It's opening week for the boys high school basketball season.  The road to the Breslin Center begins for more than 40 area teams.

Some of the top teams in our area include, in my opinion, Holt, who has most of their starting lineup returning.  Plus, 6-8 freshman Jaron Faulds, the younger brother of reserve big man Austin Faulds, joins the playing group.  They're looking to improve on last year's regional finals appearance in Class A.

Other possibilities in the CAAC Blue this year include Eastern with guard E.J. Jackson returning.  Holt and Eastern do battle Friday night at Holt HS to start conference play.

I think Haslett will be much improved in the CAAC Red this season.  With a new coach, and sophomore guard Brandon Allen firing away, the Vikings have a chance to do some damage this year.  Although DeWitt is always tough.

In the Gold, I believe it will be a two-team race.  Waverly and Jackson Lumen Christi.  Lumen made it to the Class B quarterfinals last season, and they've got Khari Willis for another season.  The Warriors have a potentially lethal backcourt in Marcus Moore and Mike Fomby.

In the White, Lansing Catholic and Williamston look to fight it out once again.  The Cougars have the Poljan brothers returning, David and Tony, and their overall depth will be tough to deal with.  Don't be shocked if these two teams meet three times this season.  They played an overtime classic last year in the district tournament.

In the CMAC, I like Pewamo-Westphalia.  With Class C finalist Laingsburg graduating pretty much everybody, it'll be a rebuilding year for the Wolfpack.  But the P-W Pirates return senior Nick Spitzley for a fourth year on varsity.  Coach Luke Pohl looks to repeat the success of two years ago, where they were undefeated to the Class C quarterfinals.

We'll recap the first week of high school boys basketball, as well the first two weeks of the girls season, this Saturday.  As Prep Basketball Weekly returns from 10-noon right here on The Game 730 AM WVFN.