SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: Campolindo jumps into top 5 of statewide rankings

The spring 2021 California high school boys basketball season continues this week with league play either beginning or continuing for the majority of ranked teams.

SBLive’s statewide high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the spring 2021 season.

SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

May 3, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 1

Amari Bailey

Amari Bailey is off to a hot start. He scored 28 points in the Trailblazers’ 72-59 win over St. Joseph on Saturday. Before that, he poured in a career high 29 points in a win over El Camino Real.

2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (15-0)

Last week: 3

Nick Davidson

Mater Dei has three great seniors in Wilhelm Breidenbach (Nebraska commit), Harrison Hornery (USC commit) and Nick Davidson (Nevada commit). Davidson scored 17 points to leads the Monarchs to a 51-38 win over Santa Margarita on Friday.

3. Etiwanda (4-0)

Last week: 4

Jahmai Mashack

Etiwanda pulled off a surprising 64-60 win over Damien in their season opener and since then the Eagles have won three straight. Senior Marcus Green has emerged as a player to watch.

4. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (19-1)

Last week: 5

Damien senior Malik Thomas and junior RJ Smith

Damien’s only loss on the season came to Etiwanda. The Spartans’ best win is over Harvard-Westlake.

5. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (6-0)

Last week: 19

Campolindo’s Aidan Mahaney is one of the state’s best guards in the 2022 class, but he’s missed time with injuries so far this season. Despite his limited availability, the Cougars have beaten Salesian College Prep and Archbishop Riordan.

6. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (10-2)

Last week: 7

Cameron Thrower

Harvard-Westlake has won seven games in a row. The Wolverines have great young talent led by junior Cameron Thrower and sophomore Brady Dunlap. Their two defeats came against Damien and Heritage Christian.

7. Ribet Academy (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 8

Reggie Howard

Ribet Academy has the potential to be the top team in the state. Look for the Frogs to push to the top of the rankings in the future.

8. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) (6-0)

Last week: 7

Obinna Anyanwu (Cal commit) and Dillon Wilhite are the two top players for San Diego’s top team.

9. Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) (16-0)

Last week: 16

St. Mary’s commit Chris Howell and Nick Herrmann lead a talented Falcons team. Torrey Pines best win came against Corona Centennial. Last week, they beat El Camino twice.

10. Corona Centennial (10-1)

Last week: 17

Centennial has won nine games in a row to jump into the top ten. On Saturday, the Huskies destroyed Long Beach Poly 81-41.

11. Santa Margarita (7-0)

Last week: 10

Jake Blazona

Santa Margarita has been one of the surprises of the spring so far thanks to a win over St. John Bosco. Jake Blazona and Luke Murphy are key contributors. Last week, the Eagles fell to Mater Dei 51-38.

12. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (12-1)

Last week: 12

Scotty Washington

Beware of St. John Bosco’s three-headed monster of Scotty Washington, Jeremiah Nyarko and Lamaj Lewis (LMU commit). The Braves only slip up so far came against Santa Margarita, 61-58 in overtime.

13. Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) (9-3)

Last week: 14

Kyle Frelow

After starting 9-0, Heritage Christian lost three in a row in large part due to injuries. The Warriors are healthy again and are back to being dangerous; they’ve won three straight. Heritage Christian’s best win came against Harvard-Westlake on April 3rd. The Warriors won 72-61.

14. Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) (10-1)

Last week: 15

KJ Simpson and Keith Higgins form one of the state’s best backcourt partnerships. Chaminade’s lone loss on the year came to Harvard-Westlake.

15. Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 13

Archbishop Riordan went 23-5 a year ago and was still in the state playoffs when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down high school basketball in the state. Their lone loss this season came to Campolindo.

16. Clayton Valley Charter (Concord, Calif.) (2-0)

The Ugly Eagles are off to a 2-0 start which includes an impressive win over Capital Christian.

17. San Marcos (15-0)

Last week: 23

Devon Arlington has pushed San Marcos to a 15-0 start.

18. Capital Christian (Sacramento, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: NR

Capital Christian’s lone defeat on the season came against Clayton Valley Charter, but the Cougars did record a two point win over Archbishop Mitty on Saturday.

19. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 9

Mitty lost by two points to Capital Christian, which pushed the Monarchs to No. 19.

20. Modesto Christian (4-0)

Last week: NR

Modesto Christian has won by double-digits in all of their games so far this season.

21. Dublin (0-0)

Last week: 21

Dublin must replace many seniors from last season’s 24-7 team, but they’ll be okay under the leadership of Tom Costello, last year’s Mercury News Bay Area Preps coach of the year.

22. Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) (0-0)

Last week: 23

How far will senior guard TJ Wainwright take the Comets? Westchester begins its season on Saturday.

23. Windward (Los Angeles, Calif.) (6-2)

Last week: 17

2022 UCLA commit Dylan Andrews and four star big man Kijani Wright are stars, but Windward has had to deal with a COVID-19 pause and injuries this spring. Last Friday, the Wildcats lost to Crossroads 56-53.

24. Birmingham (Lake Balboa, Calif.) (3-1)

David Elliott is off to a hot start for the Patriots.

25. St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: NR

The Knights hung around with Sierra Canyon on Saturday before ultimately falling 72-59, which was enough to keep them in the Top 25.

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