Two starters are returning from the Medina Boys Basketball team that went 22-9 last season, finishing second in district and making it to the playoffs.
All-District first team member Jacob Hinds and postman Greg Selement return to lead the 2019-20 Bobcat team.
Hinds, a 6-foot-3-inch senior, averaged 17.6 points in district play and led the team in rebounding with a 7.6 per game average, team officials said.
Selement, a 6-foot senior, started in the post and averaged 5.6 a game.
Four juniors who saw extensive action last season will battle for starting spots and regular playing time for the blue and gold.
Zach Bryant, who was a part-time starter a year ago before being injured, will be the Bobcats biggest 3-point shooting threat at guard.
Dakota Nelson, who was the sixth man a year ago, also will be at shooting guard, and Carter Lichtenberg will play at the wing and the small forward positions.
Another junior, Ethan Ashley, will push for a starting role at the wing.
In addition, three freshmen will play vital roles for the Bobcats.
Dawson Simon, at 6-feet-4-inches, will provide some depth at the post position.
Wyatt Boatman will see a lot of playing time at point guard, and Brit-ton Wickham will come off the bench on the wing.
Newcomer Christian Hatcher, a 6-foot, junior, will be another possible candidate for a front-line position.
Juniors Tyler Gatlin and Elijah Gongora also will see action at the wing positions.
Rounding out the squad will be sophomore Nate Aguilar and junior Austin Horton who did not play last season.
Bill Carter will return for his third year as head coach after compiling a 35-22 record in his first two campaigns. He will be assisted by Art De La Garza and Tom Duncan.
“This year the Bobcats will have to be very tough defensively and value each possession on offense,” Carter said.
“It may take some time for this group to come together, but they should be competitive in the district,” the coach said.