SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose) debuts at No. 21

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.

Editor’s note: Next Monday (Dec. 27th), SBLive California won’t release statewide rankings due to Holiday Tournaments beginning that morning across the state. Our next set of rankings will come out on Monday, Jan. 3rd.

SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

December 20, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (10-1)

Last week: 1

Sierra Canyon’s lone loss this season came against Texas power Duncanville on Nov. 27. Since then, the Trailblazers have won seven games in a row. Six of those victories have come without star senior Amari Bailey who is battling a lower body injury.

2. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (8-1)

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.) (12-1)

Last week: 3

After dropping their first game of the year at Hoophall West to Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 59-54 two weeks ago, the Wolverines have won two straight over West Ranch and St. Anthony.

4. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 4

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

5. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (12-0)

Last week: 5

Damien has beaten No. 13 Riverside Poly and No. 14 St. John Bosco this season. Head coach Mike LeDuc goes for career win No. 1,000 on Wednesday on the road against Glendora.

6. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) (12-0)

Last week: 9

Clovis West debuted at No. 8 in our statewide rankings last week after beating No. 9 Clovis North in triple over time and No. 18 San Joaquin Memorial. Last week, the Golden Eagles beat two out of state opponents to move up to No. 6.

7. St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) (8-2)

Last week: 7

St. Augustine was San Diego’s preseason No. 1. team and so far the Saints are playing like it. They’ve lost to No. 1 Sierra Canyon and Nevada Liberty this season. In last week’s 71-63 win over Sheldon, junior Jurian Dixon scored 33 points.

8. Clovis North (Fresno, Calif.) (7-1)

Last week: 9

Clovis North fell to No. 8 Clovis West in triple overtime earlier this season, but before that the Broncos picked up a big 77-56 win over No. 10 Modesto Christian. Last week, Clovis North beat Mission Hills.

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

Last week: 10

Modesto Christian has beaten No. 18 San Joaquin Memorial this season, but lost to No. 8 Clovis North two weeks ago.

10. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (7-2)

Last week: 6

Mater Dei has two out of state losses on the season. The second came last week against St. Francis Prep (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) 80-47, so the Monarchs drop down to No. 10 this week.

11. St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) (7-2)

Last week: 11

St. Bernard was 7-0 heading into last week, but dropped two games in the Tarkanian Classic to fall to 7-2.

12. Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) (5-0)

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. The Saints are 2-0 in the Tarkanian Classic and take on (Utah) Bingham Monday afternoon.

13. Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) (10-1)

Last week: 13

Poly narrowly lost to No. 5 Damien 55-52 on Nov. 20 and since then, the Bears have won seven games all by double digits.

14. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (10-2)

Last week: 14

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

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

Last week: 15

St. Joseph has recorded seven double-digit wins in their first seven games this season. In their opener, freshman Tounde Yessoufou broke the backboard with a huge dunk.

16. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, Calif.) (10-0)

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: 17

De La Salle debuted at No. 17 last week and stay there this week. Their only loss has come against No. 4 Campolindo 48-41.

18. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (7-2)

Last week: 18

San Joaquin Memorial has lost to No. 8 Clovis West and No. 10 Modesto Christian this season. The Panthers earned an impressive 59-56 win over No. 22 JSerra last week.

19. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (4-1)

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. Two weeks ago, they fell to Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 66-47.

20. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) (8-1)

Last week: 20

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

21. Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: NR

Bellarmine College Prep debuts this week after taking down No. 25 Sacred Heart Prep 59-51 last week.

22. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (7-2)

Last week: 22

Despite a close defeat to unranked Foothill two weeks ago, JSerra has started the year strong with wins over No. 24 Etiwanda and Tesoro. Last week, the Lions fell to No. 18 San Joaquin Memorial 59-56.

23. Capistrano Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (11-0)

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: 24

Two weeks ago, Etiwanda had beaten all six of their opponents by double digits, but they then fell to No. 10 Mater Dei and No. 22 JSerra last week to drop to 8-2.

25. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.) (4-1)

Last week: 25

Sacred Heart Prep fell to No. 21 Bellarmine College Prep 59-51 last week, but the Gators kept the game close so they stay at No. 25 this week.

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