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SoCalHoops HS Top 20
Division I-AAA--
(Revised Dec.16, 2000)

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1 Long Beach Poly 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 should repeat, but will be challenged by a few like Upland.
2 Upland Very tough squad, UNLV-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
3 Canyon Springs Arizona State-signee Jason Braxton, soph Richard Cobbs, Howard and Royal Tayloar and Marcus Carver make up a talented squad. Should have better chemistry
4 Fontana Two of the "Fab Three" are gone, but Trayvon Williams and a very talented team remain
5 Oxnard 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.
6 Eisenhower Return Johnny Dukes, Denote Nelson, Sean Marshall, Joell Hart, and Alex Acker. Sweet 16 team should be better this year
7 Arroyo Grande Height with Phillip Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman and good guard play give this team real potential
8 Peninsula 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 Austing Cinnzmoad
9 Leuzinger Derrick Clark is reason enough to put this team here
10 Miller, AB Currently 7-0; 
11 Jordan Travon Bryant is gone, but Keith Rogers, Anthony Massey, Rashawn Childs, Ron Banks, Donald Williams, Clay Salima and Donte Cottrell should all return. 
12 Ontario 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. 
13 Los Alamitos Lost a lot to graduation including big men Jeff Grgas Kenny Carter but return Brian Rakusin (6'-8" Sr. C/F), along guards Eddie Courtemarche, Ian Martini, Steve Shinen and Eric Yarger.Very good  jv-feeder program.
14 Esperanza Team returns everyone except four lost to graduation. Anthony Vicencia leads returning scorers.
15 Lakewoood Robert Hicks and Armand Ivory make this team one to watch.
16 Etiwanda Lost Reco Wright and Romel Beck to graduation, but most of their other offensive weapons return, including Jonathan Boyd and Jason Burrell.
17 LB Millikan Could be a darkhorse in the division and may sneak up on some people.
18 Fountain Valley 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.
19 Ayala Litigation settled, now it's back to business. Lost a lot to graduation, but Dontaa Donald,  Ken Quinn, Kyle Gregory and Danny Stephens return to an always tough team. Hard to replace Chris Pacana, Marcel Burke, Malik Jones, Mike Sterling, Chase Jones, and DJ Lucas, but a huge base of students to draw on.
20 Rialto Daryl Diggins, and Gales have been the two mainstays in the preseason from what we can tell. Struggled a bit against some teams, but they have excellent potential. Keep an eye on them.
20T Downey Downey has managed a 5-4 preseason record thus far, and with Steve Topete and Aaron Perez, along with Nathan Black and George Zumbarakis, and Danny Mendiola (related to ???), they will be improving. Others include Lucas Lucero,  Matthew Craig, Brian Wright, Rudy Danato, Andrew Yonan and Jaime Johnson.

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Teams Not Ranked
(In alphabetical order)

Alta Loma
Bell Gardens
Capistrano Valley
Channel Islands

Dana Hills
Diamond Bar
El Rancho
Fountain Valley
Rancho Cucamonga
Redlands East Valley
Santa Ana
Santa Maria
Santa Monica
Wilson (Long Beach)