16. Tim Harrison 6’8” PF Parker (San Diego CA)
Long forward is oozing with long-term potential. Rice signee has excellent academic marks.
17. Lucas Siewert 6’10” C Cathedral (Los Angeles CA)
Skilled center with nice face-up skills will choose between Colorado, Creighton and Washington State.
18. Raysean Scott 6’6” WF Compton (Compton CA)
Springy wing with very improved outside shot is a Florida Gulf Coast signee
19. Johnny McWilliams 6’5” WG San Marcos (San Marcos CA)
Fresno State signee is an effective slashing scorer and very good defender.
20. Morgan Means 6’3” CG Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Very improved combo-guard is another late-blooming prospect under the tutelage of Redondo coach Reggie Morris. One of the region’s top unsigned seniors.
21. Jordan Griffin 6’3” WG Corona Centennial (CA)
Sharp-shooting off-guard has deep perimeter range. Long Beach State signee.
22. Christian Juzang 6’3” CG Viewpoint (Malibu CA)
Cerebral lead guard is smooth with the rock. CIF Division 4A Player of the Year is a very good student (3.8 GPA) headed to Harvard.
23. Dikymbe Martin 6’0” PG JW North (Riverside CA)
Heady point guard led HS team to 61-58 win over Long Beach Poly in CIF-SS 1AA title game. UC-Riverside signee is a very good student.
24. Henry Welsh 6’10” C Loyola (Los Angeles CA)
Physical rebounder with a high motor is headed to Harvard.
25. Vittorio Reynoso-Avila 6’5” WF La Mirada (La Mirada CA)
Play-making swingman has a high basketball IQ and underrated skill level. Amazing student (4.7 GPA) is Princeton-bound.
26. Wolfgang Novogratz 6’2” PG Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood CA)
Hard-working point runs a team with authority and can knock down shots. Very good student.
27. Drew Buggs 6’1” CG Poly (Long Beach CA)
Steady combo-guard never gets rattled and has the propensity to make timely shots. Hawaii signee.
28. Ian Carter 6’6” WF La Mirada (La Mirada CA)
Lefty wing can slash and score and is a very good student that’s headed to Dartmouth.
29. Jacob Davison 6’3” SG Cantwell (Montebello CA)
Bouncy guard with legit 3-point range signed with Eastern Washington. Good student (3.4 GPA).
30. Shacquille Dawkins 5’8” PG Alemany (Mission Hills CA)
Ultra-quick point is very difficult to contain off bounce and can be a dangerous scorer.
Next Twelve (in alphabetical order):
* Austen Awosika 6’2” SG Ayala (Chino Hills CA)
Cal State Fullerton signee led Ayala to the CIF-SS 2AA title this year and will play in CA State Division III title game this Thursday versus Manteca.
* Donald Gibson 6’5” WF Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Strong wing is an athletic scorer in transition that rebounded after suffering knee injury during junior season. Gibson signed with Loyola Marymount in the early signing period.
* Max Heidegger 6’2” CG Oaks Christian (Westlake Village CA)
High scoring combo-guard averaged 28.0 points per game this season. Will play next year at UC-Santa Barbara.
* Alec Hickman 6’3” WG JSerra (San Juan Capistrano CA)
Scoring wing with upside will spend a year in prep school next school year before attending Cal in 2017-18.
* Eric Monroe 6’1” PG St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Smart floor-general with accurate 3-point stroke. Very good student is headed to Yale.
* Justin Moore 6’3” CG Mission Bay (San Diego CA)
Talented ball-handler can create for teammates. Tulane-bound.
* Ryan Murphy 6’2” CG Calabasas (Calabasas CA)
Tough as nails lead guard gets buckets! Good student scored 30 points or more six times this season.
* Dwight Ramos 6’5” WF Walnut (Walnut CA)
Skilled swingman is a dual inside-out offensive threat.
* Kavaughn Scott 6’7” PF Orange Lutheran (Orange CA)
Strong post player has impressive explosion to the cup.
* Roman Silva 7’0” C Diamond Ranch (Diamond Bar CA)
Very improved center with size had 22 points and 12 boards in winning effort in CIF 3AA title game.
* Cartrell Thompson 6’8” PF Price (Los Angeles CA)
Very improved senior is an extremely athletic forward that averaged 18.3 points and 10.9 points this past season for a Price squad that won the CIF Division 6 title . Huge upside!
* Isaiah White 6’6” WF Damien (La Verne CA)
Athletic forward can play above the rim and is an underrated shooter and improved ball-handler. White averaged 18 points and 8 boards in 2015-16. Considering attending prep school next season.
Seniors Honorable Mention List
Top 10 Southern California High School Juniors (2017)
1. Brandon McCoy 6’11” C Cathedral Catholic (San Diego CA)
Dramatically improved prospect is knocking on the door of Top 10 national status. Big, long, strong and athletic, McCoy averaged 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks for a HS squad that went 21-7, won the Western league title and reached the San Diego CIF Open Finals (lost to Foothills Christian and TJ Leaf). McCoy’s signature performance came in an 83-80 OT state play-off win over nationally-ranked Sierra Canyon – scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 boards. McCoy was also the MVP of last December’s Tarkanian Classic Select Division – leading his HS squad to 55-43 win over Rock Canyon (CO) in the title game. Brandon was also a Top 30 pick at last July’s Pangos All-American Camp. Arizona, UCLA, USC and plenty of others nation-wide will be in a dog-fight over his future services.
2. Cody Riley 6’7” PF Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth CA)
Big time athlete with a better than advertised jump shot is a Larry Johnson-typePF that averaged 12.5 points and 7.9 boards for a balanced, nationally ranked 26-5 Sierra Canyon squad that reached the CIF-SS Open Division championship game. Riley had an impressive 18 points/15 boards vs. Oak Hill in the title game of the Bass Pro Shops TOC @ Springfield MO. UCLA is the reported leader for Riley, a Top 20 national prospect.
3. Jaylen Hands 6’3” PG Balboa Prep (San Diego CA)
Thin but bouncy point with an excellent 3-point stroke has committed to UCLA. Hands (a Top 25 national prospect) averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists per game this past season and was named all-tourney at last December’s Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas. High-scoring game this year was a 34 outburst vs Orangeville (Canada). Very good student played well at last summer’s NBPA Camp in Charlottesville VA too.
4. Ethan Thompson 6’5” CG Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Smooth and skilled lead guard took big steps forward with respect to his development this season. Thompson averaged 17.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game this year for a nationally-ranked 28-3 Bishop Montgomery squad that lost in the CA State Southern Regional Final to #1 Chino Hills. Ethan also did the best job defensively this season on the West Coast’s top senior (and Top 5 2016 prospect) Lonzo Ball – limiting his shooting efficiency to 8/37 FG (21.6%) in the 2 games that they matched up. Terrific student (4.0 GPA) was a Top 30 choice at last July’s Pangos All-American Camp. Top 30 national prospect is receiving serious interest from Oregon State (brother Stevie Thompson Jr. is a standout freshman for the Beavers this year), Arizona, Cal and Stanford. Father Stevie Thompson Sr. was a HS All-American at Crenshaw (Los Angeles CA) and starred for Syracuse (where he appeared in the 1987 NCAA title game vs. Indiana and Steve Alford).
5. Jalen Hill 6’8” PF Centennial (Corona CA)
Bouncy forward with improving skills was a member of 2015 USA U16 championship team. Hill (who has already committed to UCLA) must continue to get stronger and play more physical to reach his huge upside. Excellent kid and student is IMO a Top 50 national prospect.
6. Jemerl Baker 6’3” WG Roosevelt (Corona CA)
Smooth WG with very dangerous three-point shot has committed to Cal. Baker averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for a 23–9 squad while shooting 44% from the 3-point arc and 83% from the FT line. Good student is a Top 100 national caliber prospect.
7. LiAngelo Ball 6’5” WF Chino Hills (Chino Hills CA)
Strong wing with extremely confident stroke too often gets too little of the credit for Chino Hills magical run this season. Averaged 28 points per game at the City of Palms Classic including 42 points versus High Point Christian (NC) and 32 points against Montverde Academy (FL). Gelo has great, soft hands and knows how to use his strong body to position himself to receive passes and score. Could have a future as a NFL TE. Deserves to be considered for Top 100 national status.
8. Elijzah Scott 6’5” WF Chino Hills (Chino Hills CA)
Jack-of-all-trades wing is very underrated and is highly productive every time he steps foot on court. Top 150-caliber national prospect is active and physical on the defensive end and is relentless on the glass (averaged 9.8 boards per game at the City of Palms Classic). Huge part of Chino Hills success this season!
9. Remy Martin 6’0” PG Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth CA)
Lightning quick playmaker can score in bunches and his recruiting value will increase as his decision-making improves. Martin averaged 14.4 points, 4.5 rebs and 4.2 assists on a balanced SC squad.
10. Jordan Schakel 6’5” WF Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Agile WF with potent 3-point shot also has excellent grades (4.17 GPA).
Next Ten (in alphabetical order):
* Evan Battey 6’7” PF Villa Park (Villa Park CA)
Undersized but very physical post plays hard and is drawing attention from the likes of Arizona State.
* Devante Doutrive 6’5” WF Birmingham (Lake Balboa CA)
Alaskan native made a nice splash in SoCal this season averaging 23.6 points per game this season.
* Kezie Okpala 6’5” WG Esperanza (Yorba Linda CA)
Fast-rising 2017 wing sleeper averaged 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds this season. Terrific student (4.4 GPA).
* Jacob Hughes 6’11” C El Dorado (Placentia CA)
Agile center has nice face-up shooting ability but must improve strength and physicality. Just transferred to El Dorado from Servite (Anaheim CA).
* Myles Johnson 6’8” PF Poly (Long Beach CA)
Big body with improved skill level missed entire season due to injury. Excellent student (4.3 GPA) will get long looks from college coaches this spring and summer.
* Michael Mensah 6’4” CG Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Super-sleeper is a high-scoring lead guard (24.6 points per game) with improved ball-handling and passing skills. Good student too.
* Matt Mitchell 6’6” WF Roosevelt (Corona CA)
Jack-of-all trades forward plays hard on both ends and can finish through contact.
* Sebastian Much 6’7” PF JSerra (San Juan Capistrano CA)
Sturdy forward has the strength to battle inside as well as the shooting skills and range to extend opposing defenses. Good student will be a prime WCC and Big West target.
* Ryse Williams 6’4” SG Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Strong wing with very nice shooting touch that extends to the 3-point arc.
* Zafir Williams 6’5” PF Poly (Long Beach CA)
Undersized but very productive forward is a key cog for a Poly squad headed to Sacramento to compete for CIF-State Division II title next weekend. Zafir averaged 19.3 points and 10.2 boards this season.
Juniors Honorable Mention List
Top 10 Southern California High School Sophomores (2018)
1. Marvin Bagley 6’10” PF Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth CA)
The most complete HS player as far as skill and feel that resides not only in California but also in the entire country! Bagley’s amazing combination of size and skill package for a player that young is something I have not seen in years! Top-notch student did not play in California this year – was ruled ineligible by CIF after transferring to Sierra Canyon from Hillcrest Academy (AZ). Prior to leaving Hillcrest, Bagley had 51 points and 17 rebounds in a game earlier in the season. Played as a freshman at Corona del Sol (Tempe AZ) where he led his team to an Arizona state title – averaging 19.6 points, 10.3 boards, 2.4 blocks and 2.3 assists per game. Younger brother Marcus (now in 8thgrade) is a 6’6” wing that is an outstanding perimeter shooter and great prospect in his own right!
2. David Singleton 6’4” CG Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Tough-hardnosed lead guard proved his worth his sophomore season – averaging 18.9 points per game which included 33 point (10/16 FG; 5/8 3FG) and 22 point efforts versus the nation’s #1 team Chino Hills. Singleton has the strength and athleticism to finish at the rim, shoots a high percentage from both the field and 3-point arc and was a 92% FT shooter this season. Singleton competes on every possession and defends the way you would expect a winner would (HS team was 28-3 this season). Dependable under pressure, Singleton scored 27 points including the game-winning 3 at the buzzer in OT to knock off Damien/La Verne CA in a CIF Open Division play-off game. Co-MVP of last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA). Excellent student (3.9 GPA) is getting interest from Oregon (offer), Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Washington, Arizona State, Colorado, UConn, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Marquette.
3. Miles Norris 6’8” PF Mater Dei (Chula Vista CA)
Long and bouncy forward has great upside but needs to improve strength and production (averaged 14 ppg as a soph) to reach the lofty status some have pegged him with (currently ranked #12 by Rivals.com). Norris has nice range on his jump shot and is quick in transition. Good student (3.0 GPA) has been offered by Arizona, Cal, USC, Washington, Washington State, Auburn and New Mexico and is hearing from UCLA, Duke and North Carolina.
4. Jules Bernard 6’6” WF Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Aggressive wing attacks the basket with confidence and has the balance necessary to pull-up for mid-range jump shots as well. Bernard averaged 23 points and 5.0 boards a game this season and has already been offered by UCLA, Utah, USC, Arizona State and SMU. “A” student was co-MVP of last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA).
5. Spencer Freedman 6’1” PG Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Heady point guard is arguably the best passer and 3-point shooter in this SoCal class of 2018. Led Mater Dei in scoring, assists and 3-pointers and shot 46% from the 3-point arc this year (also won the 3-point shooting competition at last December’s Beach Ball Classic). Freedman was selected co-MVP of the Trinity League, 1stTeam All-CIF Open Division and was a Top 30 pick at last July’s Pangos All-American Camp. Freedman had 17 points (including 5 “threes”) vs. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson VA) in a losing effort at last January’s Hoop Hall Classic @ Springfield MA. Off the charts student (4.45 GPA) has been offered by USC, Rice and UC-Santa Barbara and is getting interest from Stanford, Cal, Utah, Harvard, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, UC-Irvine, St. Mary’s and Loyola Marymount.
6. Taeshon Cherry 6’8” PF St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Active forward plays with a high motor on both ends and his willingness to compete on every possession will be valued by college coaches. Solid student (3.0 GPA) is an excellent rebounder that can finish through contact on his drives to the hoop. Cherry averaged 12.5 points, 8 rebs and 4 assists per game this season for a 24-8 squad. Top 30 selection at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA) has heard from San Diego State, Arizona, UCLA, USC, Kansas, Texas A&M and Nevada.
7. Brandon Williams 6’2” CG Crespi (Encino CA)
Crafty combo is deceptively athletic and has the skills to play either guard spot. Williams averaged 15.7 points, 5.0 boards and 2.9 assists this year for a 32-4 Crespi squad that has reached the CA State Division I title game this Thursday. Top 30 pick at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA) is receiving Pac-12 interest.
8. Riley Battin 6’8” PF Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Burly PF is an excellent scorer and has nifty foot-work on the block. Battin will not wow you with great athleticism but there is no denying that he can score in the paint with the best in his class. 2016 CIF Division 3AA Play of Year is a phenomenal student (4.2 GPA). Top 30 selection at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA).
9. Shareef O’Neal 6’9” PF Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Son of former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has great potential and nice shooting skills but needs to add a motor and work ethic to his game to maximize his immense upside. UCLA, LSU and USC are among the early schools involved.
10. Bryce Hamilton 6’3” CG Pasadena (Pasadena CA)
Slithering lefty scoring guard has a dangerous 1st step and the long-arms necessary to be a harassing defender. Good student (3.4 GPA) has high-major potential.
Next Ten (in alphabetical order):
* Wayne Arnold 6’3” WG Dominguez (Compton CA)
Thin off-guard with smooth perimeter stroke. Top 30 selection at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA).
* Harrison Butler 6’5” WF Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Strong wing finishes in transition. Son of former Kansas/UC-Irvine forward Ricky Butler. Top 30 selection at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA).
* Rip Economou 6’6” SG Santa Monica (Santa Monica CA)
Skilled shooter with length is the son of former UConn player Greg Economou and a terrific student (4.1 GPA).
* Jamal Hartwell 5’11” PG Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Crafty floor-general sets table well for teammates and can knock down jump shots.
* Majur Majak 7’1” C Village Christian (Sun Valley CA)
African import is a promising rim-protector and rebounder.
* Toby Okwuokei 6’0” PG Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga CA)
Speedy point has nice ability to evade defensive pressure and makes sound decisions.
* Wes Slajchert 6’4” CG Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Savvy combo-guard with real scoring ability. Great student (4.0 GPA) was a Top 30 selection at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA).
* Silas Slaughter 5’9” PG Elite Prep Academy (Inglewood CA)
Quick point guard with rock-solid ball-handling skills.
* Fletcher Tynen 6’5” WF Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Sleek swingman has nice ability to slash and score.
* Michael Wang 6’9” PF Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Chinese native has the size and skill to be a factor on the offensive end. Consistency is the key. Top 30 selection at last September’s Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College (CA).
Sophomores Honorable Mention List
Top 10 Southern California High School Freshmen (2019)