6. Yates (Houston)
Last year: 34-1, Class 4A state champion
Coach: Greg Wise
Top players: G Joseph Young (6-2, Sr.); G Brandon Peters (6-0, Sr.); G Darius Gardner (5-9, Sr.); G Marshall Lange (5-10, Sr.); F Elton Roy (6-2, Sr.)
Top games: Dec. 17-22 at Iolani Classic (Honolulu); Dec. 29-30 at T-Mobile Invitational (Birmingham, Ala.).
Notable: All five starters return for the Lions, who enter the season on a 24-game winning streak. Each player averaged in double figures for a team that scored 95 points per game last year. Young (Providence) led the way at 19 points per contest. The obvious question mark is the team’s lack of size; but its quickness, depth, and experience is not in doubt.