Despite the five departures, the core of Graford's team is staying on the eastern shore of Possum Kingdom Lake. Lucas Simmons returns – whom Tabor said was recently named District 11-1A-II's Offensive Player of the Year – as will Tabor's son, Quinten, the district's Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Also among the returnees are first-team all-district guard Tanner Hargrove and second-team sophomore Hunter Lewis.
As is Graford's way, the absence of games from the schedule does not mean basketball season is over. On Monday, Tabor said his boys were already hard at work to ensure they would be back in the conversation for a trip to Austin next year.
"I already have kids in the gym shooting and talking about next year," he said. "That's kind of how we do it here."