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SoCalHoops HS Top 15
Division III-AA--
(Jan. 7, 2001)

socalogominitop20.gif (2380 bytes)Southern Section D-IIIAA Top 15 as of Jan.  7,  2001)I
1 Bishop Montgomery Still on top, even with a loss at the Whataburger Classic in Texas. Defending State D-III champions return all but Brian Pruitt from last year. Errick & Derrick Craven have signed with USC, DeVaughan Peace has signed with UC Irvine, and the Knights also feature senior speedster Kenny D'Oyen and Fred Washington (6'-4" So. G/F).
2 Centennial--Compton Playing inconsistently, but they are so talented that there is no question they belong in the top 5 in the division. When healthy they are scary. Compton Centennial was a solid contender even before the addition of Tony Key and Rodney Biggers.  Freshman Gabriel Pruitt, Aaron afflalo, as well as senior Jamal Barnes make this a really tough team.
3 Burroughs-Ridgecrest Played well, but lost a few in the preseason, they should have no difficulty taking league and challenging for the Section Title.   USC-signee Rory O'Neil brings the offensive power and finesse to Ridgecrest, along with Paul Graham, Levi Steinmetz,  and a great supporting group make this a contender.
4 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Even with the upset by Thousand Oaks, Notre Dame is still one of the top teams in the division. Cody Pearson, Mike Luderer, Ruben Sanchez, and a solid group of supporting players have given Notre Dame the best shot at a Mission League title and a CIF section title in years.  They've only played limited preseason games but haven't lost yet.
5 San Dimas Jason Greenlee, Paul Marshall, and Curtis Small have already given San Dimas Coach Prestesater his 400th career win this season.   CIF Section finalists two years ago, they could again challenge for a title.
6 La Canada Jordan Ballard, Robbie Neyland, Kurt Turley, Joel Kim, Mark Moore, Greg Gaudino and Billy Hofman are the core of this Spartan team which thus far has lost only one game out of 7 in the preseason. 
7 Pomona A solid start with some good preseason wins bodes well for the Red Devils. Watch for Odell Howard, Darnell Buchanon and Spencer Smith
8 Morningside Early preseason losses are deceptive due to their tough schedule against the top teams in higher divisions.  Morningside is a solid contender, led by Marlon Brisco, Dave Payne, Daniel Campbell, Marques Calcote and a tough group of senior talent. 
9 Costa Mesa Chad Vakili, David Conte and Mike Payne have formed the main offensive core for Costa Mesa in the preseason. An improving team.
10 Riverside King Playing without seniors, Marvin Lea and Leon Rosborough have been the impetus for King's excellent preseason run.
11 Blair Darryl Strawberry Jr. and Douglas Ealy have been the big scorers for Blair in the preseason, and junior Robbie Tucker has made some key plays as well, as has Damion Jackson.  A team which could make some noise this year.
12 Chaminade Lost recently in league, but have some good young talent. Santa Clara University-signee Scott Borchart isn't playing up to his potential, but with some quick freshmen guard play, this could still be a good year for the Eagles. 
13 Gladstone Darrell White has been a prolific scorer, and Gladstone has also gotten good contributions from Dominique Nevers, Freddy Gonzalez, and Lamont Alexander.  A team to watch.  
14 Santa Paula Inconsistent preseason results thus far, Santa Paula has a couple of guys capable of scoring in bunches, including Ryan Frutos, an excellent three-point shooter and Luis Rico.  Whether they can gain more consistency and have the necessary depth is an open question.  
15 Ganesha Michael Eferberha has shown excellent ability to put points on the board; team however has been inconsistent and will need to improve to stay ranked. 

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Jan. 7, 20001

Southern Section
Others Not Ranked
(In alphabetical order)

Corona del Mar
Immaculate Heart*
San Jacinto
San Marino
Santa Paula
Santa Ynez
South El Monte
South Pasadena
St. Francis
Yucca Valley