Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference

Division I

Player to watch: Jaymere Hadden: The 6-foot-3 Millville High School swing man averaged 19.7 points last season. He shot 48 percent from the floor.

Player on the rise: Keyshawn Reynolds: The 6-4 Atlantic City junior is a force inside and one of the league's strongest players.

Favorite: Atlantic City

Contenders: Vineland; Absegami

Rebuilding: Egg Harbor Township; Millville

Absegami

Last season's record: 14-10. Coach: Mike Bult (first season). Key players: Cesar Sandoval, 5-9, Sr., G; Javonte Dickerson, 5-6, Sr., G; Avery Cunningham, 6-4, Sr., C; Adam Bruce, 6-2, Sr., F; Vince Giunta, 5-10, Sr., G. Outlook: Bult, a longtime Braves assistant, takes over as the head coach. Absegami will rely on its speed and quickness. Cunningham averaged 15.8 points, while Dickerson averaged nearly four assists last season.

Atlantic City

Last season's record: 18-9. Coach: Gene Allen (154-50, seven seasons). Key players: Jaleem Montague, 6-8, So., F; Keyshawn Reynolds, 6-4, Jr., F; Kayshawn Dunston, 6-3, Jr., F; Lorenzo Smith, 6-0, Sr., G; Donte DeMungia, 6-9, So., C; Elijah Langford, 6-2, Sr., G; Ismael Naji, 6-4, Jr., F; Martel Johnson, 5-10, Jr., G. Outlook: The Vikings are young and talented and favored to win the division. But they could struggle early because of their inexperience. Few teams can match the Vikings' size. Atlantic City's big men must mature, and the Vikings need to get quality guard play to compliment their size.

Egg Harbor Township

Last season's record: 12-14. Coach: George McNally (186-212, 16 seasons). Key returnees: Justin Williams, 6-2, Jr., F; Matt Watts, 6-0, Sr., G. Top newcomers: Rahim Bunch; Luke Peterson; A.J. Villaluna; Connor Maser; Jimmy Barnes: Taylor Simpkins; Darren Moses; Jordan Williams; Tyler Dixon. Outlook: EHT doesn't return any starters. The Eagles have depth but lack experience and size.

Millville

Last season's record: 16-7. Coach: Michael Jones (first year). Key returnees: Jaymere Hadden, 6-3, Sr., G/F; Shaq Lee, 6-0, Jr., G; Michael Cirocco, 6-0, Jr., G. Top newcomers: Rashon Sorrell, So., G; Marquis Matts, 6-3, So., F; Allen Gaskins, So., G/F; Bishop Evans, So., G; Brandon Hart, 6-2, Sr., F. Outlook: Haden is one of the few returnees from a team that won the division last season. Millville will be quick and athletic.

Vineland

Last season's record: 8-16. Coach: Jack Martine (26-25, two seasons). Key players: Josh Ashley, 6-6, Sr., F; Trey Parker, 6-5, Jr., C; Jordan Roberts, 5-10, Sr., G; Isiah Cross, 5-9, Jr., G; Sean Chini, 6-5, Jr., C; Christian Morton, 5-8, So., G; Marc Snead, 5-8, Sr., G; Darius Flowers, 6-3, Sr., F; Nicolai Thompson, 6-1, Sr., F; Warren Savery, 6-2, Sr., G; Eric Robertson, 5-8, Sr., G. Outlook: The Fighting Clan have size and experience in the post and on the wing. Ashley averaged 10.3 points last season. Vineland is inexperienced at the guard position. Vineland should be improved over last season. Martine said the Fighting Clan want to be hard-working, fundamentally sound team.

American Conference

Division II

Player to watch: Charlie Monaghan: The 6-6 St. Augustine Prep forward averaged 15.9 points last season.

Player on the rise: Matt Bosch of Ocean City: The 6-1 swing man averaged 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds as a sophomore last season.

Favorite: St. Augustine Prep

Contender: Ocean City; Lower Cape May Regional; Oakcrest

Rebuilding: Hammonton; Mainland Regional

Hammonton

Last season's record: 2-22. Coach: Joe Martino (nine seasons). Key returnees: Jason Crowder, 6-2, Sr., F; Tyler D'Amelio, 5-9, Jr., G; Christian Mortellite, 6-4, So., F. Top newcomers: Jon Lopez, 6-3, Jr., F/C; Jim Harkness, 6-2, Jr., F/C; Isaiah Pugh, 5-8, So., G; Cris Matos, 5-5; Kyle Darby, 5-9, Jr., G; Connor Chew, 5-8, Jr., G. Outlook: Hammonton should improve over last season. The Blue Devils have depth and quickness, but with one senior, lack experience.

Lower Cape May Regional

Last season's record: 21-5. Coach: Scott Holden (first season). Key returnees: Brandon Pascucci, 6-2, Sr., G; Ernie Harper, 6-0, Sr., G; Marvin Evans, 5-8, Sr., G; George Moore, 6-4, Sr., F/C; Vance Matthews, 6-3, Jr., G/F. Top newcomers: Bob O'Donnell, 5-8, Jr., G; Zach Betz, 5-11, Jr., G; Shaq Lovelace, 5-10, Jr., G; Rudy Bishop, 6-0, Sr., G/F; C.J. Young, 5-10, Jr., G. Outlook: Lower graduated 2009-10 Press Player of the Year Tom McKeefery, but returns a number of veterans. The Caper Tigers are strong in the backcourt with Pascucci (12.6 ppg), Harper and Evans. Matthews and Harper can create shots for themselves and teammates with their ability to penetrate defenses. Evans is an active defender.

Mainland Regional

Last season's record: 6-16. Coach: Tom McKeever (6-16, second season at Mainland). Key returnees: Grant Pfund, 6-0, Sr., F; Richard Kugel, 5-10, Sr., G. Top newcomers: Chris Coursey, 5-8, Sr., G; Billy Wilcox, 6-2, Jr., F; Luke Spear, 6-2, Sr., F; Patrick Kugel, 6-2, Jr., F; Connor Castellani, 6-4, Sr., C; Marquitis Glass, 6-2, Sr., C; Dionis Gonzalez, 5-10, So., G; Darius Jerkins, 6-5, Fr., C; Izaiah Plummer, 5-9, Jr., G. Outlook: Mainland features plenty of new faces but is a close group, according to McKeever. The Mustangs lack size. Pfund averaged seven points as a starter last season.

St. Augustine Prep

Last season's record: 22-7. Coach: Paul Rodio (708-205, 34 seasons). Key returnees: Isaiah Morton, 5-8, Sr., G; Charlie Monaghan 6-6, Sr., F; Steven Rodio, 5-8, Sr., PG; Brent Slotoroff, 6-2, Jr., G; Austin Johnson, 6-5, Jr., PF; Mike Greenman, 5-6, So., PG. Top newcomers: Ryan Bland, 6-6, So., PF; David Sullivan, 6-1, So., G; Domenic Palmieri, 6-0, Jr., F. Outlook: The Hermits have the size, experience and quickness to compete for a state title.

Oakcrest

Last season's record: 12-11. Coach: Frank Brown (21-38, two seasons). Key players: Justin Knight, 5-10, Sr., G; Jeff Skinner, 6-2, Sr., G; Rob Gouldet, 6-0, Sr., G; Shane Adams, 6-5, Jr., F. Outlook: The Falcons are talented in the backcourt and played well in summer and fall leagues. Knight is a player to watch.

Ocean City

Last season's record: 19-9. Coach: John Bruno (275-248, 22 seasons). Key returnees: Tom Ballezzi, 6-0, Sr., G; Matt Bosch, 6-1, Jr., F; Chris Turner, 5-9, Jr., G; Dylan Canova, 6-0, Sr., G; Brendan Feeney, 6-3, Sr, F; Connor Hart, 6-0, Jr., G; Luke Hogan, 5-10, Sr., G; Andrew Kimball, 5-11, Jr., G; Matt Mayo, 5-10, Jr., G; Wally Snow, 6-0, Sr., F. Top newcomers: Derrick Achuff, 5-10, So., G. Outlook: The Red Raiders should contend behind returning starters Ballezzi (7.6 ppg) and Bosch. Turner came off the bench to provide a spark in several big games at the end of last season.

National Conference

Division I

Favorite: Holy Spirit; Middle Township

Contender: Pleasantville

Rebuilding: Bridgeton; Buena Regional

Player to watch: Jate Cheshul: The Holy Spirit High School senior has committed to attend Division II Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., on a scholarship. The 6-4 Cheshul is agile enough to play on the perimeter and strong enough to play in the post.

Player on the rise: Marcus Harmon: The 6-4 senior from Middle Township began his career primarily as a perimeter shooter but is a much more complete player now with the ability to score inside and outside. He averaged 13.4 points last season.

Buena Regional

Last season's record: 14-14. Coach: Erik Ball (76-223, 12 seasons). Key returnees: Landy Panico, 5-9, Sr., G; Rashan Austin, 5-8, Sr., G; Art Fields, 6-0, Sr., G. Top newcomers: Trayvond Barbary, 6-4, Sr., C; Donate McKinnon, 6-0, Sr., G; Tyler Parent, 6-0, Jr., F; Gabe Guadramma, 5-8, Jr., G; Andre Hewitt, 6-0, Jr., F. Outlook: Buena surprised last season by reaching the South Jersey Group II semifinals. The Chiefs graduated their three top scorers. Buena will rely on Panico (8.1 ppg) and Austin (4.1 ppg) for leadership.

Bridgeton

Last season's record: 14-12. Coach: Osco Williams (68-78, six seasons). Key returnees: Frank Nock, 6-0, Sr., G; Dontae Stubbs, 5-10, Jr., G. Top newcomers: Tyren Johnson, 5-11, Jr., F; Karma Segers, 6-0, Jr., G/F; Chris Brown, 5-10, Jr., G/F; Jeffrey Stevenson, 6-2, Jr., F/C; Samuel Bell, 6-3, Jr., C; Darrell Jackson, 5-10, Jr., G. Outlook: Bridgeton comes off back-to-back playoff appearances but graduated several standouts. Nock, a good outside shooter, has 868 career points. Bridgeton plays a tough nonleague schedule that includes games against Cherokee, Willingboro, Woodbury and Burlington City.

Holy Spirit

Last season's record: 14-11. Coach: Jamie Gillespie (77-21, five seasons). Key returnees: Asmar Williams, 6-2, Sr., G; Jate Cheshul, 6-5, Sr., F; Larry Jones, 6-5, Jr., F; Paul Moore, 6-1, So., G; Tyler Miller, 5-11, Sr., G.; Josh Popper, 6-5, Sr., F; Dylan Price, 6-3, Sr., F. Top newcomers: John Sommers, 6-1, Jr., G; Junior Saintel, 6-4, Fr., F. Outlook: The Spartans should contend for the conference title and be one of southern New Jersey's top teams. Williams (14 ppg) and Cheshul (13 ppg) form a potent one-two combination. Moore impressed as a freshman point guard last season.

Middle Township

Last season's record: 16-10. Coach: Tom Feraco (603-199, 29 seasons). Key players: Wayne Lennon, 6-1, Sr., G; Clarence Allen, 6-1, Jr., G; Brian Smith, 5-8, Sr., G; Durrell Shelton, 5-9, So., G; Shai Henry, 6-4, Sr., F; Tom Feraco, 6-1, So., F; Tom Catanoso, 5-10, So., G; Gary Woodlin, 6-2, Sr., F; Jeff Barber, 6-3, Jr., F; Marcus Harmon, 6-4, Sr., F. Outlook: The Panthers should contend for the conference and South Jersey Group II titles. Middle is a veteran group and will start five seniors. Henry, one of the CAL's top sophomores two seasons ago, returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Pleasantville

Last season's record: 12-11: Coach: Kenny Johnson (63-65, five seasons). Key players: Armin Cain, 6-1, Sr., G; Sheldon Spiller, 6-3, Sr., F; Kenny Brown, 5-7, Sr., G; Shaun Wilson, 6-0, Jr., G; Josh Evans, 5-11, Jr., G; Taj Ford, 6-2, So., F; Neal Perkins, 6-2, So., F; Reggie Brown, 5-9, Sr., G; Eric Dilks, 6-2, Sr., G/F; Lance Rogers, 5-8, Jr., G. Outlook: Johnson said he expects the Greyhounds to contend for the conference title. The Greyhounds played well in the summer and fall. Cain, Spiller and Brown provide veteran leadership. Cain is an accurate outside shooter.

National Conference

Division II

Player to watch: Andrew Ordille: The St. Joseph junior guard sank 31 3-pointers last season.

Player on the rise: T-John Casiello: The 5-foot-6 Wildwood Catholic point guard is a smart player with the ability to shoot from the perimeter.

Favorite: Wildwood Catholic

Contender: Cape May Tech

Rebuilding: St. Joseph; Sacred Heart

Cape May Tech

Last season's record: 14-11. Coach: Bob Ridgway (104-184, 12 seasons). Key returnees: Khali Wilson, 5-10, Jr., G; Jahmeek Mitchell, 6-1, Jr., G; Shawn Karge, 6-0, Sr., G; Jake Heminway, 6-6, So., C; Brandon Carrillo, 6-3, Jr., G; Jamie Neill, 6-1, Jr., G. Top newcomers: Connor Mulville, 6-1, So., F; Clinton Freeman, 6-3, Fr., F; Mark Kunkle, 5-10, So., G; Danny Torres, 5-8, So., G; Tim Vantrieste, 6-1, So., G; Tyler Newill, 6-4, Jr., F. Outlook: The Hawks should contend for a playoff spot and a division title. Heminway, Carrillo and Mitchell gained valuable experience last season.

Sacred Heart

Last season's record: 6-20. Coach: Anthony Toner. Key players: Jeff Ronchetti, 5-11, Jr., G; Mike DePalma, 5-11, Sr., G; Nick Gladfelger, 6-5, Sr., C; Matt Lewis, 5-10, Jr., G; Troy Day, 5-10, Jr., G. Outlook: The Lions are undersized but will hustle and try to control the tempo.

St. Joseph

Last season's record: 10-16. Coach: Tim Gallagher (110-124, nine seasons). Key returnees: Drew Terry, 6-1, Sr., G; Andrew Ordille, 5-10, Jr., G; Ed Clopp, 6-2, Sr., C; Zach Major, 5-8, Sr., G; Zach Grant, 6-0, So., G. Top newcomers: Chris DeGroot, 6-2, Jr., F; Palmer Reap, 5-10, Jr., G; Jordan Barbone, 5-9, Jr., G; Phil Paulhill, 6-1, Sr., G; Marco Hernandez-Colon, 6-2, Jr., C. Outlook: The Wildcats lack experience and size. Gallagher said St. Joe will rely on its ability to play smart, tough basketball. Grant impressed as a freshman last season.

Wildwood Catholic

Last season's record: 9-16. Coach: Dave DeWeese (108-105, eight seasons). Key players: Zac DeWeese, 6-2, Sr., F; Fred Sottnick, 6-3, Sr., F; DaQuill Gibbs, 5-10, Sr., G; T-John Casiello, 5-6, Jr., G; Brian Toland, 6-4, Sr., F; Mike Capozzoli, 6-2, Jr.. Outlook: The Wildcats return several experienced players and should compete for the division title. Casiello and Capozzoli were two of the league's top sophomores last season.

Shore Conference

Barnegat

Last season's record: 8-16. Coach: Erik Mazur (23-72, four seasons). Key returnees: Ryan Morris, Jr; Anthony McGugan, Jr.; Aaron McGugan, Jr.; Anthony DeCapua, Jr. Outlook: The Bengals should improve as they played several sophomores last season. The McGugan twins will spark Barnegat.

Lacey Township

Last season's record: 11-13. Coach: Ryan O'Rourke (25-26, two seasons). Key returnees: Deon Smith, 6-3, Sr., F; Tyrell Smith, 6-5, Jr., C; Dylan Joslin, 6-2, Sr., C; Hayden Work, 5-8, Sr., G; Logan McDonald, 6-4, Jr., F; Ryan Reitmeyer, 6-1, Jr., G; Dyllon Ramos, 5-7, Jr., G. Outlook: Lacey is experienced with good size. The Lions should improve on last season's win total.

Pinelands Regional

Last season's record: 8-19. Coach: John Tierney. Key players: Jacob Hartman, Sr., G; Mike Keller, Sr., F; Mark Pezzota, Sr., C. Outlook: Hartman and Keller are both athletic. The Wildcats have the ability to improve on last season's victory total.

Southern Regional

Last season's record:16-10. Coach: Eric Fierro (first season). Key returnees: T.J. Bellissimo, 5-8, Jr., G; Luke Sheehan, 6-2, Sr., G; Robert Wilder, 6-3, Sr., F. Outlook: The Rams graduated several standouts and Fierro takes over as coach. Sheehan averaged double figures last season.

Tri-County Conference

Cumberland Regional

Last season's record: 14-10. Coach: Jason Ceresini (24-24, two seasons). Key returnees: Miles Carter, 6-3, Sr., F; JaRon Cody, 6-1, Sr., G; DeSean Cross, 5-8, Sr., G; Patrae Thomas, 6-4, Jr., F; Jeron Hadden, 6-0, Sr., G/F. Top newcomers: Charles Clark, 5-7, Sr., G; John Warren, 5-10, Sr., G; Malcolm Parrish, 6-4, Jr., F. Outlook: Carter (5.4 ppg) is the only returning starter.

Wildwood

Last season's record: 7-15: Coach: Scott McCracken (first season). Key players: Zack Barrett, 6-2, Jr., F; Francis Christian, So.; Zack Madle, Sr.; Kyle Brown, Jr.; Curtis Gift, 6-0, Sr., F. Outlook: McCracken was a former Wildwood assistant. Gift and Barrett are talented athletes who provide the warriors with some quickness and toughness.

Tri-State Christian

Atlantic Christian

Last season's record: 27-5. Coach: Tom Piotrowski. Key returnees: Luke Piotrowski, 6-11, Sr., C; Deshon Minnis, 6-2, Sr., G; Jalen Armstead, 6-4, Sr., F; Ja Briel Chandler, 6-4, So., F; Paul Morgenweck, 5-11, Jr., G. Top newcomers: Derek Johnson, 6-6, Sr., F; Weifan Min, 6-2, Sr., G. Outlook: The Cougars may be the region's most talented team, but they do not compete for a state title and do not belong to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and Piotrowski is headed to Richmond, Minnis is a Division I prospect. Min was a member of the under-19 China National team.

Michael McGarry

Atlantic Christian will play a challenging schedule that includes a game against last season's Tournament of Champions winner Trenton Catholic.