In November, it was expected that the gap between Douglass and the rest of Class 4A had shrunk after the Trojans graduated 10 of the 12 players from their back-to-back state championship roster.
Then junior point guard Stephen Clark transformed his game, and the inexperienced cast of role players grew into significant contributors.
And now, we're back to asking, can anybody beat the Trojans?
No. 12 Piedmont gets the first shot, and Ryan Wagner's team will pose a unique matchup issue for Douglass.
Piedmont starts four players who are 6-foot-4 or taller, including the very athletic duo of 6-foot-5 sophomores Adrion Williams and Cameron Peters. The Wildcats also have a 6-foot-6 junior, Connor McFall, coming off the bench.
While Douglass was the biggest team around the last two seasons, they're not a big team this year. Dydrell Post, a 6-foot-4 senior, is coach Terry Long's most experienced big man.
ROLAND'S YOUNGBLOOD GAINING ATTENTION
Ranked No. 2 at 26-1, the Roland Rangers are viewed as the top contender to unseat Douglass. And their success will count heavily on Seth Youngblood.