Coach: Tyler Bormann (third season)
Last season: 12-16
Who's gone: Alend Alemadi, Ben Nelson, James Eggert, Noah Melton, Ethan Hoff and Cayden Rickard.
Key returners: Maleeck Harden, Sr., G/F; Drew Hagen, Jr., G; Logan Garcia, Sr., F/C.
Coach's comments: "As a program we're really excited to get started this year after a great summer together as a group. We will miss our seniors from last year, as they helped us build positive momentum, but the guys we have in our program are talented and eager to step into key roles this season. With that, however, comes a steep learning curve, so I expect our team to continue to improve as the year moves along and to be playing our best basketball in late February and early March."
Coach: Mike Clark (seventh season)
Last season: 8-19
Who's gone: Nathan Brown, Cole Honek and Nick Lund.
Key returners: Nathan Leitner, Sr., F; Tanner Tahran, Sr., F; Drew Coalwell, Jr., G; Ben Henriksen, Jr., G; Aiden Leach, Jr., G; Jacob Strand, Jr., G.
Coach's comments: "We have many returning players who have gained valuable varsity experience. The key to our success this year will be focusing on the fundamentals of the game and winning the intangibles each time we step on the floor. We are going to play fast, aggressive and hope we are physical enough to keep up with the top teams. We have many good basketball players in the program at every level and are looking forward to an exciting year."
Moorhead Park Christian
Coach: Reed Roisum (first season)
Last season: 11-16
Who's gone: Steele Senske, Darien Bogenreif and Brock Aamodt.
Key returners: Kai Nellermoe, Sr., G; Tanner Brunsberg, Jr., F.
Coach's comments: "We will be small and athletic. We are hoping to compete by doing the fundamental things well and playing good team defense."
Coach: Bart Manson (ninth season)
Last season: 20-4
Who's gone: Ben Werlinger, Parker Stenseth and Shane Anderson.
Key returners: Braeton Motschenbacher, Sr., G; Jaden Klabo, Sr., F; Cole Hage, Jr., F; Mitch Larson, Sr., F; Harrison Thom, Sr., G.
Coach's comments: "We will have a good mix of juniors and seniors that will be competing for playing time this year. We will have really good size and versatility with numerous players. Hopefully we can put it all together at the right time of the year in a very competitive EDC this year."
Coach: Ted Critchley (fourth season)
Last season: 8-16
Who's gone: Sawyer Kenney, Hyatt Marineau, Cameron Blazek, Josh Hollaar and Griffen Carlson.
Key returners: Keaton Hoeg, Sr., G; Carson Critchley, Jr., G; Blayne Anderson, Jr., F; Jonas Geston, Sr., F; Jake Loberg, Sr., C; Peyton Amundsen, Sr., C; Carter Peratt, Jr., F.
Coach's comments: "We should be a much more experienced team than a year ago. Our basketball players have done a lot of work in the offseason to prepare for this upcoming campaign. Our primary goal remains the same as we want to compete on a nightly basis. We are both hopeful and optimistic in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead in a highly competitive conference."
Fargo Oak Grove
Coach: Kyle Card (11th season)
Last season: 20-3
Who's gone: Andrew Christianson (all-state, Mr. Basketball finalist), TJ Anderson (all-region), Ben Hoggarth, Jonny Deitz and Jacob Teigen.
Key returners: Tyrell Rodriguez (all-region), Sr., C; Kaleb Card, Sr., F; Wyatt Pierce, Sr., G; Tommy Conmy, Sr., G; Joseph Akiri, Sr., F; Christian Dejong, Sr., C; Mayson Bolme, Jr., G; Jake Lang, Jr., G; Noah Sweanson, So., F; Mason Martinson, So., G.
Coach's comments: "We lost a lot of talent from last year’s team, including four starters and our starting backcourt with two all-region players. We will be inexperienced to start the year, but are hoping by the end of the year we will be ready to make a run in Region 1. We have a good mix of seniors, juniors and sophomores that can play, but not many of them have much varsity experience. Once we get a few games under our belt, hopefully we can be ready come tournament time."
Coach: Andrew Burns (third season)
Last season: 18-9, fifth in the state
Who's gone: Jake Kava, Cam Saville, Tom Erie, Mason Thimjon, Jake McKeever, Cody Mehlisch, Miles Wosick, Jordan Pederson and Kaleb Christmann.
Key returners: Talon Hoffer, Jr., G; Brayden Bares, Sr., G; Joe Kava, Jr., F; Daniel Wanner, Sr., C.
Coach's comments: "We are coming off a good season a year ago with a five-place finish at state, but we also lost a lot of guys with plenty of varsity experience. So the biggest motivation for us is to go out and prove ourselves throughout the year with a number of players who will be new to the varsity level or in more prominent roles than last season. They are definitely excited to get their chance to showcase what they can do and continue to improve upon on last year. We know the EDC will be tough again as always and hope to compete night in and night out against all of these quality opponents."
Coach: Mike Hendrickson (22nd season)
Last season: 15-9
Who's gone: Sam O'Keefee, Kaleb Johnson, Charles Bennington, Siadu Conteh, Kenyi Pitia, Grant Warren, Kain Carlson and Isaiah Johnson.
Key returners: Josiah Brijlall, Sr., G; Kiir Mabor, Sr., G; Dawson Weisenberger, Sr., F.
Coach's comments: "We have an athletic group of guys that are working real hard so far. The EDC and state are going to be very competitive this year and we hope to be in the thick of it. We do have good leadership out of our seniors and a group of underclassmen that are willing to get after it."
Coach: Adam Palczewski (second season)
Last season: 22-5, fourth at state
Who's gone: Joe Pistorius, Abdi Sufi, Tanner Zepeda and Brett Liebl.
Key returners: Luke Lennon, Sr., C; Jaeden Moton, Sr., C; Hunter Lyman, Jr., C.
Coach's comments: "They’re ready to play a first game, but we’re nowhere near a finished product. I think one of our biggest deficits is our guys haven’t played varsity basketball together. So we’re going to keep working on that throughout the season, get to know each other a little better and hopefully that helps."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Tom Kirchoffner (fifth season)
Last season: 22-5, state runner-up
Who's gone: Zach Westphal, Bob Rizo, Kemal Hajric, Elijah Charles and Keaton Ballestad.
Key returners: Christian Kuntz, Sr., G; Blake Berg, Jr., G; Tyler Terhark, Jr., G; Chuck Dubois, Jr., F.
Coach's comments: "We've got an energetic and competitive group of players. They are looking to continue to build off of last year's success. The team has great chemistry and is led by Christian Kuntz, our fourth-year starter. Looking forward to watching this team grow and develop this year."