3A Hammond Sectional opener to Griffith.
LaParis Hodges, Sr., G/F: "He's a senior, shows positive leadership and plays multiple positions," Jefferson said.
Newcomer to watch
Kentrell Lee, Jr., G: "He has real passion for the game, shows up everyday early, and is a great teammate," Jefferson said.