Last season: Lost in the Sunset Regional semifinals
What’s to like about Durango: Durango finished with a respectable 17-7 record last season and returns many contributors from that squad. Guard Demetrius Valdez averaged 12 points and five assists per game last season and is considered one of the area’s top players from the class of 2017. He’ll be joined by returners Zyare Ruffin in the backcourt and forward Jeremie Portunodo.
The biggest obstacle for Durango: In any other league, Durango would be considered the favorite to win the division crown. But in the Southwest, with state champions Bishop Gorman and Clark, the Trailblazers will have their hands full qualifying for a home playoff game.