GLEN DALE - Coming off a 6-17 season that ended in a sectional loss to Morgantown, there are a lot of question marks for the John Marshall boys' basketball team.
To begin with, there is only one returning starter in 6-foot senior Tanner Filben. But even that's an uncertainty because Coach Bill Storm doesn't know what position Filben will play.
''He averaged nine points a game as both a sophomore and junior, and I hope he is more consistent this year,'' Storm said of Filben, who is a National Merit Scholarship finalist. ''We've got one starter back and that might be good news.
''The bad new is our jayvee finished with seven wins last year and freshmen won two.''
Josh Smith is a 6-3 senior post who will be counted on to score and rebound. He can play inside or outside.
''He is playing with more confidence this year,'' Storm said.
Tyler Mason is a 6-4 senior and will be ''the only size we have, but he's a perimeter player.'' He should see a lot of playing time.
Rounding out the senior class is Cody Frazier (5-9) who Storm would like to see score a bit more. He's an effort player who played junior varsity the last two seasons.
Junior Alex Whorton (5-10) mainly played jayvee a season ago, but saw some action on the varsity toward the end of the season. He'll play a wing.
Hunter Sadoski (5-10) is back after a productive sophomore season and is adept at taking the ball to the basket.
''He's another player who will be counted on at the wing,'' Storm said.
Ronnie (Brown) looks as though he'll be a jack of all trades for the Monarchs. At 6-1, he can play a number of positions.
''He's improved greatly since his freshman year,'' the coach said.
Nick Snyder is a 5-11 junior who sat out his sophomore campaign. It looks as though he'll get the call as the starting point guard to begin the season and is known for his shooting touch.
Jared Horan (5-7) was ticketed to start at the point, but a knee injury during football season has slowed him considerably.
Look for Aaron Bishop (6-0) and Michael Bland (6-1) to see time in the post. Both are juniors.
Sophomore Kit Foster-Smith (6-0) ''has good skills but needs to be more aggressive,'' while classmate Lee Henry (6-3) is ''a rugged rebounder but suffered a concussion in the last football game of the season and hasn't been available to practice.''
Dalton McDonald (5-10) was the leading jayvee scorer last season.
Other sophomores are Clay Thorn (5-10), Jonathon Whitfield (5-10), Dylan McKeag (5-9) and Logan Phillips (5-7). Freshmen Jacob Smith (5-10) and Logan Grimm (5-9) will compete mostly with the jayvee.
''We definitely lack experience and don't know how many games we will win, but our jobs as high school coaches are to seek improvement in our players and try to give them an enjoyable year,'' Storm said.
Storm is assisted by Brock Melko, John Burda, Robbie Bonar and Chase Duckworth.