Chances are when the Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team opens the season Saturday, Dec. 3, at home against Perrysburg, it won't be surprised by anything from the Yellow Jackets.

Chances are when the Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team opens the season Saturday, Dec. 3, at home against Perrysburg, it won't be surprised by anything from the Yellow Jackets.

The Shamrocks embarked on a preseason scrimmage schedule that may have been a Who's Who of Ohio boys basketball, showing them just about everything the top teams can do.

Among the squads Coffman faced were Cincinnati Moeller, Mentor, Toledo St. John's and Warren Harding, all of which likely will be ranked in the first Division I state poll. Coach Jamey Collins believes that should pay dividends for the Shamrocks.

"We have played teams that are physical, athletic and disciplined," said Collins, who is in his 10th season. "I think if you have a chance to be a really good team, then you need to know exactly where you are and what you need to do. There is a fine line between building confidence and heavy competition and we've probably walked it, but I am hopeful we've had the right mix."

The Shamrocks finished 18-4 overall last season, losing to Walnut Ridge 60-53 in a Division I district semifinal after beating Logan (73-53) and Whetstone (65-51) in the first two rounds. The loss to the Scots halted a 10-game winning streak, one off the program record.

The highlight of last season was earning a share of the OCC-Central Division title. Coffman, which finished second to Upper Arlington in the league in 2009-10, split the meetings with the Golden Bears last winter to finish 13-1 and share the league championship with UA. Thomas Worthington (9-5) was third, followed by Hilliard Davidson (7-7), Hilliard Darby (5-9), Worthington Kilbourne (5-9), Central Crossing (2-12) and Westland (2-12).

The Shamrocks open league play Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Central Crossing.

Last season, Coffman was led by a seven-member senior class, which included its three leading scorers in guards Zack Riddle (16.5 points per game) and Christian Heine (13.4 ppg) and forward Adam Hall (8.5 ppg). Riddle was named first-team all-league and third-team all-district. Heine was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district and Hall was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

"We lost some very good players," Collins said. "And it's been interesting so far. We have a mix of experience and inexperience, a mix of big and little. I've seen a lot of things I like and some areas where we've been exposed. But I love the way the guys are working."

The Shamrocks will be led by five returnees with varsity experience. Just one, however, was a full-time starter last year, 6-foot-11 senior center Eric Weisenbach.

Weisenbach averaged 7.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks last season and made honorable mention all-league. He recently signed to play at Tennessee Tech University.

Also back after being in the regular rotation are senior guard Brad Schulze (5-10) and junior forwards Jason Hall (6-4) and Kevin Marsh (6-5).

Another returnee is senior Kyle Molock. The 6-2 guard missed last season after suffering a knee injury in the summer of 2010.

A starter as a freshman and sophomore and a St. Joseph University signee, he averaged 14 points and three assists during the 2009-10 season and was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

"A lot of people don't realize the last time he played he was a sophomore," Collins said. "To go from being a sophomore to a senior and what comes with that is not easy. But he is doing well. His scoring has come back and I think he's a much better passer than before."

Also on the team are senior Zack Abbruzzese (5-9, guard), juniors Hayden Dygert (6-6, forward), Josh Morrow (6-1, guard) and Austen Rankin (5-9, guard) and sophomore Ricky Ambrose (5-9, guard).

"We have some good guys who have come up," Schulze said. "All are hard workers and bring something to the team that can help us. We've played a lot of the top teams around and it's shown us our strengths and weaknesses. If we can fix our weaknesses, I think things can come together for us."

Coffman is aiming for another OCC-Central title and a postseason run.

"The guys have worked hard to prepare for this," Collins said. "What I like is every guy feels like they belong. Now we're working to reach a level of where they can play together in these tough games."

•The girls team opens the season with a home game Tuesday, Dec. 6, against Central Crossing.

The game also is the OCC-Central opener.