Park Hill’s reign as Suburban Middle Six boys basketball titlist apparently is over.

Park Hill’s reign as Suburban Middle Six boys basketball titlist apparently is over.

Conference coaches have tabbed Truman as the team to beat. Newcomer Ruskin finished second followed by St. Joseph Central, Lee’s Summit West, Park Hill and North Kansas City. A coach couldn’t vote for his own team.

Lettermen Jacob Morefield, Darien Harris, Zach Large, Antonio Winn, Martez Artis, Luke Deacy and David Franklin return from a 19-7 Truman team.

“WE should be very quick and have a lot of experience returning,” Truman coach Billy Guinnee said.

RUSKIN

Ten lettermen including four from now closed Hickman Mills will lead the Eagles.

“There are new challenges,” Ruskin coach Gerry Marlin said. ‘We are leaving a great conference but it’s an honor to compete in our conference with its great programs and outstanding coaches.”

Four of the lettermen were starters on a 16-12 Ruskin team.

ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL

Central struggled to a 7-18 record last season. Only two lettermen return.

“We are very young and inexperienced,” coach Neal Hook said.

“We have some good athletes and hope to be competitive in every game. But this could be a challenge in this very tough division of the Suburban Conference.”

LEE’S SUMMIT WEST

West could do better than predicted because of lettermen Lawrence Anderson, Garett Sandbothe, Trevor Gregory, Austin Panko, Shaq Harrison, Nathan Jackson and Robbie Jarrett returning from an 11-14 team.

“We need to develop an identity to have a defensive focus, limit turnovers and rebound to have a successful season,” West coach Michael Schieber. We also need leadership.”

PARK HILL

The defending champion Trojans will be led by lettermen Chris Nsenki, Brady Kreiter, DeAris Flint, Anthony Walter, Nathan Wilson and Burt Taylor

“Three-year starter Chris Nsenki will lead Park Hill,” coach David Garrison said. “We have a lot of experience on this year’s team. Our conference is extremely competitive and hopefully our experience will help us out.”

NORTH KANSAS CITY

Six lettermen boost the Hornets hopes of bouncing back from a 9-17 season.

“We hope that we can build off the end of last season,” coach Ryan Fuger said. “We feel the energy and effort is now there and that we can truly start focusing on being smarter basketball players. We will be fast and athletic. We won’t be very tall. We have two outstanding players in Brandon Shivley and Roy Clayter, who look to lead the team.”