This year Mark White's team may be even better.
``He's gotten so good," White said. "I've seen Devon Downey play and no disrespect to him, but Josh is the number one player in the state. Josh is just so well-rounded."
Mark White will also have 6-3, 180-pound senior shooting guard Ronald White, a native of Greenville, S.C. who is getting interest from Arkansas and Baylor, as well as two-sport star Ja-Rick Boxley, a 6-1 senior point guard from Winston-Salem, N.C., who is being recruited by Gardner-Webb.
Another big-time football player, 6-foot senior Will Wright, has good court vision and range from beyond the three-point arc.
Melvin Crowder is a 6-4 senior swingman from Charlotte, N.C., committed to High Point who should see plenty of playing time and could be a fixture in the starting lineup. Mike Irby, a 5-11 senior point guard from Columbia, S.C., is another guard who will be in the rotation.
``He's a consummate point guard," Mark White said. "He'd just assume have 15 assists and no points."
Look for Damion Harris, a 6-10 ½, 265-pound senior who had previously committed to Tennessee, to play alongside Dollard on the frontline. ``He's a big kid who just needs to get into shape," Mark White said.
White should have some depth as well.
Warren Chapman is a 6-3 senior wing who Mark White feels just might be the most underrated player on the team – and one of the more underrated around.
``He's the biggest diamond in the rough," White said. "He's just as good as JaJuan Robinson, but he's a little taller. I don't have anyone on my team that can "D" him up. He's going to get to the cup if he wants to."
Also figuring in the equation will be 6-5 senior power forward Tirrell Baines, 6-5 junior swingman Brandon Alford and 6-8 junior forward Wesley Jones, who hails from Mobile, Ala., and has attracted some attention from Auburn.
``We're athletic and we're going to be better than last year," White said. "We'll still run, but we aren't going to shoot 52 three-pointers in a game like we did last year. We probably won't shoot 52 three-pointers in 15 games."
``The biggest thing is jelling as a team," he added. "Any one of the kids can drop 20 points any given night. The key will be getting them to play as a team and not sitting there and expecting it to be the Josh Dollard show – because it's not."