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SportStars’ FINAL NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings

Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings, Marsalis Roberson, Bishop O'Dowd

Denied A Shot At Both A Regional And State Title, Bishop O’Dowd Still Finishes No. 1 In Our Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings •

2019-20 Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings. Previous rank in parenthesis

1. (2)  Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland   23-7

The Dragons first time at No. 1 this season comes in the final ranking. They were denied a shot at No. 3 Sheldon-Sacramento when the NorCal Open final was cancelled along with the rest of the CIF postseason. Prior to that, O’Dowd defeated sitting No. 1 Mitty in the regional semifinals. The Dragons finished the season 18-0 vs. NorCal opponents. (PICTURED ABOVE: Marsalis Roberson. Berry Evans III photo)

2. (1) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose   24-8

Nigel Burris, Mitty Basketball

Skilled wing Nigel Burris will return for Mitty in 2020-21. (Berry Evans III photo)

In the absence of a head-to-head with Sheldon, we gave the Monarchs the edge based on winning a Central Coast Section Open Div. title in a field that included five teams within the Top 15 of our final rankings.

3. (3)  —  Sheldon-Sacramento   28-5

It was a rollercoaster of a CIF postseason for the two-time defending NorCal Open championships. Nearly forced out of the tournament when its district shutdown over COVID-19 concerns, Sheldon was able to get back in for one more game and earn a 59-58 comeback victory over No. 4 Dublin.

4. (4)  —  Dublin   24-7

Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings, Dublin, Devon Jackson

Devon Jackson was part of a senior class that helped turn the Gaels into an East Bay power. (Berry Evans III photo)

Another stellar year for Tom Costello’s team included eight wins over teams among our final 20. The Gaels came up three points shy of No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd in the North Coast Section Open Div. final, but rebounded to defeat No. 5 Bellarmine in a NorCal Open first round game.


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5. (5)  —  Bellarmine-San Jose   23-5

Bells were probably the best team that got the littlest fanfare this season. They had a 68-56 win over No. 2 Mitty and topped No. 12 Serra twice, including a stunning 65-14 result.

6. (6)  —  Archbishop Riordan-S.F.   23-5

Bryce Monroe, Riordan

Riordan point guard Bryce Monroe will play for Sam Houston State next season. (David Gershon photo)

The Crusaders were the top seed in the CIF Div. I bracket. But after winning their first two CIF Div. I regional contests, they were forced into a virus-related bow out before getting a shot at No. 8 De La Salle.

7. (9)  Campolindo-Moraga   26-6

Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings, Campolindo, Aidan Mahaney

Campolindo still has two more years of Aidan Mahaney, one of the East Bay’s top five players in 2019-20. (Berry Evans III photo)

After winning the Div. I NorCal title, the Cougars have now won their past nine state playoff games after winning the Div. II state title in 2018-19.

8. (9)  De La Salle-Concord   24-8

Chris Bunch, De La Salle

De La Salle’s Chris Bunch is among 12 players who can return to the Spartans next season. (Berry Evans III photo)

The NCS Div. I champs’ season ended with a 54-49 loss to No. 7 Campolindo in the NorCal Div. I final. A 55-52 head-to-head win kept them one slot above Capital Christian-Sacramento.

9. (7) Capital Christian-Sacramento   24-8

Every one of the Cougars’ six NorCal losses came against teams from these final Top 20 rankings, including two to No. 4 Sheldon.

10. (8) Salesian-Richmond   25-7

Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings

Salesian has gone 56-8 over the past two seasons. (David Gershon photo)

There was no 31-0 start for the Pride this year, but the program remained as consistent as ever. Salesian’s season ended with a 60-59 loss to No. 7 Campolindo in the NorCal Div. I semis.

11. (11)  —  Dougherty Valley-San Ramon  22-7

The Wildcats were as high as No. 4 in mid-February before a knee injury to Montana-bound senior Robby Beasley derailed their season.

12. (NR)  Weston Ranch-Stockton  27-5

This group began the year as our Preseason No. 4 and were out the rankings by January. But veteran leadership steadied the ship and led the Cougars to a Div. II NorCal title.

13. (13)  —  Menlo-Atherton-Atherton  23-5

Three of the Bears’ five losses came against No. 2 Mitty (twice) and No. 5 Bellarmine. Their season ended in a CIF Div. I-quarterfinal loss to No. 8 De La Salle.

14. (14)  —  Serra-San Mateo  18-9

Strength of schedule and wins over No. 11 Dougherty Valley and No. 6 Riordan assured the Padres of a Top 15 finish.

15. (12) Grant-Sacramento   25-5

A CIF Div. I first-round win over previously-ranked San Leandro gave the Pacers a second-straight season of at least 26 wins.

16. (NR)  St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo   21-10

The NorCal Div. II runner-up to No. 12 Weston Ranch had three wins over NorCal Div. III champ St. Mary’s-Berkeley and two wins over CCS Open-selection Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton.

17. (17)  —  Vanden-Fairfield   27-7

Before their season ended in a 76-62 CIF loss to No. 6 Riordan, the Vikings put together a resume that included a win over No. 9 Capital Christian.

18. (16)  Granada-Livermore   24-7

Outside of De La Salle and Dougherty Valley, no East Bay Athletic League team was more consistent than the Matadors. Granada finished as NCS Div. I runners-up to DLS.

19. (19)  —  Modesto Christian   20-11

Modesto Christian, Mike Pearson

Michael Pearson closed out a four-year career of leading Modesto Christian. (Berry Evans III photo)

Injuries never really let the Crusaders reach their full potential in 2019-20. They did compile mid-season wins over ranked teams such as Oakland Tech and Gregori-Modesto.

20. (15) Branson-Ross   30-3

The Bulls claimed the last spot over Div. III NorCal champ St. Mary’s-Berkeley thanks to wins over No.12 Weston Ranch and the Piedmont team that defeated St. Mary’s in the NCS Div. IV final.


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