A look at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland.
Rank, SCHOOL with Eric Sondheimer’s comment
1. CORONA CENTENNIAL: Point guard Sedrick Barefield leads talented starting five.
2. SIERRA CANYON: Cody Riley and Ira Lee combine with point guard Devearl Ramsey.
3. MATER DEI: MJ Cage is capable of rising up and leading the Monarchs to prominence.
4. BISHOP MONTGOMERY: Stephen Thompson Jr. and teammates received lots of experience winning state Division III title.
5. REDONDO: The arrival of 6-foot-9 sophomore Billy Preston will create excitement and success.
6. ETIWANDA: Kameron Edwards and lots of defense make the Eagles tough to beat.
7. CHINO HILLS: Brothers Lonzo Ball and LiAngelo Ball don’t like losing — ever.
8. ALEMANY: Daron Henson and Shacquille Dawkins are juniors ready to make impact.
9. LONG BEACH POLY: Point guard KJ Feagin won’t let his team fail.
10. CATHEDRAL: Kobe Paras from the Philippines and Lucas Siewert from Brazil lead Phantoms.
11. MARANATHA: Arrival of Tyler Dorsey and Trevor Stanback changes everything.
12. COMPTON: If chemistry matters, Tarbabes will surprise plenty, led by Robert Lewis.
13. FAIRFAX: Lions are loaded with quality guards, led by Lindsey Drew.
14. WESTCHESTER: Coach Ed Azzam is planning a few surprises for opponents.
15. DAMIEN: Five starters are back, led by Jeremy Hemsley.
16. RIVERSIDE NORTH: You’ve heard of the Lion King, and his name is point guard Dikymbe Martin.
17. SONORA: Point guard Josh Rodriguez is ready to score in large numbers.
18. CANTWELL-SACRED HEART: A pair of 6-10 big men can pound the boards.
19. ST. JOHN BOSCO: Junior Vance Jackson has the talent to lead the Braves.
20. LAWNDALE: Chimezie Metu and Brodricks Jones are imposing.
21. PRICE: Ready to contend for state Division V championship.
22. ORANGE LUTHERAN: Veteran guards in Rogers Printup and CJ Hankins.
23. VILLAGE CHRISTIAN: Bennie Boatwright is best three-point shooter around.
24. CHAMINADE: Michael Oguine is about to be turned loose.
25. LOYOLA: Seniors Max Hazzard and Stone Gettings will have big seasons.