(Last season's record in parentheses)
1. Bowman Academy (18-9)
The defending Class 2A state champs are moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Well, 3A any way. The Eagles have almost everyone back, led by Davon Dillard and Justin King. These guys could play 4A.
2. Lake Central (15-8)
The Indians' cupboard is full, too, led by Tyler Wideman in the middle. Never has a basketball player's name been more accurate. The Butler standout is surrounded by talent. A tough schedule will prepare L.C. for March.
3. Bishop Noll (19-5)
Drew Trost is in Utah and Josh "can I buy a vowel" Belluomini takes over a program loaded with talent. Seeing the theme at the top here? Graduation didn't hurt these guys at all. Bowman moving to Class 3A didn't either.
4. Merrillville (22-4)
T.J. Lux lost everything from his Final Four team last year, including the kitchen sink, but the Pirates aren't like other people. They don't rebuild. They reload. Expect some bumps early. Expect some lumps late.
5. Munster (25-1)
Like the Yankees losing Ruth and Gehrig, the Mustangs lost Micheal Schlotman and Nate Bubash. But don't expect the goals to fall. Drew Hackett returns, as does a roster ready for the song to remain the same.
6. E.C. Central (10-11)
The Cardinals could be the comeback team in Da Region this winter. Hyron Edwards is back, which means there'll be more D-I coaches in the stands. Big man Frederick Scott comes in from Oak Hill. It's time to yell "Red."
7. Chesterton (13-9)
The Trojans lost Matt Holba to Guerin Catholic when the family had to move to Indianapolis. But Chesterton still has Cole Teal and Western Michigan recruit Chris Palombizio and that's a good start. Expect big things.
8. Andrean (22-4)
Not only is the kitchen sink gone, but so is the stove, refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer. Carson Cunningham is coaching in Montana and Scott Hicko takes over the 3A Final Four team that lost nine seniors. Good luck.
9. West Side (12-8)
This may be a first. The Cougars hoops program will get a boost by football players. It's a new day in the Steel City. Arnold Wilson leads a talented, physical group that wants to defend its holiday tourney title and more.
10. Lew Wallace (14-8)
If the word on the street is true this could be the last season of Hornets' hoops. The four-time 3A sectional champs want to make it five straight this March. The field, though, will be much tougher now. Maybe best in state.
On the bubble: Crown Point (5-16), Griffith (11-11), Hammond (11-11), Hanover Central (15-8), Kouts (19-3), Lowell (9-13), Marquette (18-6), Michigan City (10-12), 21st Century (15-8), Valparaiso (18-5).