The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team isn't expecting it to be easy to replace 2011 graduate Stevie Taylor, a point guard who was a regular in the lineup since his freshman season and is the program's all-time leading scorer.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team isn't expecting it to be easy to replace 2011 graduate Stevie Taylor, a point guard who was a regular in the lineup since his freshman season and is the program's all-time leading scorer.

Still, the Lions shouldn't find it difficult to have a competent floor leader this season.

There are plenty of options to bring the ball up the court because of the versatility of the 13 players on Gahanna's roster.

Among the choices is the team's tallest and most polished returnee, 6-foot-6 junior Aaron Jackson.

"We're basically a point-guard-by-committee," said coach Tony Staib, who is in his 10th season leading the Lions. "That's basically the strength of our team because probably 12 out of our 13 guys can run the point. The nice thing about (Jackson) is that he can play all five spots, which is why a lot of Division I schools like him."

Because Gahanna lost 10 players from last season when it went 23-2 and won its second consecutive Division I district championship, Jackson moves from a complementary role into the team's No. 1 option on offense. He averaged 6.9 points last season while making second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division.

Other returning letterwinners are seniors Aaron Roberson (5-9, guard) and Austin Rutherford (6-2, guard). Rutherford and Roberson averaged 3.0 and 1.6 points, respectively, last season.

Senior Grant Patch (6-4, guard/forward) and juniors Ronnie Stokes (5-10, guard) and Troy Mundy (6-2, guard) also return after seeing limited varsity time a year ago.

The other seniors are Isaiah Israel (6-0, guard) and Julian Lowe (6-1, guard). Rounding out the roster are juniors Jabari Latta (5-10, guard), Mark Daniels (6-4, forward), Breon Robinson (6-3, forward) and Deonte Williams (6-0, guard) and sophomores Manuel Powell (5-8, guard) and Keith Scowden (6-5, center).

"We're young, but things are going well and we have really good chemistry," Rutherford said. "We're small. We don't really have any big men, but we're going to try to get out and run."

Gahanna followed its first perfect regular season in 2009-10 by winning its first 17 games last season. The Lions fell to Pickerington North 58-48 during the second round of OCC-Ohio play and shared the league title with the Panthers at 13-1, ahead of Newark (8-6), Pickerington Central (8-6), Reynoldsburg (7-7), Grove City (5-9), Groveport (1-13) and Lancaster (1-13).

In the postseason, Gahanna beat Westland 90-59, Columbus West 80-36, Westerville North 65-63 in overtime and Walnut Ridge 47-44 to win a district title before losing to Northland 57-52 in a regional semifinal.

Taylor finished with 1,429 career points and helped the Lions go 81-14 the last four seasons. An Ohio University freshman, he averaged 16.2 points and three assists last season and was named to the ThisWeek Super 12 for the second consecutive season.

The Lions lost eight other players from a year ago to graduation, including Jamel Morris (9.9 ppg), Trey Warr (7.2 ppg), Brien Winston (5.1 ppg), Jordan Martin (5.0 ppg) and Brandon Smith (4.1 ppg). Daniel Moses, who averaged 3.6 points last year, did not return for his senior season.

"We put in a lot of time, and the guys were very committed to getting better in the offseason," Staib said. "We've just got a lot of new faces."