Overview: Monmouth has become a regular participant in the regional quarterfinals under Turner’s watch, reaching the civic center four of the past five years. The Mustangs have enough talent to make a return trip, but much of it is young and will need to progress as the season moves forward. Smith is a strong building block in the middle. Richardson and Amero could emerge as sophomores. Strong defense and minimizing turnovers on offense will be the emphasis.
Coach: Lucas Turner (sixth year)
Last year’s record: 12-8 lost in Western C quarterfinal
Returning players: Senior — Kasey Smith (6-4 forward), Tyler Gosselin (5-9 forward); Juniors — Nick Sanborn (6-1 forward), Nick Menice (5-9 guard), Luke Thombs (5-9 guard); Sophomores — Avery Amero (6-1 forward), Hunter Richardson (5-11 guard).
Key losses: Marcques Houston (6-4 center), Brandon Goff (6-1 guard), Brett Wilson (6-0 guard), Nick Tozier (6-4 forward); Alex Curtis (6-4 forward).
Promising newcomer: Senior — Noah Bates (5-3 guard).