For Notre Dame-Fairfield boys basketball head coach Vin Laczkoski, the 2010 season is going to be one littered with promise.

The Lancers return a strong amount of talent from a team which reached both the SWC and Class L state playoffs in the 2009-10 season. The Lancers started 0-5, but rebounded and finishing 8-14.

But ND has a lot of experience and depth, and more importantly, athleticism, on its side. The Lancers' expect to contend in the SWC, with just one senior, Markus Ortiz.

Despite having just the lone senior, Laczkoski has a strong group of returning underclassmen players. This group will be led by a pair of two-year starters, in juniors, forward Arkel Miles and guard Trey McPherson. Both were instrumental in the team's 2009 trip to the SWC Championship game, and both will be looked to help out ND's offense.

"I'm very excited," Laczkoski said. "We've got a lot of kids back from last year's team."

Just because Notre Dame has juniors doesn't mean it doesn't have sophomores with experience, though. The Lancers will have a pair of sophomore guards they will look to, in Earl Coleman and Danny Upchurch, both of whom provide ND with quickness.

"They're two very good ball handlers," Laczkoski said of Upchurch and Coleman.

Namdi Gogoh and Daquan Coleman will each return as varsity members, as the team will look to them for depth. Also, transfers Nick Elliotte and Kevin Laing, both from St. Joseph, should be able to give ND size.

"We're young," Laczkoski said. "But we're experienced."

For Notre Dame, the No. 8 seed in the SWC was what it had to deal with by starting 0-5 and 1-6. Laczkoski knows how important a strong start, but also a strong finish is. ND won three of its final five games to get the all-important eight win mark.

"I think we'll be right in the thick of things," Laczkoski said. "Last year we finished right smack dab in the middle of the league."