Mount Hebron boys basketball coach Scott Robinson worked wonders last year with a team that had no returning starters, winning 17 games and missing a county championship by one game.
This season he has two returning starters, but faces perhaps an even more challenging task to remain near the top of the county standings.
He has eight returning players, but only one player up from junior varsity.
Phil Tonkin, a 6-foot-4 senior center, is one returning starter. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. He handles the ball well for a center.
Another returning starter, Masai Demus, a 6-1 senior guard, will play a swing position. He averaged 8.0 points last season and set a school record with 86 steals.
Sophomore Kurtis Jestes, who saw some playing time last season and displayed a good shooting touch, will play point guard this season.
Eric Walthal, a 6-2 senior forward, will start.
Another possible starter is 5-11 senior guard Faisal Khan.
Other returning players include 6-1 junior guard Mark Jensen, 5-9 junior guard Lester Dorsey and 6-1 senior forward Jeff Dew.
Newcomers include 6-3 junior forward Royal Antoine (a transfer from Howard High), 6-2 junior forward Steve Dohler (up from junior varsity), 5-10 freshman guard Dan Schick and sophomore swing man Todd Petrlik.
Mount Hebron's strength will be its ball-control skills.
"We'll be hard to pressure," Robinson said. "But we are not as far along defensively as I'd like to be."