Head coach: Jeff Kaufman, eighth season
2016-17 record: 18-10 (10-0 Southeast, first)
Returning lettermen (starters): Six (one)
Top players: Tahj Comeaux (Sr.), Taieem Comeaux (Sr.), Patrick Simms (Sr.), Jaden Hardy (Fr.), Jalen Thomas (Jr.), Tyrelle Hunt (So.)
Outlook: Graduation took its toll on the two-time defending Sunrise Region champs, taking away the team’s top three scorers, who combined to average more than 50 points per game between them.
But Kaufman feels the Cougars are “deeper than they have ever been and look to play an up-tempo, physical style game.”
Twins Tahj (6 points, 4 rebounds per game and Taieem Comeaux (4 ppg, 4 rpg), and Simms (3 ppg) are back to help guide the team, which also added Thomas, a 6-foot, 10-inch center, and expects big things from Hardy, a freshman, and returner Sam Truman.
“With six freshmen and sophomores on varsity this season, the Cougars look to four returning seniors to bring veteran leadership to this youthful program,” Kaufman said. “Our goal is to play every minute as hard as possible and use all of our weapons to frustrate our opponents.”