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November 30, 2010

Preseason NorCal Basketball Rankings

1.) Sacramento (Sac-Joaquin Section)

The Dragons have the best player in Northern California in five-star senior point guard Josiah Turner, but pick-and-roll partner Robert Garrett is also a dynamic option.

2.) Bishop O'Dowd (North Coast Section)

Junior forwards Brandon Ashley and Richard Longrus are as good as it gets up front. The play of guards Kendall Jackson and Anders Haas could determine how far this team goes.

3.) Berkeley (North Coast Section)

Junior forward Langston Morris-Walker is a star, but he has plenty of help in 6-foot-8 center Ian Carr and senior guards Trey Thompson and Dehvin Davenport.

4.) Oakland (Oakland City Section)

No team has more talent at the guard position than the Wildcats, who have seniors Jabari Brown and Dominique Taplin, but a lack of size might be a problem down the line.

5.) St. Joseph Notre Dame (North Coast Section)

The Pilots have a solid team full of senior talent and leadership. Brendan Keane, Dominic Lippi and Jacari Whitfield are very strong players.

6.) McClymonds (Oakland City Section)

The Warriors' junior class might be one of Northern California's best, as Jamaree Strickland, Corey Haynes, Dulani Robinson and Lawrence Otis give McClymonds plenty of hope for this year and next.

7.) Castro Valley (North Coast Section)

Four-star forward Juan Anderson is Trojans' only real big body, but the Trojans have a full complement of guards to surround their star in seniors Chris Read and Roderick Bobbitt.

8.) Sheldon (Sac-Joaquin Section)

Three-star senior forwards Darius Nelson and Ramon Eaton are the leaders of this team, but underclass guards Kyiron Thomas and D'Erryl Williams II are solid role players.

9.) Archbishop Mitty (Central Coast Section)

The Monarchs could be one of the best teams in California is super sophomore Aaron Gordon takes a big step forward.

10.) Newark Memorial (North Coast Section)

Head coach Craig Ashmore goes back to work to rebuild the Dons following last season's state title game loss to Southern California superpower Westchester. Senior forwards Marcus Booker and Kendall Andrews are good places to start.

11.) Deer Valley (North Coast Section)

Seniors Andre McPhail and Quincy Smith are the leaders of this team, but juniors Noah LaBonte and Olajawoun Gardner can also ball.

12.) Arroyo (North Coast Section)

A huge senior class, led by guards James Davis and Khiari Swift lead the Dons, but there isn't a lot of height on the roster and Arroyo could struggle against bigger teams.

13.) Salesian (North Coast Section)

Four-star sophomore Jabari Bird is a phenomenal talent, but he has plenty of help in 300-pound center Freddie Tagaloa and senior guard Bryce Thompson.

14.) San Ramon Valley (North Coast Section)

A pair of senior stars leads the 2010 Wolves team, as Mark Tollefsen and Jordan Guisti form the core of San Ramon Valley.

15.) El Cerrito (North Coast Section)

Seniors Eric Nelson II and Jabri Jenkins form the heart and soul of this team, but don't sleep on underclass guards David Gurganious and Jonathan Savage.

16.) Sacred Heart Cathedral (Central Coast Section)

The Fightin' Irish can compete in the WCAL with their dynamic duo of guard Josh Fox and forward Taylor Johns.

17.) Rodriguez (Sac-Joaquin Section)

Seniors Bernard Smith and Jose Flores form the core of this team, but a talented quartet of sophomores in Leon William, Justin Idowu, David Shelton and Rae Jackson give this team plenty of hope for the future.

18.) Antioch (North Coast Section)

Head coach John Woolery has two nice pieces in guard Jamaal Davis and forward Namuji Madoshi, and Michael Crawley is a decent piece to the puzzle for the Panthers. It might not be enough to overcome Deer Valley in the Bay Valley League, however.

19.) Dublin (North Coast Section)

Saturday's season-opening win against No. 20 Vallejo was a nice start to the season, and while junior guard Jalan Rodgers can play, the rest of the Gaels might be too inexperienced to last long in the top 20.

20.) Vallejo (Sac-Joaquin Section)

The Apaches get excellent guard play from Tajai Johnson, Larry Wickett and Tajai Johnson, but can Vallejo make up for its glaring lack of size?

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