Norland has won three state championships since 2006.
That’s more than any other Miami-Dade County boys’ basketball team during that span.
But one thing the Vikings have yet to do during the impressive run is win back-to-back championships.
Norland will have a good chance of adding that to its résumé this season with the return of a talented group capable of contending for the Class 6A championship.
Although star guard Cleon Roberts graduated, Vikings’ coach Lawton Williams III has a young squad that will play a typical tough defensive style and add plenty of size to back that up.
Senior forward Maljhum McCrea (6-6) and junior 6-7 center Tyrell Williams will give Norland a tall frontcourt along with 6-7 senior forward Jovany Deceus.
Guards Zachary Johnson, a 6-2 junior, and Dalvin Roberts, a 6-3 junior, return and add experience as well to a tough backcourt.
The Vikings likely will have to contend with an improved Northwestern squad in district play and Pembroke Pines Charter in Broward County.
Class 4A Loaded
Class 4A figures to be one of the most tightly contested classifications in Miami-Dade County.
The question remains whether any of the teams can defeat Broward’s best and earn a trip to state.
Booker T. Washington returns talented senior guard Richie Spiller and figures to contend for a district title.
Few teams will have the star power of Ransom Everglades, featuring guard Sam Singer, a California commitment, and 6-9 center Alonzo Mourning Jr.
Singer averaged 34 points per game last season and is part of a talented squad that hopes to make it through to regionals this year.
The surprise team could be Archbishop Carroll, which is led by 6-11 senior center Amida Brimah and a talented backcourt of guards Brandon Lima, Max Amaro and forward Alex Leon.
Other contenders include La Salle, Gulliver, Doral Academy, Pace and St. Brendan.