The last two seasons, the Los Alamos boy's basketball team was enforced by a plethora of young players.
Those players are now juniors and seniors and they are the leaders of the program.
The Hilltoppers begin their 2016-17 season by hosting Valencia at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Griffith Gym.
"We've been telling them since last summer that it's their program now," said Mike Kluk, who's entering his fourth season as Los Alamos coach. "It's critical that they step up and own it. They're all upperclassmen now and we're starting see a bit more maturity compared to last year."
Every player on the Los Alamos roster this season is either a senior or junior.
One of the experienced pieces that the Hilltoppers will rely on in 2016-17 is 6-foot junior guard Jack Stewart.
"There's been a lot of potential these past couple seasons and we're just looking to build off of that," Stewart said. "We're all maturing so I think it's going to be good this season."
Kluk said he implemented a new offensive scheme during the offseason. And the team has adapted well to the new offense, according to Kluk.