20-8 (GCL Coed)
Lost in Regional Finals 64-59 to Chaminade-Julienne
Who is Back: Gavin Leen (Sr), RJ Greer (Jr)- transfer from Springboro, Charlie Uhl (Jr), Brady Connor (Jr), Matthew Lunne (Jr)
Who is Gone: Anthony Ruffolo (1st Team All District) AJ Leen (2nd Team All District), Gavin Geisel
Burning Question: Is Greer the missing piece to get the Knights back to Dayton?
Outlook: Alter is one of the biggest teams in the area with several players 6-foot-6 or taller. Losing 2 All-District guards is tough, but the Knights are still one of the better teams in the area and can challenge for a league and District title.
26-3 (GCL Coed)
Lost in State Semifinals 56-54 to Lutheran West
Who is Back: Devin Rakestraw (Sr), Cal Weatherspoon (Sr), David Cartwright (Jr)
Who is Gone: George Washington III (District Player of the Year), Evan Dickey, Jackson Washington
Burning Question: Can the Eagles replace the amount of scoring lost?
Outlook: C-J will still be a tough team and can challenge for a District title, but the race for the GCL will come down to them and Alter
20-7 (1st in Dayton City League)
Lost in Regional Semifinals 58-50 to Alter
Who is Back: Eric Brewer (Sr), Baron White (Jr)- transfer from Northridge, Jekel Hill (Jr)
Who is Gone: Antaune Allen (1st Team All District), Antone Allen, BJ Hatcher- transfer to Northmont
Burning Question: How does Dunbar replace the Allen twins and their scholarship PG?
Outlook: The Wolverines lost a lot of talent to graduation and transfer from a season ago. But Brewer and White will be leaders and Dunbar should again be the team to beat in the DCL
Lost in Sectionals 58-54 to Northmont
Who is Back: Tim Carpenter (Sr)- Indiana (football) commit, Delamarr Blanton (Sr)- transfer from Middletown, Donovan Hardy (Sr)- transfer from West Carrollton, Jamiel Atkins (Jr), Cari Reaves (So)- transfer from Meadowdale, Darius Dennis (Fr)
Who is Gone: Mykel Morton
Burning Question: How well will the new players mesh together?
Outlook: There are a lot of new faces in Trotwood. If chemistry is built, and Carpenter ends up playing, this team can win a District title now that the Rams are moving down to Division II.
19-5 (Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference-Red)
Lost in District Finals 72-59 to Dunbar
Who is Back: Ru Mills (Sr)- 1st Team All District, Donte Ferrell (Sr), Jeremiah Hughes (Sr)
Who is Gone: Kanye Moreland- 3rd Team All District
Burning Question: Can Bulldogs be the best team in Cincinnati?
Outlook: Woodward has seniors and plenty of athleticism across the board. Mills can be one of the best scorers in the District and the Bulldogs will be the favorites in the CMAC.
23-3 (Cincinnati Hills League)
Lost in District Finals 65-35 to Chaminade-Julienne
Who is Back: Kellan Wiley (So), Carlyle Billingsley (So)
Who is Gone: Lance Grayson (2nd Team All District), Will Svendsen, Louie Trenkamp
Burning Question: Can the Cowboys repeat their undefeated league record in 2024?
Outlook: This group will again be one of the best teams in SW Ohio and although they are a young team, can compete for another District title run.
17-7 (Miami Valley Conference-Scarlet)
Lost in District Semifinals 75-53 to Woodward
Who is Back: Luke Sanders (Jr)- 2nd Team All District
Who is Gone: Wes Roberts (1st Team All District)
Burning Question: Can Sanders get the Eagles back to a District title?
Outlook: CHCA moves back down to Division III after a season in Division II and have one of the best scorers in SW Ohio on their team. The Eagles will be a tough out and could challenge for a District title.
19-6 (Western Ohio Athletic Conference)
Lost in District Semifinals 53-49 to Tri-Village
Who is Back: Kole Huffman (Sr), Luke Miller (Jr)
Who is Gone: Conner Hawk (3rd Team All District), Owen Stevenson
Burning Question: Can the Greyhounds replicate their previous success with the loss of Hawk?
Outlook: Dixie made a major step last year and bring back some pieces from that team going into the new season. Losing Hawk will be tough, but the core back makes Dixie a sleeper to monitor.
13-12 (Central Buckeye Conference-Mad River)
Lost in District Semifinals 60-51 to Miami East
Who is Back: Caiden Nicol (Sr)- 1st Team All District, Camdon Tuttle (Sr)
Who is Gone:
Burning Question: Can Lakers contend with Miami East or Preble Shawnee at the top of the District?
Outlook: Indian Lake has a history of competing come postseason. This group has made the District title twice as underclassmen and can get back to Districts.
24-3 (Three Rivers Conference)
Lost in Regional Semifinals 50-40 to Preble Shawnee
Who is Back: Wes Enis (Sr)- Lincoln Memorial commit- 1st Team All District, Jacob Roeth (Sr)- 1st Team All District
Who is Gone:
Burning Question: Will East get through Preble Shawnee come tournament time?
Outlook: The Vikings have one of the best guard combos in the state and are a winning team. Expect another District title and the Vikings make an argument to make it to Dayton come March.
23-4 (Western Ohio Athletic Conference)
Lost in Regional Finals 59-46 to Harvest Prep
Who is Back: Mason Shrout (Sr)- IPFW commit- District Player of the Year, Logan Hawley (Sr), Brayden Robinette (Sr)
Who is Gone: Isaac Blankenship
Burning Question: Are the Arrows in the same conversation with the state contenders?
Outlook: Arrows should again win the WOAC behind Shrout and an improved Hawley. If they can get past Miami East, easily a District contender and can make it to Dayton.
14-8 (Miami Valley Conference-Gray)
Lost in District Finals 42-27 to Preble Shawnee
Who is Back: Isaiah Richardson (Sr), Terrance Yarbrough (Jr)
Who is Gone: Jaden Sims
Burning Question: Can Hornets repeat their postseason success?
Outlook: Likely one of the best teams out of D3 in Cincy. Another District run is certainly possible.
Summit Country Day
18-7 (Miami Valley Conference-Scarlet)
Lost in District Semifinals 38-34 (OT) to Mariemont
Who is Back: Cayleb Walters (Jr)- 1st Team All District, Chris Davis (Sr), Jalen Dandridge (Sr)
Who is Gone: Pat McHugh
Burning Question: Do the Knights have the experience to win a District title?
Outlook: Former standout Kevin Johnson Jr takes over for the Knights and inherits a team returning a lot of talent from last year. Walters could be a breakout candidate.
21-6 (Western Ohio Athletic Conference)
Lost in Regional Semifinals 54-45 to Harvest Prep
Who is Back: Tanner Printz (Sr), Trey Sagester (So)
Who is Gone: Wilson Suggs (1st Team All District), Justin Finkbine (2nd Team All District), Dalton DeLong
Burning Question: Can the Patriots continue their dominant program losing 3 starters?
Outlook: The Patriots are always a well coached program and have one of the better athletes in Printz. If Sagester can shoot the ball consistently, they can contend again for a District title.
15-10 (Shelby County Athletic League)
Lost in District Semifinals 53-38 to Russia
Who is Back: Jordan Herzog (Sr)
Who is Gone: Carter Pleiman (1st Team All District)
Burning Question: Can the Trojans still compete with the rest of the SCAL?
Outlook: Herzog’s return gives the Trojans confidence in competing even with the loss of a fantastic player in Pleiman. Botkins should still be a team to monitor.
26-2 (Shelby County Athletic League)
Lost in Regional Finals 27-25 to Russia
Who is Back: Reed Platfoot (So)
Who is Gone: Jace Mullenhour (1st Team All District), Nolan Fark (2nd Team All District), Camdyn Reese
Burning Question: Will the Tigers continue to be a contender in SW Ohio?
Outlook: The Tigers lose a lot of production and will have a new coach as Aaron Klopfenstein takes over as the new coach. If Platfoot plays the way he did this Spring/Summer, the Tigers will have a breakout candidate for the next few years.
25-4 (Shelby County Athletic League)
Lost in State Semifinals 66-51 to Richmond Heights
Who is Back: Hayden Quinter (Sr)- 1st Team All District, Braylon Cordonnier (Jr)- Marshall (baseball) commit- 2nd Team All District
Who is Gone:
Burning Question: Will the Raiders return to Dayton after the magical run last year?
Outlook: Russia is the favorite in the SCAL and will again be the favorites out of SW Ohio with the return of Cordonnier and Quinter.
23-4 (Three Rivers Conference)
Lost in Regional Semifinals 41-33 to Russia
Who is Back: Parker Penrod (Sr)- Ohio Christian commit- 1st Team All District, Frank Rupnik (Sr)
Who is Gone: NONE
Burning Question: Can the Eagles score well enough to get past the slow paced SCAL teams?
Outlook: Penrod leading the backcourt and Rupnik in the post gives Troy Christian a good inside-out combo to separate themselves in the District.