Head coach: Grant Rice, 17th season
2016-17 record: 22-9 (11-1 Southwest, first)
Returning lettermen (starters): Ten (one)
Top players: F/G Jamal Bey (Sr.), G D.J. Howe (Sr.), G Noah Taitz (So.), G Chance Michels (Jr.), F Zim Agu (Sr.), F Isaiah Cottrell (So.), G Zaon Collins (Fr.), G/F Will McClendon (Fr.)
Outlook: Most teams would take a few steps back after losing 80 percent of their starting lineup.
Bishop Gorman isn’t most teams.
The Gaels bring back 10 lettermen after winning their sixth straight state title last season.
Bey (17 points per game, 5 rebounds per game) is a University of Washington commit and is the lone returning starter. Taitz (6.0 ppg) had a strong freshman season and should also contribute.
Still the Gaels must replace standout guards Chuck O’Bannon and Christian Popoola, who combined for 36.4 points, 13.3 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game last year.