* Coach: Kevin Brown (second year).
* Last season: 14-8, 3-3 (lost to Potomac, 68-58, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).
* Returning starters/letter winners: 1/5.
* Outlook: As of this week, the Bulldogs still had a skeleton roster because as many as 10 potential players are still involved in football, including the back court of Deon Butler, Endor Cooper and Jerome Quinata, the likely lone senior starter.
"Last year we had a few guys who were key players who were here practicing with us for the whole time," said Brown, whose team graduated a quartet that averaged about 35 ppg. "This year [because of football running late], we've got two starters practicing with us."
Long a force in other sports, Hylton asserted itself in boys' basketball last season, reaching regionals for the first time since 1993-94, beating Potomac for the first time and snapping a nine-game series losing streak by taking two of three from Gar-Field. This came after an 0-3 start, the byproduct of late arrivals trickling in.
Despite the strides made last season, the Bulldogs did not hit for the cycle. They are 0-23 against Woodbridge, a team that halted two six-game winning streaks and toppled Hylton in the district championship.
Junior inside bruiser Jermaine Hill was a pleasant surprise last season and should team with junior Dana Smith to form a productive inside tandem this winter. The Bulldogs' bench is unproven, and 6-foot-9 sophomore Matt Hewson has transferred out of the program.
Dec. 6: at Osbourn Park (ppd.); 11: at Culpeper; 13: at Potomac; 17: Culpeper; 20: Brooke Point; 26-28: Mount Vernon tournament.
Jan. 3: at Stonewall Jackson; 6: at Brooke Point; 7: Osbourn; 10: Gar-Field; 14: at Woodbridge; 17: Forest Park; 24: Osbourn Park; 28: Potomac; 31: Stonewall Jackson.
Feb. 4: at Osbourn; 7: at Gar-Field; 11: Woodbridge; 14: at Forest Park.