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The first-ever Bay Area Boys Basketball Rankings are out. Only teams located in cities located on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the poll.
Bishop O’Dowd returns some top-tier talent after reaching the Northern California Open Division championship game last season, which was canceled because of COVID-19. Senior Marsalis Roberson is committed to Cal. Another headliner is sophomore big man Jalen Lewis, who is the No. 2 player in the ESPN 25 for the 2023 class.
Campolindo is off to a fast start, already securing wins over Salesian (66-50), Alhambra (73-33), Piedmont (68-53) and Dougherty Valley (70-52). Emmanuel Callas leads the way with 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Cougars won a state title in 2019 and were a state finalist in 2020 before the game was canceled.
The defending North Coast Section Division I champion started off the 2021 season with a 50-36 victory over Cardinal Newman. Point guard Miles Daniels recently signed with Chico State.
Fresh off a 23-win campaign and a Central Coast Section Open Division title, Mitty is 1-0 this year after a 66-61 victory over Piedmont Hills.
Riordan, like Mitty, won 23 games last season, and its resume in 2020 included two wins in the CIF State tournament.
The Bells’ slate begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday versus Serra after being a CCS runner-up a year ago.
Miramonte is one of the hottest teams early on, earning wins against Alhambra (75-40) and No. 11 Salesian (69-63). Niyi Olabode finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals to beat Salesian. He currently leads the team with 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
The Mariners return their top four scorers, all of which averaged 6.6 points or more per contest. Two of them – D’Aunte Johnson (12.4) and Trey Knight (12.2) – averaged double figures. Johnson boasts a San Diego offer. Trey Knight holds offers from DePaul and San Diego.
SPSV won a section title a year ago, and its top player, Jaden Alexander headlines the roster. Alexander averaged 19.6 points per game.
Last year, Vanden won 27 games and won a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title. Back from that team are Takai Emerson-Hardy (Northern Arizona offer) and Agjanti Miller.
Piedmont is 2-1, with its only loss coming to No. 2 Campolindo. Its latest win was a 76-71 win over No. 20 San Ramon Valley, as Luke Harris and JoJo Murphy combined for 56 points. Harris is averaging 25 points per game, while Murphy is at 27 points per contest.
Following a 25-7 year and a league crown in 2020, powerhouse Salesian is off to an 0-2 start, but both defeats also come to loaded squads in No. 7 Miramonte (69-63) and No. 2 Campolindo (66-50).
While Dublin graduated its top seven scores from an NCS Open Division runner-up team, the talent is certainly not bare under a proven head coach in Tom Costello, whose resume features multiple NCS championship trips. Caleb Oden recently committed to Nevada-Reno. Senior guard TJ Meagher is the leading returning scorer after posting 3.6 points per contest.
Dougherty Valley’s only loss came to No. 2 Campolindo. Sophomore Ryan Beasley, whose older brother plays at Montana, scored 21 points after averaging 11.9 as a freshman. Senior Aidan Sevilla is another prospect to watch for, scoring 13 in the season opener after averaging 14.4 as a junior. DV played in the EBAL championship last season.
The Lancers, who were CCS semifinalists in 2020, open the year at Bellarmine.
Branson could not be stopped in 2020, winning 30 games and capturing a league championship. It is 1-0 this year following a 59-44 victory against Healdsburg.
The Mustangs are 1-0 after making a trip to the NCS Division I semifinals last season, as they opened the campaign with a 57-49 win over Liberty.
San Leandro is one of the winningest programs the last two years, combined for 43 wins – including 24 in 2018-19.
An NCS runner-up in 2020 to De Anza, the Yellowjackets bring back senior point guard Jason Cibull, who committed to Holy Names.
Although the Wolves are 0-1, their lone defeat comes to No. 11 Piedmont in 76-71 fashion. Tyler Isaak scored 40 points. They advanced to the NCS semifinals last year before losing by one to St. Patrick-St. Vincent.
Granada is coming off one of its best seasons in decades, when it advanced to the NCS championship game before falling to De La Salle. Senior Landon Wiedenfeld is a player to watch for.
This past season was incredible for De Anza, who captured 22 victories and was an NCS champion. Junior Broyce Batchan Jr. is a prospect to keep an eye on.
The Cougars were winners of 20 games a year ago and were a NCS Division II semifinalist.
M-A was one of the region’s top teams in 2020, going 23-5 while making it two rounds deep in the CCS and NorCal playoffs.
Another special year is in store for Oakland Tech, who compiled a 27-5 record last season and appeared in the Northern California playoffs.
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