The CIF Southern Section has released their 2020 high school boys basketball playoff brackets, and we’re taking an inside look at the top players in each bracket.
The 29-team Division 1 boys basketball bracket is loaded with talent. Windward and Poly/Riverside are the top two seeds, and first-round games tip off on Wednesday.
Scorebook Live California reporter Connor Morrissette breaks down the best players from the Division 1 field below.
Dylan Andrews – 2022
Andrews is a national recruit in the 2022 class. He’s one of the top point guards in the region, regardless of age.
Kijani Wright – 2022
Wright is another super sophomore. He’s represented Team USA at multiple USA Basketball events in recent years.
Devin Tillis – 2020
Tillis, a 6-foot-6 forward, is committed to UNLV.
Tibet Gorener – 2020
Gorener is a national recruit in the 2020 class. He’s represented his native country of Turkey at the youth level in FIBA tournaments.
Josh Christopher – 2020
Christopher is a McDonald’s All American. He’s yet to announce his college decision.
Dior Johnson – 2022
Johnson committed to Syracuse University last week. He’s an incredible scorer.
Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward, is an Oregon State signee.
Ian Martinez – 2020
Martinez is a Utah signee. He’s been hurt for the last couple of weeks, but is expected to return for the playoffs.
Malik Thomas – 2021
Thomas is one of the top juniors in the region. He scored 36 points in a loss to Windward earlier this season.
Christian Moore – 2022
Moore is another member of the loaded 2022 class in Southern California. He has a scholarship offer from Denver.
Mike Price – 2023
Price is one of the top freshmen in the country. He’s a great scorer.
Tyler Carlson – 2020
Carlson is one of the top shooters in the region. He scored 35 points in a playoff win over Compton last season.
Jake Hlywiak – 2020
Hlywiak has hit over 100 threes this season, breaking a school record he set last year.
Noah Veluzat – 2021
Veluzat recorded a triple double scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in a win over Canyon last week.
Brenton Knapper – 2021
Knapper has four scholarship offers, per 247Sports.
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Ben Shtolzberg – 2022
Shtolzberg finished with 27 points in an upset Mission League win over Chaminade last month.
Dusty Stromer – 2023
Like Crespi’s Mike Price, Stromer is another top freshman in the country.
Long Beach Poly
Peyton Watson – 2021
Watson is the top rated 2021 player in California, per 247Sports.
Lamont Butler – 2020
Butler, a 6-foot-1 point guard, is committed to San Diego State.
DJ Davis – 2020
Davis, a 6-foot guard, signed with UC Irvine in November.