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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
ESPNLA top 20 boys' basketball rankings

By Sean Ceglinsky

The boys' basketball season has been fast-paced throughout the Southland to this point and it doesn’t appear as if things will be slowing down any time soon.

That said, let’s get down to business and check out who’s who and find out how some of Southern California’s premier programs stack up against one another in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20.

1. Long Beach Poly (15-0): Jackrabbits are cream of the crop and rise to the top.

2. Etiwanda (16-0): Does not appear as if anyone can stop Byron Wesley & Co.

3. Mater Dei (16-2): Two Trinity League games on deck this week for the Monarchs.

4. Centennial (13-3): Pick your poison, Michael Caffey or Dominique Dunning.

5. Taft (13-2): Coming off a big victory at HoopHall Classic in Massachusetts.

6. Orange Lutheran (14-4): Tandem of James Douglas and Gabe York is tough.

7. Westchester (14-5): No superstars, but the Comets are still getting the job done.

8. Canyon (16-2): There’s no shame in losing twice to Mater Dei. Enough said.

9. Harvard-Westlake (16-2): Wolverines on a mission in Mission League play.

10. Mission Viejo (19-0): South Coast clash Wednesday against Capistrano Valley.

11. Edison (18-1): Pair of Sunset League games this week. Chargers must charge.

12. Peninsula (17-1): Consecutive Bay League wins will create some separation.

13. Crespi (14-5): Go-to-guy is Matt Mournier. But he has more than enough help.

14. Loyola (11-5): Only a freshman, Parker Cartwright sure doesn’t play young.

15. Thousand Oaks (17-2): On top of the maddening Marmonte League standings.

16. La Verne Lutheran (7-3): This small school is on the verge of some big things.

17. Windward (12-5): Wildcats have a double-double machine in Wesley Saunders.

18. Price (11-5): Loaded with talent, most notably Norvel Pelle and Askia Booker.

19. Fairfax (10-5): At some point, Landon Drew figures to emerge as a leader.

20. Murrieta Valley (15-2): Took a step back with a setback to Orange Lutheran.

NOTE: The ESPNLA top 20 is independent of the regional rankings, which are compiled by the bloggers who cover each of those regions.