Note: the Observer is revealing teams in its preseason Sweet 16 poll, but not the order. The order will be revealed in Sunday’s print editions
JAY M. ROBINSON BULLDOGS
Head Coach: Lavar Batts, Sr. (3rd year as Jay M. Robinson basketball coach)
Coaching Career Record: 48-10
2015-16 Record: 29-3 (17-1 to win South Piedmont conference title/also 3A state champions)
Returning Starters: Lavar Batts (Jr.), Sr., PG (6-3, 170); Javonte Misenheimer, Sr., PF (6-4, 195).
Outlook: Defending their 3A state championship with only two starters returning won’t be an easy task for the Bulldogs. But Jay M. Robinson returns one of the state’s most dynamic guards in senior Lavar Batts, Jr. (20 ppg, VCU commit), who loves the biggest games (3A state championship MVP). The Bulldogs now look to defend both their SPC and state titles, but will need some young players to step forward to do so.