Hines is the top returning scorer from last year's Harlan squad that was 5-5 in the rugged Red-South - the toughest conference in the state. The Red-South features defending city champion Simeon, defending city champion Morgan Park, a Brooks team that finished 20-8, a Julian team that was 7-3 in conference play, and defending conference champion Bogan which had marquee wins over Aurora West, Simeon, and beat Morgan Park twice last season.
Most teams open their season this week in various Thanksgiving Holiday Tournaments throughout the state.
Lincoln Park, Prosser and Harlan play at the Loyola/New Trier Thanksgiving Tournament.
Lane, Northside, and Taft play at the Lane Tech Frank Lollino Thanksgiving Tournament. (Zion Benton, Notre Dame, and Evanston are also there.
Corliss and CVS play at Niles West Thankgiving Tournament.