Last year: 9-14, 3-3 GLAC.
First and foremost, Gavit coach Ken Anderson is looking for increased basketball IQ out of his team. The Gladiators won nine games in 2012-13 despite turning the ball over 28.6 times per game. "Taking care of the basketball is super important for us. Ball-handling and decision-making are by far the biggest things," Anderson said. "I cannot go through another season with 28.6 turnovers per game." The roster is stacked with juniors this season, so Anderson is looking at the Gladiators as a two-year project. The squad played in the Griffith summer league, including games against tough and talented Duneland schools. "They didn't give up and played all through the summer," Anderson said. "We've had good numbers." — Matt Douthett
Last season finish
Lost in Class 3A Sectional final to Griffith.
Leading returning scorer
Shanika Thornton, 10.6 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder
Myshaunique Loggins, 2.5 rpg.
Shanika Thornton, Jr., G: She's far and away the best offensive threat Gavit will have on the court. She hit 39 3-pointers last season, including eight in one game against E.C. Central. Coaches are trying to round out her entire game.
Newcomer to watch
Chassidy Groves, Jr., F: Groves would have played last year, but she had MCL surgery during the second week of practice. She's an undersized post player, but is an aggressive rebounder and good defender. "She's our version of Dennis Rodman," Anderson said.