COACH: Pat Yerina
LAST YEAR: 24-3 (14-0)
TOP PLAYERS: Isaac Vann, 6-4, Sr. capt., G/F (22.5 ppg., 11.5 rpg); Darek Wojenski, 6-3, Sr. capt., G; Ryan Pittman, 5-11, Jr., G; (11.0 ppg.); Justin Townsend, 5-10, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: Losing three starters may hurt Bunnell’s chances in repeating. But Vann is one of the state’s best. If he gets some help, count the Bulldogs back in as a team to beat in the SWC and a top 15 team overall.
COACH: Vin Laczkoski
LAST YEAR: 17-7 (11-3)
TOP PLAYERS: Jaylen Jennings, 6-4, Sr. capt., F; Rafael Torres, 6-2, Sr. capt., G/F; Jake Heaton, 6-0, Jr., G/F; C.J. Davidson, 5-9, Jr., G
OUTLOOK: Losing both Danny Upchurch and Earl Coleman will hurt the Lancers. But this team will still remain very competitive behind Jennings. With Upchurch gone, who hits the big shots down the stretch?
COACH: Paul Dudzinski
LAST YEAR: 14-9 (10-4)
TOP PLAYERS: Eric Rankin, 6-2, Sr. capt., G (11.6 ppg.); Nick Diulio, 6-4, Sr. capt., F; Sam Bernier, 5-11, Jr., G; Evan Vellecha, 5-11, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: The Red Devils lose Bernard Brantley and Marcus Vereen and that will hurt their chances of contending in the SWC. Rankin may become the go-to player for Stratford, a team opponents would be foolish to overlook.
COACH: Ryan Ott
LAST YEAR: 2-17
TOP PLAYERS: D’Andre Gibbs, 6-1, Jr., G/F; Neville Williams, 6-0, Jr., F; Quentin Little 5-9; Jr., G
OUTLOOK: The rebuilding process continues for Amistad. If the team can be competitive in the East Haven Christmas Tournament later this month, maybe it could be a better season than expected.
COACH: Todd Manuel
LAST YEAR: 6-14
TOP PLAYERS: Kevin Kelly, 6-4, Sr. capt., F-C; Thomas Majchrzak, 6-4, Sr. capt., F/C; KeJuan Gordon, 5-10, Jr., G; Angel Fortuno, 6-1, So., F/C
OUTLOOK: The Chargers have some size up front in Kelly and Majchrzak, but much of their offensive production graduated. Can Ansonia fare well in the NVL Brass despite those losses? Yes, but the younger players in the program will need to develop quickly for that to happen.
COACH: Adam Finkelstein
LAST YEAR: 15-6
TOP PLAYERS: Colin Richey, 6-1, Sr. capt., PG; Ben Engvall, 6-4, Sr. capt., F; Cameron Neubauer, 6-7, post-grad, F
OUTLOOK: The Wild Boars will look to defend their Founders League title behind a very talented and deep club. The question is: who will take the big shots down the stretch? If Choate can find its go-to player, it can be better than expected.
COACH: Francisco Salazar
LAST YEAR: 2-18
TOP PLAYERS: Tyrae Small, Sr., G; Eric Hicks, Jr., G; Faris Korenic, Jr., F
OUTLOOK: The Red Raiders hope to bounce back from a dismal campaign behind Small and Hicks. Derby may surprise a few teams within the NVL Brass, but will struggle against the conference heavyweights.
COACH: Jay Karlins
LAST YEAR: 4-15
TOP PLAYERS: Mike Breuler, 6-1, Sr. capt., G; Austin DiMartino, 6-1, Jr. capt., G; Jay Moran, 6-2, Jr., F; Michael DiMartino, 5-9, So., G
OUTLOOK: Karlins, a former assistant in the program, will attempt to return the program back into Fairchester League title contention. Karlins intends to go deep into his bench and play an uptempo style.
COACH: Rocco DeMaio
LAST YEAR: 13-11
TOP PLAYERS: Kofi Adjepong, 5-8, Jr., G; Edens Fleurizard, 6-5, So., C; Charlie Zane, 5-9, So., G; Drew Nolan, 5-9, So., G
OUTLOOK: Hopkins graduated four starters band Sam Glazer transferred. So the Hilltoppers are hoping to match last year’s goal of finishing fourth in the Fairchester League.
COACH: Dan Nemergut
LAST YEAR: 14-7
TOP PLAYERS: Nabil Tavarez, 6-0, Sr., F; Devin Bacciocchi, 5-11, Jr., F; Don Morgan, 6-4, Sr., C; Josh Gonzalez,
6-0, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: The loss of go-to player Shaquan Jackson will hurt. The Condors face a rebuilding season without him.
COACH: Chris Burnham
LAST YEAR: 4-16
TOP PLAYERS: Joe Carter, 6-4, Jr., F/C; Archangel Homar, 6-3, Jr., F/C; Tahaj Teele, 5-8, Jr., G; Jordan Corbin, 6-2, So., F
OUTLOOK: Burnham feels the Panthers will be better than the last couple of seasons. That will depend on how consistent the guard play is. If that goes well, Platt Tech has enough size with Carter and Homar that a postseason berth is a definite possibility.
COACH: Joe Carrafiello
LAST YEAR: 2-18
TOP PLAYERS: Tyler Stevens, 5-11, Sr. capt., G (17.5 ppg.); Ian Hardman, 6-1, Sr. capt., F; Sean Maziuk,
6-23 Jr., C; Matt Vartelas, 5-11, Jr., G/F
OUTLOOK: The Wildcats return one of the NVL’s leading scorers in Stevens and some size up front. Those factors have to help Seymour improve. In what looks to be a wide-open Brass Division, Seymour just might surprise some teams.
COACH: Chris Watts
LAST YEAR: 20-3
TOP PLAYERS: Raekwon Reid, 6-4, Sr. capt., G/F; Jonathan Dzurenda, 6-0, Sr. capt., G; Steven Hashemi, 6-6, Sr., C; Arkel Ager, 6-5, Jr., G
OUTLOOK: Losing Quincy McKnight to prep school will hurt. But transfer Ager can fit in nicely for the Cadets once he becomes eligible on Jan. 10. Count St. Joseph as a FCIAC and state title contender once again.