Complete Preseason State Basketball Rankings

Westchester boys, Narbonne girls headline top 20 overall lists. Top teams in each CIF division also include some familiar names. Note: Rankings released on Nov. 19-20, so some teams have already lost. We plan to readjust rankings again prior to the holiday basketball tournaments. First regular season rankings will go out the first week of January and will be weekly through the CIF state finals in March.

BOYS OVERALL TOP 20

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(All listed with last year's reported records, if available)

1. Westchester (Los Angeles) 28-2
Comets will contend for top national ranking this year with talent second to none -- at least on the West Coast.

2. Modesto Christian (Modesto) 34-4
Two guys going to Cal -- Richard Midgely and David Paris -- plus a 7-footer on the bench make the Crusaders one to watch. This ranking is done under the assumption that Midgely and English mate Marc Pratt will be eligible.

3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 33-2
There is a lot that left after last year, but there's still enough on hand that the Monarchs and the tradition they have built deserve a top ranking until they get knocked off a time or two.

4. Inglewood 28-7
D'Angelo Collins (6-9) may be the best post player in the state and the rest of the starting five looks pretty slick, too.

5. Poly (Long Beach) 23-6
Dominguez transfer Bobby Jones joins a club that already was going to be strong.

6. Fairfax (Los Angeles) 21-6
Evan Burns starts the season as the top State Player of the Year candidate.

7. Fremont (Los Angeles) 20-8
Transfers Geoff Clayton and Erik Herring should help lift the Pathfinders toward the top.

8. Technical (Oakland) 22-4
Leon Powe one of the nation's top juniors; Armando Surratt one of the state's top point guards.

9. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 26-4
Three key starters return in Matt Sweany, J.J. Hair and Pete Decasas.

10. Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 20-7
Point guard Marcus Williams still only a junior, and several other key players return.

11. Riordan (San Francisco) 28-9
Crusaders will be battle tested in perhaps state's top league this year against St. Francis, Sacred Heart Cathedral and others.

12. St. Mary's (Berkeley) 31-4
Defending Div. IV state champs said to be moving up to Div. I and are loaded in the backcourt with John Sharper and Dashawn Freeman.

13. Glendora 27-5
Tartans' coaching staff to add former SoCal prep standouts Brock Jacobsen and Cameron Murray.

14. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 30-4
J.J. Brull tops strong group of returnees for former college coach John Olive.

15. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 27-6
New coach Tom Maier was previously successful at nearby small school Chadwick.

16. St. Francis (Mountain View) 22-11
David Chiotti a force inside, but outside game could suffer early in the season due to football-related injury to point guard Hakeem Gilliard.

17. Andrew Hill (San Jose) 24-4
Defending CIF Central Coast Section Div. I champs led by CCS Player of the Year Jason Obazuaye.

18. Clovis West (Fresno) 31-3
Top talent from last year is gone, but Nick Debban is a good place for new squad to be built around.

19. De La Salle (Concord) 27-5
Spartans have rebuilding to do on the outside, but frontcourt should be particularly tough on the boards.

20. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 24-5
Lenny Collins top returning player for club that could challenge Mater Dei for league title.

BOYS BASKETBALL PRESEASON STATE RANKINGS BY DIVISION & REGION Compiled by CalHiSports.com

(Note: We tried to place teams into their matching CIF state enrollment divisions as closely as possible. This was based on which division each team was in last year. Enrollment figures, however, change every year and some schools with totals near the cutoff point often go up and down depending on only a few students coming in or going out. Unless we've heard otherwise, we keep each team in its division from the year before. Exceptions for the list below were St. Mary's of Berkeley and Mater Dei of Santa Ana. We've already read several statements in which it was apparent that St. Mary's will be moving up to Div. I this year after winning the Div. IV state title last March. CIF Southern Section schools also are no longer allowed to move up in divisions at all. We've therefore placed Mater Dei in Div. II since that would be its enrollment division. The school's girls volleyball team will be competing this season for a Div. II state title, not Div. I. Please let us know of any other exceptions. We will adjust these preseason rankings in a week or so to reflect any other enrollment division corrections that need to be made.)

CIF DIVISION I

1. Westchester (Los Angeles) 28-2 2. Modesto Christian (Mod.) 34-4 3. Poly (Long Beach) 4. Fairfax (Los Angeles) 21-6 5. Fremont (Los Angeles) 20-8 6. Technical (Oakland) 22-4 7. Capistrano Valley (Miss. V.) 26-4 8. Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 20-7 9. Glendora 27-5 10. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 30-4

CIF DIVISION II

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 33-2 2. Inglewood 28-7 3. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 27-6 4. St. Francis (Mountain View) 22-11 5. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 24-5 6. Artesia (Lakewood) 22-7 7. Mayfair (Lakewood) 27-5 8. Dominguez (Compton) 31-4 9. Rocklin 32-4 10. Monrovia 24-5

CIF DIVISION III

1. Riordan (San Francisco) 28-9 2. Washington (Easton) 18-8 3. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 4. Bishop Montgomery (Torr.) 30-2 5. Santa Cruz 29-4 6. Sacr. Heart Cath. (SF) 20-12 7. Centennial (Compton) 30-5 8. La Canada 22-7 9. Miramonte (Orinda) 24-6 10. San Dimas 26-5

CIF DIVISION IV

1. Garces (Bakersfield) 30-1 2. Christian (El Cajon) 22-6 3. Lincoln (San Diego) 21-9 4. Horizon (San Diego) 19-7 5. Monte Vista Chr. (Watonsv.) 24-10 6. Christian Bros. (Sacto.) 25-10 7. Crossroads (Santa Monica) 25-6 8. Valley Christian (San Jose) 21-6 9. St. Monica (Santa Monica) 22-9 10. Amador (Sutter Creek) 28-5

CIF DIVISION V

1. Calvary Chapel (Downey) 28-5 2. Price (Los Angeles) 33-3 3. Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 20-5 4. Immanuel (Reedley) 25-5 5. Serra (Gardena) 13-12 6. Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 21-12 7. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 25-8 8. Rolling Hills Prep (RH Estates) 16-5 9. Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) 11-13 10. Branson (Ross) 29-5

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10

1. Modesto Christian (Mod.) 34-4 2. Technical (Oakland) 22-4 3. Riordan (San Francisco) 28-9 4. St. Mary's (Berkeley) 31-4 5. St. Francis (Mtn. View) 22-11 6. Hill (San Jose) 24-4 7. Clovis West (Fresno) 31-3 8. De La Salle (Concord) 27-5 9. Sheldon (Sacramento) 10. Bishop O'Dowd (Oak.) 25-7

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10

1. Westchester (Los Angeles) 30-2 2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 33-2 3. Inglewood 28-7 4. Poly (Long Beach) 5. Fairfax (Los Angeles) 21-6 6. Fremont (Los Angeles) 20-8 7. Capistrano Valley (Miss. V.) 26-4 8. Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 20-7 9. Glendora 27-5 10. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 30-4

Bubble Teams -- (Div. I) Carlsbad, Carson, Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley), Centennial (Corona), Claremont, Dorsey (Los Angeles), Eisenhower (Rialto), Elk Grove, Vallejo, Villa Park; (Div. II) Casa Roble (Orangevale), Muir (Pasadena), Northgate (Walnut Creek), Ocean View (Huntington Beach); (Div. III) Enterprise (Redding), Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood), Northwood (Irvine); Riverbank; (Div. IV) Encina (Sacramento), Lutheran (Orange), Murphy (Los Angeles); (Div. V) Buckley (Sherman Oaks), Hoopa Valley (Hoopa).

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PRESEASON STATE RANKINGS

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(All listed with last year's reported records, if available)

OVERALL TOP 20

1. Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-3

The tough schedule, all the returning players and coach James Anderson spells one thing: Gauchos are No. 1 in the state and in the nation.

2. Artesia (Lakewood) 32-3

The entire roster from last year's Div. II SoCal runner up returns, including State Soph of Year Lauren Ervin.

3. Lynwood 27-3

Returning State Frosh of Year Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood leads a squad that like Narbonne and Artesia should be one of nation's best.

4. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 31-3

Four starters are back for Wildcats, including 6-3 Brooke Smith, and their schedule is tough. Playing in top division at Nike National TOC.

5. Berkeley 27-6

Sabrina Keys came into her own late last season and should lead Yellowjackets to another sparkling record.

6. Mitty (San Jose) 27-3

Solid group of sophs last year got upset in NorCal Div. I semis by Oakland.

7. San Clemente 28-4

Megan Blackshire will come off nationally-ranked volleyball team and will then join basketball team.

8. La Jola Country Day (La Jolla) 29-5 San Diego's preseason No. 1 team regardless of class and defending CIF Div. V state champs hould be better than last year.

9. Buena (Ventura) 29-2 Bulldogs lose Courtney Young and Kelly Greathouse, but Notre Dame-bound Courtney LaVere is still on board and should step up as senior.

10. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 29-6 Two-time defending CIF Div. III state champs return standout junior Noelle Quinn and top soph guard Nykia Peace.

11. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 24-5 All-stater Ofa Tulikihihifo may not be ready from summer knee injury until late January, so the Seahawks could struggle early.

12. Brea-Olinda (Brea) 26-5

Perennial powers from Orange County return top guards, including soph Lauren Pedersen.

13. Poly (Long Beach) 28-3

Fairly young squad last year was good enough to beat Artesia, but stumbled in the playoffs.

14. Kennedy (Sacramento) 32-2

Cougars should be strong again in Sac-Joaquin with all-state soph Alisha Hicks among returnees.

15. Bishop's (La Jolla) 25-5

Defending CIF Div. IV state champs still have Mallorie Winn (13.3 ppg) and are No. 2 to start overall in San Diego.

16. Oakland 22-8

Ebony Young was one of NorCal's top players last year and is back for senior season.

17. Muir (Pasadena) 25-5

Mustangs led by 6-4 University of Tennessee recruit Ty'sha Fluker.

18. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 25-5

Erin Begonia gives Lancers a strong presence at the point guard position.

19. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 29-3

Sebnem Kimyiacoglu is now at Stanford, but Sarah Feely and her three-point shots are back.

20. St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 20-12

Vikings a major threat for another CIF Div. IV crown with all-state guard Alexis Kendrick and standout junior forward Shannon Clay.

Thanks to Clay Kallam, compiler of the Student Sports FAB 50 girls basketball national rankings, for his help in coming up with this list.

GIRLS BASKETBALL PRESEASON STATE RANKINGS BY DIVISION & REGION

(Note: We tried to place teams into their matching CIF state enrollment divisions as closely as possible. This was based on which division each team was in last year. Enrollment figures, however, change every year and some schools with totals near the cutoff point often go up and down depending on only a few students coming in or going out. Unless we've heard otherwise, we keep each team in its division from the year before. We will adjust these preseason rankings in a week or so to reflect any other enrollment division corrections that need to be made.)

CIF DIVISION I

1. Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-3 2. Lynwood 27-3 3. Berkeley 27-6 4. Mitty (San Jose) 27-3 5. San Clemente 28-4 6. Buena (Ventura) 29-2 7. Poly (Long Beach) 28-4 8. Kennedy (Sacramento) 32-2 9. Oakland 22-8 10. Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 28-4

CIF DIVISION II

1. Artesia (Lakewood) 32-3 2. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 24-5 3. Brea-Olinda (Brea) 26-5 4. Muir (Pasadena) 25-5 5. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 25-5 6. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 29-3 7. Santana (Santee) 28-2 8. Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 29-3 9. North Torrance (Torrance) 26-6 10. Folsom 22-6

CIF DIVISION III

1. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 29-6 2. Morningside (Inglewood) 23-9 3. Alhambra (Martinez) 27-5 4. Miramonte (Olinda) 5. Santa Ynez 20-5 6. Center (North Highlands) 26-6 7. Arcata 26-3 8. Enterprise (Redding) 25-3 9. Harvard-Westlake (N. Hollywood) 27-6 10. Bear River (Grass Valley) 27-8

Division IV

1. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 31-3 2. Bishop's (La Jolla) 25-5 3. St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 20-12 4. St. Mary's (Stockton) 34-2 5. Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 25-6 6. Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana) 21-10 7. St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 19-10 8. Kennedy (Richmond) 24-5 9. Valley Christian (Cerritos) 19-9 10. Bret Harte (Altaville) 25-6

CIF DIVISION V

1. La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 29-5 2. Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 19-8 3. Modesto Christian (Modesto) 4. Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) 27-1 5. Pilgrim (Los Angeles) 25-7 6. Branson (Ross) 22-11 7. Redwood Christian (Castro Valley) 23-7 8. Ripon Christian (Ripon) 24-9 9. Rolling Hills Prep (RH Estates) 27-5 10. Eastside (Palo Alto) 22-7

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10

1. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 31-3 2. Berkeley 27-6 3. Mitty (San Jose) 29-3 4. Kennedy (Sacramento) 32-2 5. Oakland 22-8 6. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 29-3 7. Laguna Creek (Elk Grove) 27-2 8. St. Mary's (Stockton) 34-2 9. Alhambra (Martinez) 27-5 10. Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 29-4

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10

1. Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-3 2. Artesia (Lakewood) 31-3 3. Lynwood 29-3 4. San Clemente 28-4 5. La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 29-5 6. Buena (Ventura) 28-2 7. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 29-6 8. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 24-5 9. Brea-Olinda (Brea) 26-5 10. Poly (Long Beach) 28-4


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