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SoCalHoops HS Top 20
Division I-AAA--
(Jan.7, 2001)

socalogominitop20.gif (2380 bytes) Southern Section D-IAAA Top 20 as of Jan. 7, 2001
1 Upland (14-1) Very tough squad, Nevada Reno-signee Kirk Snyder, Sheldon Pace, Prentice Harris, Lionel Davis and Tye-Juan Hatter make them a contender. Quarterfinals last year, could be finalist this year
2 Oxnard (14-3) Only lose 5 players; Matthew Merricks is gone, but they have some excellent guard play, and top D-I prospect Nicholas Curtis, as well as All-League junior point guard Jonathan Davis and junior forward Lee Abair.
3 Arroyo Grande (16-2) Height with Phillip Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman and good guard play give this team real potential
4 Long Beach Poly (10-5, 2-0) Lost Wesley Stokes and Joe Travis to graduation, but return strongest team in the division, with Markee White, Marcedes Lewis, Carlos Rivers, Jono Harper. Defending D-IAA Champs could repeat, but they are showing some early signs of mortality.
5 Ayala (12-2) Somehow they just keep on winning. . . . have won 11 straight as of Jan 3 (last game).  Next up West Covina in Sierra League opener. Litigation settled, now it's back to business. Dontaa Donald,  Ken Quinn, Kyle Gregory and Danny Stephens get it done.
6 Eisenhower 10-4 Return Johnny Dukes, Denote Nelson, Sean Marshall, Joell Hart, and Alex Acker. Sweet 16 team should be better this year
7 AB Miller (12-4) Finished third in the Chaminade tournament.  
8 Canyon Springs (8-6) Still very promising, but have yet to gel.  Arizona State-signee Jason Braxton, soph Richard Cobbs, Howard and Royal Tayloar and Marcus Carver make up a talented squad.
9 Fontana (9-5) Two of the "Fab Three" are gone, but Trayvon Williams and a very talented team remain. Have won more than they lost, well coached squad still a contender.
10 Peninsula (10-5) Lose a little to graduation, but gain from returning player maturity. Kevin Gardner will lead along with Ryan Johnson, Phil Baxter, Jay Lescoulie, Andrew Nyim, and Austin Cinnzmoad
11 Jordan (11-7) Travon Bryant is gone, but Keith Rogers, Anthony Massey, Rashawn Childs, Ron Banks, Donald Williams, Clay Salima and Donte Cottrell should all return. 
12 LB Millikan (12-5) Could be a darkhorse in the division and may sneak up on some people, just as they have this season so far. 
13 Ontario (9-5) Ontario lost a lot to graduation, including Jonathan Levy (18 ppg) and Jason Burrell (21 ppg), but they return just about everyone, including Marlon Mitchell (15 ppg), Brandon Kinney, David Dunn, Andrew ?Alhadeff and Harold Ringgold. 
14 Esperanza (8-8) Team returns everyone except four lost to graduation. Anthony Vicencia leads returning scorers.
15 Lakewoood (8-8) Robert Hicks and Armand Ivory make this team one to watch.
16 Fountain Valley (9-7) Forward Matt Ball and guard Tucker Fendon have helped Fountain Valley to get off to a good start this season. We'll see if it lasts.
17 Downey (8-8) Downey managed a 5-4 preseason record and then improved a bit in the last week in December. Steve Topete and Aaron Perez, along with Nathan Black and George Zumbarakis, and Danny Mendiola leading the way. Others include Lucas Lucero, Matthew Craig, Brian Wright, Rudy Danato, Andrew Yonan and Jaime Johnson.
18 Leuzinger (8-6) Derrick Clark is reason enough to rank the team, but they have not been performing overall as expected. Will need to pick up some wins soon in order to rise back to their prior spot.
19 Arcadia (11-5) Ok, so they're short, but they're winning . . .
20 Paramount (11-6)
7th place finish in the Nogales Tournament. They are doing better this year than last and could continue to rise.

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Jan 7, 2001
Teams Not Ranked
(In alphabetical order)
(selected records shown)

Alta Loma (7-8)
Bell Gardens (7-8)
Capistrano Valley
Chaffey (6-8)
Channel Islands (4-11)
Dana Hills

Diamond Bar (5-10)
Etiwanda (7-8)
El Rancho (9-6)
Glendale  (8-7)
Hoover (7-7)
Littlerock (6-10)
Los Alamitos  (6-7)
Rancho Cucamonga (4-10)
Redlands East Valley
Santa Ana
Santa Maria
Santa Monica
Wilson (Long Beach)