Los Angeles Preps: Jordan Daniels

State basketball: Five things from the CIF playoffs

March, 27, 2011
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  1. The best basketball player in California is a girl. If there was any doubt Mater Dei’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was the most talented basketball player in the state, she put it to rest in the championship game against Berkeley. After going scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game, she went on a scoring binge in the final minute of the first quarter and the entire second quarter. She scored 15 of her team’s 24 points in the first half. She helped her team erase a 12-point deficit and take a four-point lead into halftime. She ended up with a game-high 33 points. After the game, she said she wasn’t 100 percent healthwise. She hurt her quad in practice two days before the championship game. After hitting her first shot in the first quarter, she had a noticeable limp the rest of the game. Even when she was hobbled and playing on at best one-and-a-half legs, she was the best player on the court. The University of Connecticut will be in good hands for the next four years, as if it needed any more help to continue to be the best college basketball team in the country.
  2. Wesley Saunders and Kenyatta Smith are going to make Harvard a force in basketball. Saunders from Windward and Smith from Flintridge Prep decided on the Ivy League for their college basketball careers. They probably could have played anywhere they wanted in the country. Saunders was highly recruited and guided Windward to the Division IV state championship. The 6-foot-6 forward scored 15 points and had nine rebounds in the state title game against Salesian. Smith’s size, at 6-8, made him an attractive recruit. He towered over his opponents through the Southern Section and state playoffs. Harvard hasn’t been to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament since 1946 and came within a last-second, desperation jumper from Princeton to going this year. Saunders and Smith might be the California connection to help end that drought.

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Inland Empire: Winners and losers from Thursday's SoCal Regionals

March, 11, 2011
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Looking back, even the losses don’t seem so bad anymore.

The Fontana Summit boys’ basketball team never quite received the respect it deserved this season, mainly due to its lukewarm 10-6 start to the season.

The SkyHawks were seeded No. 6 in the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs and marched into the semifinals. They were awarded an at-large berth into the Southern California Regional Division 2 playoffs and were seeded 10th.

After winning its opener in overtime, Summit scored its biggest upset of the season Thursday night, traveling to second-seeded Ventura and dominating from start to finish in the 66-45 victory. Ventura won the Division 2AA title last weekend.

Summit will meet Palos Verdes Peninsula in Saturday’s semifinals. Thanks to a couple of other upsets on the same side of the bracket, the SkyHawks are seeded higher than the Panthers, giving them home-court advantage. After traveling to Harbor City for their first-round game Tuesday, then to Ventura less than 48 hours later, the SkyHawks should appreciate the opportunity to play in their own gym.

Summit hasn’t lost at home this season. All of their defeats occurred during pre-league tournaments and showcases. Two defeats came against Etiwanda, a Southern Section Division 1AA semifinalist, another to Division 1AA finalist Corona Centennial and one to San Diego Section Division I champion Carlsbad La Costa Canyon.

Eagles can’t get past Jackrabbits...again

Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner will spend another offseason seeing everything in green and gold, but it won’t be the good kind.

Those are the school colors of Long Beach Poly, which ended the Eagles' season for the second consecutive year with a 66-63 victory Thursday night in a Division 1 regional quarterfinal at Long Beach City College.

During the last two postseasons, Etiwanda has played the Jackrabbits four times and lost three. The Eagles made a valiant comeback from 14 points down at the start of the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie on Jordan Daniels' last-second 3-point attempt.

Byron Wesley scored 18 points in his last game for Etiwanda before heading off to USC. Tyler LaCour pitched in 17.

Long Beach Poly moves on to play Mater Dei on Saturday at Long Beach City College beginning at 7 p.m. In the other Division 1 semifinal, second-seeded Corona Centennial will host third-seeded Woodland Hills Taft at 5 p.m. at Eastvale Roosevelt High.

For the Eagles, it’s back to the drawing board. They graduate their top five scorers in Wesley, Daniels, LaCour, Troy Fiawoo and Evan Jenkins. Look for them to rebuild around their next star, freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin.

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LONG BEACH -- Alexis Moore called it a preview of next season.

Long Beach Poly minus him.

It was just a sneak peek, though, as the top-seeded Jackrabbits survived without their senior leader, fending off a furious charge to beat Etiwanda, 66-63, before a packed gym at Long Beach City College. Poly advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern California Regional state playoffs and will play host to fourth-seeded Mater Dei on Saturday night.

Ninth-seeded Etiwanda used an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to climb back from a 14-point deficit. The Eagles trailed by five with just under two minutes remaining.

Then things got a bit fuzzy.

Moore nailed a clutch 3-pointer to put Poly up eight and celebrated emphatically as he backpedaled to the other end.

"I didn't say anything to the other players," Moore said. "I didn't say anything to the fans. It was just one of those in-the-moment things."

He raised his arms twice and looked over to Poly's supporters, but then a whistle blew.

"He tried to get the crowd involved," Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer explained. "I always thought taunting was player-to-player. He was excited, he had just made a big shot."

Play was stopped and Moore was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct technical. It was his fifth personal foul, so he had to watch the final minutes from the bench.

After a few moments of chaos, the USC-bound Moore grabbed his replacement, junior guard Chris Croom, and revved him up.

"I told him this was a preview for his senior year," Moore said. "Next year they're going to be looking on him to fill my role."

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Alexis Moore had a feeling this would happen, so he didn't boast when Long Beach Poly eliminated Etiwanda from the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA boys' basketball playoffs last week.

It's a good thing he didn't say much -- top-seeded Poly (30-1) and Etiwanda (29-3) meet again Thursday at Long Beach City College, with a spot in the third round of the CIF State Division 1 playoffs up for grabs. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

There's a complicated dynamic to this rivalry.

Moore will play alongside Etiwanda star Byron Wesley at USC next season. Poly's top prospect, forward Ryan Anderson, will team up with Etiwanda's point guard, Jordan Daniels, at Boston College.

The future teammates figure to put their friendships on hold for one night.

If Poly beats Etiwanda for the second time in two weeks, Moore and Anderson will be doing the talking on their campuses this fall. If No. 9-seeded Etiwanda pulls off the upset, Wesley and Daniels will have the last laugh.

Five things to watch:

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Orange County: Anderson is heading to San Diego

March, 3, 2011
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Those who follow boys' basketball somewhat closely in the Southland have seen their share of quality point guard play over the course of this season.

Chris Anderson, for example, was one of the premier playmakers around and he proved as much time and time again for Anaheim Canyon. That said, it should not come as a major surprise to learn the 5-foot-7 senior recently gave San Diego a verbal commitment.

“San Diego is a great school, it's close to home, I just felt like it was a perfect fit for me,'' Anderson said. “I think I'm going to have the opportunity to excel there.''

Whether that happens, or not, remains to be seen.

He did, however, excel this season. That much is certain.

Anderson averaged 20.8 points, 7.6 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game for the Comanches (26-4 overall), who had their season end a bit prematurely with a seven-point loss to Fontana Summit in a Southern Section Division 2AA playoff quarterfinal a couple of short weeks ago.

Nevertheless, Anderson & Co. were ranked among ESPNLosAngeles.com's top 20 teams for a majority of the season and they were ranked in the top 10 at one point.

Division I coaches and scouts kept a watchful eye on Anderson during that span. UC Irvine and Pennsylvania offered scholarships and Pac-10 Conference schools such as Oregon State and Stanford were among the others who expressed varied levels of interest in Anderson, brother of UCLA's Jerime Anderson.

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ANAHEIM -- Perhaps there's a pebble out there that can bring down Long Beach Poly. Etiwanda just couldn't find it Tuesday night.

Top-seeded Long Beach Poly wasn't perfect but did enough in a 60-53 win over fourth-seeded Etiwanda to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA boys basketball championship game. The Jackrabbits (28-1) will face third-seeded Corona Centennial in the final Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Huskies came back from a 15-point hole to knock off second-seeded Mater Dei in the other semifinal at Anaheim Arena.

"At Poly, whatever sport you play, you always have that target," said senior Alexis Moore, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. "With the No. 1 seed, we knew there was going to be a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure put upon us. We just tried to tune that out and play our game."

Super sophomore Roschon Prince, who had a game-high 19 points, gave Poly a four-point lead with a lay in inside with a minute remaining. He stole the ball on Etiwanda's next possession and took it the other way for the clincher, allowing the Poly contingent the chance to exhale.

But Prince's best contribution was his defense on Etiwanda's Byron Wesley. Wesley finished with 18 points, but only four came in the fourth quarter.

"I could tell Byron was getting frustrated," said Moore, who will team up with Wesley at USC in the fall. "In the first half he got pretty much anything he wanted. Byron is capable of breaking you down, whether it's at the top of the key or in the post. I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with him next year, but Roschon did a better job of staying on his toes and moving his feet."

There was another interesting dynamic that should draw plenty of conversation on the Boston College campus next fall. Etiwanda's Jordan Daniels (12 points) and Poly's Ryan Anderson (11 points) will be teammates.

The game included 10 ties and four lead changes. Poly didn't reach its biggest lead until the final made free throw. In the end, it was defense and transition efficiency that proved to be the solution.

Moore joked that he would not talk too much trash because Poly might face Baseline League champion Etiwanda (28-3), which got to Anaheim with ease by beating up on Long Beach Wilson, Chino Hills and Valencia, in the state tournament.


VALENCIA – The Etiwanda boys basketball team jumped out to a 10-0 head start that proved to be too much for Valencia to overcome in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs at Valencia High School on Tuesday night.

Etiwanda’s Byron Wesley scored 27 points to lead his team to a 70-58 win over Valencia.

Wesley and Jordan Daniels combined to score 10 points, five apiece, in the first quarter. Etiwanda led 16-11 after the first quarter after holding Valencia scoreless for the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game.

Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 4:40 to play in the first quarter to give Etiwanda a 10-0 lead.

Valencia cut the lead to five points by the end of the first quarter. The Vikings closed within three points midway through the second quarter.

But Etiwanda pushed its lead back to 10 points, 28-18, on a 3-pointer by Troy Fiawoo with 3:30 to play before halftime. Etiwanda maintained its 10-point lead, 30-20, at halftime.

Valencia rallied again in the third quarter and cut the lead to four points, 36-32, with a little more than five minutes to play.

Etiwanda (28-2) took an eight-point lead, 47-39, into the fourth quarter. Valencia cut Etiwanda’s lead to five points, 51-46, with 5:41 to play in the game, but that was as close and Valencia would get.

Daniels finished with 12 points and eight assists. He only committed one turnover, and that came late in the fourth quarter. Fiawoo scored nine points and had 10 rebounds.

Lonnie Jackson led Valencia (21-8) with 21 points. Martin Flowers had 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Zach Davis scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.

Byron Wesley makes his mark at Etiwanda

February, 19, 2011
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA – With mere seconds remaining on the fourth-quarter clock, Byron Wesley takes the obligatory peek at the scoreboard and fully understands how much is at stake and what needs to be done in a matter of moments.

His Etiwanda High boys' basketball team trails by a point, and accordingly, the ball is in hands. The pressure is on, no doubt.

Nevertheless, Wesley is calm, cool, collected.

The senior makes his initial move, a one-bounce dribble to the right at the top of the key. A subtle head and shoulders fake follows and freezes his opponent.

Suddenly, Wesley is just inside the free-throw line. An open look appears to present itself, but the rest of the defense is quickly collapsing around him.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, 5, 4, 3, 2...

With ice seemingly in his veins, he elevates and releases a short jumper that slowly floats toward the rim and catches nothing but net as the buzzer sounds.

The shot is a game-winner, of course, and serves as another indication of how talented Wesley has been over the course of his decorated prep career thus far.

“I definitely want the ball in my hands when the game is on the line,'' said Wesley, a USC commit who ESPNU ranks as the Southland's No. 3 prospect.

“I feel like I can get to the basket, and if they double or anything, I'm a good enough passer to get the ball to my teammates. I don't think it's cocky at all. I think it's a certain confidence. You practice these shots all day in the gym when you're working out. If you feel good enough about it, you should want the ball in your hands. That's how I feel anyway.''

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Inland Empire: Daniels makes college decision

February, 19, 2011
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It's official, Jordan Daniels is off the board.

The 5-foot-8 senior for the Etiwanda High boys' basketball team made his decision about where he is going to spend the next four years of his life on Friday and committed to Boston College despite having scholarship offers from several other schools.

“Boston College was the right fit for me, I liked the coaches and how they treated me during the whole recruiting process, I got a good vibe from them,'' Daniels said. “I'm in a good place right now and am ready to continue my basketball career back East.''

The Eagles coaching staff has had some recent success in landing players from the Southland. Once Daniels arrives on campus at Chestnut Hill, he will join Long Beach Poly's Ryan Anderson, Brea Olinda's Kyle Caudill and Valencia's Lonnie Jackson.

The point guard is one of the Southland's premier players at his position and ranks right up there with Division I-bound peers such as Woodland Hills Taft's Spencer Dinwiddie, Los Angeles Price's Askia Booker and Corona Centennial's Michael Caffey.

With Daniels now seemingly set in terms his future at the next level, college coaches and scouts figure to turn their attention toward Bellflower St. John Bosco's Cezar Guerrero and Anaheim Canyon's Chris Anderson, a pair of unsigned floor generals.

“I can't speak too much about the other point guards, but I have no problems singing Jordan's praises,'' Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner said. “He's a young man with a ton of talent and a ton of character. I've been doing this for 20 years and I can tell that he has what it takes to succeed and make it at the next level. We have not seen the best from Jordan Daniels yet.''

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

ESPNLA top 20 boys' basketball rankings

January, 25, 2011
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There are no significant changes at the top of the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20 boys' basketball rankings this week. A shakeup toward the bottom half of the top 10, however, was in order after one team was dealt a surprising setback.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that a pair of programs are making their first appearance in the rankings following the exits of Murrieta Valley and Los Angeles Fairfax, a pair of schools that could be back in the mix sooner rather than later.

Some other teams to keep a close eye on are Aliso Niguel, Compton and La Verne Damien, along with Pasadena, Ventura and Los Angeles Washington. A couple of quality victories over the next couple of days figure to go a long way.

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (18-0): Winning Moore League games by an average of 42 points. Are you kidding me? Running the table appears to be entirely possible.

2. (2) Etiwanda (20-0): Jordan Daniels doesn't receive enough credit. All of that, however, could end up changing if the senior point guard keeps the Eagles flying high.

3. (3) Mater Dei (18-2): There are no easy games in the tough Trinity League. St. John Bosco looms on Wednesday followed by a showdown with Orange Lutheran on Friday.

4. (4) Centennial (16-3): Big VIII League games against Riverside King on Tuesday evening and Riverside Poly on Thursday night figure to offer little, or no, resistance.

5. (5) Taft (15-2): Kevin Johnson has been focused on the task at hand recently. And make no mistake, when the senior is motivated, the Toreadors are seemingly unstoppable.

6. (7) Westchester (18-5): With a showdown against rival Fairfax on Thursday, perhaps the Comets are primed for an upset loss Wednesday against Hamilton. Perhaps not.

7. (8) Canyon (19-2): Chris Anderson might be a tad bit undersized. He is, after all, 5-foot-7. Thing is, no one plays a bigger role tor the Comanches than the senior point guard.

8. (9) Harvard-Westlake (17-2): Damiene Cain and Zena Edosomwan are a potent one-two punch down in the post and they work the high-low game to near perfection.

9. (10) Mission Viejo (22-0): At 6-10, Issac Neilson is proving to be a force on both ends of the floor. Aliso Niguel will attempt to stop the BYU-bound senior on Friday night.

10. (6) Orange Lutheran (16-5): Suffered a setback with loss to Cezar Guerrero and St. John Bosco. Now, it is time to see how the Lancers respond to some adversity.

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Inland Empire: Games of the Week

January, 7, 2011
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Rancho Cucamonga (9-7, 0-0) at Etiwanda (14-0, 0-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m. – Let’s face it. Rancho Cucamonga doesn’t stand a chance. But it’s a good opportunity for the neighborhood to come out and see Etiwanda in its Baseline League opener. The Eagles haven’t played in their own gym since Dec. 9, winning two tournaments in the meantime. USC-bound guard Byron Wesley is averaging 18.3 points, Jordan Daniels is averaging 12.5 and Tyler LaCour is at 11.2.

Palm Springs (12-1, 2-0) at Palm Desert (9-5, 2-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m. – Palm Springs has edged out Palm Desert for the last two league titles and the Indians appear to have a better team again this season. Quintin Taylor, a 6-2 sophomore guard, is averaging a team-high 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds for Palm Springs, and 6-9 senior center Dillon Floyd averages 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Riverside Arlington (10-5, 2-1) at Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (11-3, 2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Arlington is led by senior point guard Mason Biddle, who just so happens to be a top tennis player as well. He led the Lions to a Southern Section Division V title while playing doubles last season. Rancho Verde has a significant edge in this Inland Valley League game, however. The Mustangs lost in the fifth-place game last week at the Westlake Village Oaks Christian tournament.

Ridgecrest Burroughs (9-7, 2-1) at Victorville Victor Valley (13-2, 2-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m.Zeke DeBlase is the motor that keeps Victor Valley humming. The 5-11 senior point guard scored 33 points Wednesday in a 64-43 victory at Apple Valley Granite Hills. Burroughs is much improved after finishing 1-11 in league play last season.

Chino Hills (12-3) at La Puente Bishop Amat (12-4), Friday, 7 p.m. – Chino Hills celebrated the holidays by winning the Covina Christmas Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. They couldn’t repeat that effort in an eight-point loss Tuesday to small-school power, Los Angeles Price, but get one more tough test before opening Sierra League play Wednesday against Claremont.

Looking ahead:

Redlands at Redlands East Valley, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – Citrus League opener for the top two teams.

Eastvale Roosevelt at Riverside North, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – Playoff positioning already underway in the Big VIII League.

LA North and LA South: Windward 79, Campbell Hall 67

January, 4, 2011
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NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- Austin McBroom might not be the most well-known point guard in the Southland. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the 5-foot-11 senior for the Campbell Hall High boys’ basketball team is an afterthought when talk takes place about the top floor generals around.

On Tuesday night, McBroom showed glimpses of his potential and finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Ultimately, foul trouble limited his effectiveness, and as a result, the individual effort came up a tad bit short in a 79-67 loss to visiting Los Angeles Windward in an Alpha League opener for both schools.

McBroom & Co. jumped out to a 19-12 lead toward the end of the first quarter. But behind Wesley Saunders, the Wildcats (9-5) answered. The Harvard-bound senior scored 10 of his 15 first half points in the second quarter as Windward tied the score at 25-25 before the break and took a nine-point advantage at intermission.

Try as he might, McBroom attempted to keep the Vikings (11-5) somewhat close in the second half and they cut the deficit to 10 points early in the fourth quarter.

Saunders was too tough when it mattered most. He ended up with 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wildcats keep their distance down the stretch.

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Inland Empire: Five things from the holiday break

January, 3, 2011
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1. Etiwanda is off to a 14-0 start after winning the Westlake Village Oaks Christian tournament last week. The Eagles still have a ways to go to match the 23 straight they won to start the 2007-08 season. USC-bound guard Byron Wesley is playing to expectations, averaging 18.3 points. Jordan Daniels is at 12.5 and Tyler LaCour is at 11.2. The Eagles open Baseline League play Friday against visiting Rancho Cucamonga.

2. Corona Centennial certainly joined the upper-echelon of Southland boys' basketball teams with its performance last week at the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines High School. Playing in the prestigious National Division, the Huskies won three of four games, including a 61-58 victory against Woodland Hills Taft, ranked No. 2 in the state by ESPN RISE heading into the tournament. They followed that up with a 59-51 victory against another City Section power, Westchester, in the fifth-place game.

3. Justin Gudger of Murrieta Valley was expected to be one of the top players in the Inland Empire this season, but he was better than advertised at the Holiday Classic. Playing in the Senator’s Division, the 6-foot-4 senior forward averaged 23.5 points over four games. He was especially hot over the last two, scoring 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting in a 67-62 loss to San Diego St. Augustine, then putting up 28 on 12-for-14 shooting in a 66-55 victory against North Hollywood Campbell Hall.

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Inland Empire: Etiwanda to face Loyola in tournament final

December, 30, 2010
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The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team will try for its 14th consecutive victory to start the season Thursday night when it plays Los Angeles Loyola in the championship game of the Westlake Village Oaks Christian tournament.

The Eagles knocked off Sacramento, 68-54, in a semifinal Wednesday night. USC-bound forward Byron Wesley scored 17 points and Brandon Townes (11), Jordan Daniels (11) and Troy Fiawoo(10) also scored in double figures for Etiwanda.

Loyola is led by 6-5 junior small forward Julian Harrell and 6-5 senior wing Joe Stein.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Over at the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines High, Corona Centennial will play in Thursday’s fifth-place game in the featured National Division after upsetting Woodland Hills Taft, 61-58, on Wednesday. Taft began the tournament ranked second in the state and 21st in the nation by ESPN RISE.

Centennial will take on another City Section power, Westchester, at 3:30 p.m.

In the Senator’s Division, Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos reached the championship game with a 68-59 victory Wednesday against Lakewood Mayfair. The Grizzlies will meet El Cerrito in Thursday’s final at 8:15 p.m. at San Diego Cathedral Catholic High.

Inland Empire: Boys basketball preview

December, 3, 2010
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Top 10

1. Etiwanda – The Eagles return five of their top seven players from a team that lost by three points to Mater Dei in the Southern Section Division 1AA final. Byron Wesley, a 6-foot-5 small forward who has signed with USC, is one of the top players in the state. Running the point will be Jordan Daniels, undersized at 5-8 but a lightning-quick ball handler who is drawing interest from mid-major colleges.

2. Corona Centennial – The Huskies finished 25-5 last season, losing by six points to Etiwanda in a section quarterfinal. Dominique Dunning, a 6-4 wing who has signed with New Mexico, was the Big VIII League most valuable player last season and a first-team Division. I-AA selection. He’ll have plenty of support with the return of second-team senior guards Michael Caffey and Gelaun Wheelwright.

3. Murrieta Valley – The Nighthawks return their top three players from last season’s team that won the Division 2AA title. Justin Gudger, a 6-4 senior forward, averaged a team-high 17 points and six rebounds and was named the Division 2AA player of the year. Austin Quick, a 6-3 senior guard, averaged 14.1 points before missing the postseason with a knee injury, and 6-1 senior guard Mark Tarabilda averaged 8.1.

4. Redlands East Valley – The Wildcats return their top three scorers, leading rebounder and top two assist leaders from a team that finished 17-11 last season. Paulin Mpawe, a 6-9 senior center who signed with Pepperdine, averaged 9.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks while earning first-team all-Citrus Belt League honors. Another first-teamer, 5-11 senior guard Terrell Todd, averaged a team-high 16.7 points, and 5-7 senior guard Greg Dishman averaged 10.1 points and 3.9 assists.

5. UplandJohn Gilliam, a 6-2 senior guard, returns after leading the 21-9 Highlanders to the Division 1AA quarterfinals. He averaged a team-high 21.2 points last season, and was named the Baseline League co-most valuable player and a Division 1AA first-team selection. Myles Pearson, a 5-11 junior guard also returns. He averaged 9.7 points last season and a team-high 2.7 assists.

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