If it feels like a new era on the west side of Springdale it’s because it is. Locals haven’t been this upbeat about a Wildcats basketball season since 2007. That, if you remember, is the year Har-Ber made the state championship in just its second year of athletics.

It’s what happens with one of the most talent-laden rosters around. Few teams in western Arkansas have a backcourt as good as the one the Wildcats will run out most nights. Springdale transfer Tereke Eckwood is a silky ball-handler and deft passer. Mason Cline is a pure 3-pointer shooter. And Siloam Springs transfer Avery Benson will do a bit of it all. A pair of other new faces at forward will give Har-Ber a starting lineup the envy of most. The biggest question the Wildcats will face is chemistry. Can the new faces and playing styles adjust to one another? And if so, how long will it take? The 7A West is top-heavy and Har-Ber is all but guaranteed a playoff spot. But no team is a bigger question as to where exactly in the top six it will finish.