Whitehall-Yearling RoundupWith a strong returning nucleus and several key additions, Whitehall-Yearling High School boys basketball coach Drew Williams expects his team to again advance far into the postseason.
Marysville RoundupThe expectations remain high for the Marysville High School boys basketball team.
Super 7 girls preseason rankings (with 2014-15 record in parentheses):
1. Olentangy Liberty (25-2)
2. Pickerington Central (17-8)
3. Olentangy (21-5)
4. Dublin Coffman (20-6)
5. Reynoldsburg (15-9)
6. Eastmoor Academy (23-3)
7. Upper Arlington (19-6)
Defense is a staple for the Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team, and that proved to be the difference Dec. 1 in the Jaguars’ season opener.
The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team expects opponents to put much of their defensive focus on senior post player Nick Ward.
After reaching the Division I state title game a season ago and with the nucleus of that squad back, Westerville South High School boys basketball coach Ed Calo and his players understand there are high expectations for the team.
Upper Arlington High School boys basketball coach Tim Casey has coached a few memorable teams in his 15 seasons with the Golden Bears, but this year's version excites and intrigues him as much as any.
Last season in Artie Taylor's first year as coach, the Wellington School boys basketball team nearly doubled its win total from 2013-14.
The Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team won five more games last season than it did the previous season, and third-year coach Mike Moler likes what he has seen from the Irish thus far.
The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys basketball team is a bit behind schedule to start the season, as six of its 11 players were members of the football team, whose season was extended to a Division II regional final Nov. 20.
Worthington Christian Roundup
By the end of last season, three sophomores and one junior had settled in as key players for a Worthington Christian High School boys basketball team that finished 18-6 overall.
Whether coach Greg Nossaman has five starters returning or only one, fundamentals are the main focus for his Olentangy Liberty High School boys basketball team.
A 35-point loss in its opener has done nothing to shake how the Reynoldsburg High School boys basketball team feels about itself in season four under coach Scott Davis.
The pains of last season might help bring success this winter for the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team.
Grandview Heights Roundup
Jake Bush made sure the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team started strong despite having a depleted roster.
In his first year as Pickerington High School North boys basketball coach, Jason Bates implored his team to "take the stairs," a motivational phrase he shared with the Panthers throughout an 8-16 season.
Gahanna Lincoln Roundup
The way his team ended last season still doesn't sit well with senior Junior Arrey.
The Central Crossing High School boys basketball team has embraced first-year coach Neil Hohman and is dedicated to improving each day.
The Ready High School boys basketball team knows how it is perceived.
Now in his third year as DeSales High School boys basketball coach, Joe Bills has every reason to think the program is on track to continue its recent improvement.
Four former Brookhaven players joined a strong group of holdovers to help the Beechcroft High School boys basketball team double its win total and reach a Division II district semifinal a season ago.
Throughout most of 23rd-year coach Vince Lombardo's tenure, the Watterson High School boys basketball team has found success when it has rebounded and defended effectively.
Having returned four starters, the Whetstone High School boys basketball team expects to see great improvement this season under second-year coach Richie Beard.
Groveport Madison Roundup
The Groveport Madison High School boys basketball team doesn't have the depth or experience that it had last season, but that doesn't mean fourth-year coach Ryan Grashel isn't optimistic about the season.
Canal Winchester Roundup
Lyndell Snyder took over as Canal Winchester High School boys basketball coach last season, succeeding the man who had been the face of the Indians' program for a generation in 27-year coach Kent Riggs.
Of the four central Ohio high school boys basketball teams that won Division I district championships a year ago, three have returned experienced casts headlined by players who made either first- or second-team all-district.
As the Bexley High School boys basketball team prepares for its first season in more than a decade under a new coach, the challenges include replacing the top scorer and a lack of size.
St. Charles Roundup
Coming off the program's first CCL title in 20 years, seventh-year coach Jacob Daniel wants his St. Charles Preparatory School basketball team to put that accolade in the past.
Scott Vayansky calls the Westland High School boys basketball team "a work in progress."
Watkins Memorial Roundup
The Watkins Memorial High School boys basketball team is seeking its first winning season since 1990-91.
Licking Heights Roundup
With big post players surrounded by perimeter shooters, the Licking Heights High School girls basketball team will be seeking to improve on last season when it finished 6-17 overall.
Coach Chad Scott has taken over a youth-oriented Northridge High School girls basketball team.
Jason Carter is a known entity for the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys basketball team, but coach Kevin Martin said the Johnnies are much more than their standout senior forward.
Big Walnut Roundup
The Big Walnut High School boys basketball team is looking to find a path to success under first-year coach Brett Bartlett.
Delaware Hayes Roundup
Despite losing three key players to graduation, including two who etched their names in the program's record books, seventh-year Delaware Hayes High School boys basketball coach Jordan Blackburn sees a lot of potential in his team.
Westerville South looks stacked again after ending last season with the Division I state runner-up trophy, but there are plenty of other options available when trying to get a handle on which teams will make an impact in central Ohio high school boys basketball this winter.