SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings: Crossroads debuts

SBLive’s Southern Section 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 SOUTHERN SECTION 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: 2

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: 3

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: 4

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

Last week: 5

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.

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

Last week: 6

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.

7. Corona Centennial (10-1)

Last week: 12

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

8. Santa Margarita (7-0)

Last week: 7

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.

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

Last week: 9

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.

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

Last week: 10

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.

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

Last week: 11

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.

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

Last week: 13

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.

13. West Ranch (4-0)

Last week: 16

West Ranch has a huge game on Tuesday against Valencia.

14. Capistrano Valley (8-0)

Last week: 13

Capo Valley has wins over JSerra and Fairmont Prep.

15. Roosevelt (5-0)

Last week: 15

Roosevelt is one of the best shooting teams in the Section, but shots weren’t falling when they met Centennial last week. The Mustangs lost 84-47.

16. Colony (11-1)

Last week: 17

Colony has won eight games in a row.

17. St. Anthony (7-1)

Last week: 14

St. Anthony dropped their first game of the season to St. Bernard last week, which drops the Saints to No. 17.

18. Long Beach Poly (2-0)

Last week: 8

Peyton Watson
Peyton Watson

UCLA signee Peyton Watson is regarded as California’s top 2021 prospect, but he didn’t play against Centennial on Saturday and Poly lost 81-41.

19. Rolling Hills Prep (3-0)

Last week: 21

Benny Gealer and Kenny Manzi are a strong duo.

20. Laguna Beach (10-0)

Last week: 22

A six point win over Newport Harbor kept Laguna Beach undefeated.

21. Fairmont Prep (3-2)

Last week: 24

Myles Che and Chol Deng are very talented. Fairmont Prep’s two losses on the season came against Capo Valley and Corona Centennial.

22. Crossroads (3-0)

Last week: NR

Wins over Windward and Beverly Hills have moved Crossroads into the Top 25.

23. St. Bernard (2-1)

Last week: NR

Last week’s win over St. Anthony pushes the Vikings into the Top 25.

24. Orange Lutheran (6-4)

The Lancers have played a very challenging schedule, but last week’s victory 67-66 over Fountain Valley gets Orange Lutheran into this week’s rankings.

Last week: NR

25. Fountain Valley (8-2)

Last week: NR

The Barons are one of Orange County’s top public school teams.

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