SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: Clovis West and Clovis North move into top ten

The winter 2021-2022 California high school boys basketball season began Nov. 15. Here’s a look at the top teams in the state a month into the year. SBLive’s statewide high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and are released every Monday throughout the spring 2021 season.

SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

December 13, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (9-1)

Last week: 1

Bronny James scored 19 points to lead Sierra Canyon to a 71-53 win over Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent–St. Mary, the alma mater of LeBron James, two weeks ago at Staples Center. Last week, the Trailblazers beat Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.) 65-52. Sierra Canyon’s lone loss this season came against Texas power Duncanville.

2. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: 2

The Huskies lost to Texas power Duncanville 75-70 at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest showcase at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth, Texas in November, which is their only loss on the year. Corona Centennial has beaten Sheldon and Notre Dame Sherman Oaks so far this season.

3. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (10-1)

Last week: 3

The Wolverines won the 2021 Rose City Round Ball Classic Championship at Maranatha High School two weeks ago, but dropped their first game of the year at Hoophall West to Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 59-54 last week.

4. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 6

Campolindo’s best wins have come against Dublin and No. 17 De La Salle.

5. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (12-0)

Last week: 7

Damien has beaten No. 13 Riverside Poly and No. 14 St. John Bosco this season.

6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: 8

Mater Dei’s lone loss this came against Chicago (Ill.) Simeon 66-50 in a game that was close for three quarters. Mater Dei’s beaten No. 24 Etiwanda and Edison this season.

7. St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) (7-1)

Last week: 9

St. Augustine was San Diego’s preseason No. 1. team and so far the Saints are playing like it. Their lone loss came against No. 1 Sierra Canyon 51-46.

8. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) (10-0)

Last week: NR

Clovis West debuts at No. 8 in our statewide rankings after beating No. 9 Clovis North in triple over time and No. 18 San Joaquin Memorial at last week’s Nike Invitational.

9. Clovis North (Fresno, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: NR

Clovis North fell to No. 8 Clovis West in triple overtime, but before that picked up a big 77-56 win over No. 10 Modesto Christian.

10. Modesto Christian (Modesto, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: 5

Modesto Christian has beaten No. 18 San Joaquin Memorial this season, but lost to No. 9 Clovis North last week.

11. St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 11

St. Bernard is playing like an Open Division team in the Southern Section. The Vikings beat No. 20 Bishop Montgomery 54-44 in the Westchester Tournament Championship. Darius Carr won Tournament MVP after scoring 30 points in the title game.

12. Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 12

Crean Lutheran showed why they’re going to be considered for the Southern Section Open Division playoffs this year in their 69-63 season-opening win over Eastvale Roosevelt two weeks ago. Sophomore Vyctorius Miller scored 28 points in the victory. Koat Keat added 18 points.

13. Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) (9-1)

Last week: 22

Poly narrowly lost to No. 7 Damien 55-52 on Nov. 20 and since then, the Bears have won four blowouts.

14. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (8-2)

Last week: 10

St. John Bosco advanced to the championship game of their Winter Classic tournament last week, but then fell in the title game 67-47 to No. 5 Damien.

15. St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 15

St. Joseph has recorded five blowout wins in their first five games. In their opener, freshman Tounde Yessoufou broke the backboard with a huge dunk.

16. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 16

Senior guard Benny Gealer, a Stanford commit, and junior forward Kenny Manzi make up one of the state’s best duos. The Huskies won the 2AA Southern Section title last season and have picked up right from where they left off a year ago. Their best win this season came against previously undefeated Mira Costa 60-48.

17. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: NR

De La Salle comes in at No. 17 this week after starting 6-1 with their only loss coming against No. 4 Campolindo 48-41.

18. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (5-2)

Last week: 18

San Joaquin Memorial has lost to No. 8 Clovis West and No. 10 Modesto Christian this season. Their top player is 2022 Fresno State commit Jojo Hunter. He’s averaging over 20 points per game.

19. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 19

Mitty had a senior heavy team in the spring, but this winter a young Monarchs squad should still emerge as one of the state’s best. In their season opening game, Mitty beat Alameda 61-43. Last week, they fell to Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 66-47.

20. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) (7-1)

Last week: 24

Bishop Montgomery lost their first game of the season 54-44 to No. 11 St. Bernard two weeks ago, but the Knights have won seven blowouts outside of that defeat.

21. Crossroads (Santa Monica, Calif.) (7-1)

Last week: 25

Crossroads beat a good St. Anthony team 69-57 on Nov. 19 and then fell to No. 3 Harvard-Westlake 61-53 on Nov. 20. Last week, they won the Beverly Hill High School tournament after beating West Ranch and Santa Clarita Christian.

22. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: NR

Despite a close defeat to unranked Foothill, JSerra has started the year strong and debuts thanks to wins over No. 24 Etiwanda and Tesoro.

23. Capistrano Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (9-0)

Last week: 23

Mac West is averaging over 20 points per game for undefeated Capistrano Valley Christian.

24. Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) (8-2)

Last week: 4

Going into last week, Etiwanda had beaten all six of their opponents by double digits, but they then fell to No. 6 Mater Dei and No. 22 JSerra.

25. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: NR

Sacred Heart Prep debuts this week thanks to a 57-47 win over Archbishop Riordan on December 4th.

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