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Published by Devin Ugland
Senior Writer, Open Gym Premier & Grassroots 365

Team Rankings

Rank Previous Record ('16-17) League ('16-17) School (Coach)
1 - 33-3 10-0 Trinity Mater Dei Mater Dei (Gary McKnight)

Outlook:

Mater Dei went wire-to-wire as Orange County's top ranked team last season and this year should be no different, even in the light of recent news regarding the transfers of 7-foot-2 center Bol Bol and recently added P.J. Fuller. The Monarchs return four starters in Harvard-bound point guard Spencer Freedman, Southern Utah commit Harrison Butler, Penn-pledge Mike Wang and athletic wing Reagan Lundeen. Mater Dei added the brother guard duo of senior B.J. and freshman Devin Askew, along with two of the more talented young big men in SoCal, freshmen Wilhelm Breidenbach and Harrison Hornery.

2016-17 Playoff Result

Lost to Bishop Montgomery, 70-55, in CIF-SS Open Division championship. Lost to Bishop Montgomery, 60-53, in CIF State Open Division Southern Regional Final.

Key Returning Players

SF Harrison Butler (6-4, 205, Sr.); Clay Donohue (6-5, 190, Jr.); PG Spencer Freedman (6-0, 160, Sr.); F Reagan Lundeen (6-5, 210, Sr.); G Aidan Prukop (6-4, 155, So.); F Michael Wang (6-9, 215, Sr.)

2 - 21-9 7-3 Trinity Santa Margarita Santa Margarita (Jeff Reinart)

Outlook:

The preseason loss of Pearson Parker to a hip injury hurts this Santa Margarita team in a big way, but not enough to knock it off the No. 2 spot. Senior Brenden Cormie could inherit the starting point guard duties, but look for the Eagles to deploy a platoon system at the position. Jake Kyman and Jordan Guest provide Santa Margarita with experience and leadership, while sophomore Ryan Evans provides a much needed outside shooting presence. The real key for Santa Margarita is how impactful Max Agbonkpolo will be. The 6-foot-6 wing has all the upside in the world, but needs to turn that corner from upside to production for the Eagles to compete with Mater Dei.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Bishop Montgomery, 57-54, in CIF-SS Open Division quarterfinals; Lost to Vista, 97-94, in CIF State Division I first round.

Key Returning Players

F Max Agbonkpolo (6-6, 175, Jr.); G Brenden Cormie (6-3, 175, Sr.); PF Jordan Guest (6-8, 225, Sr.); SG Ryan Evans (6-2, 185, So.); SF Jake Kyman (6-7, 180, Jr.)

3 - 25-7 8-0 Sea View Capistrano Valley Capistrano Valley (Brian Mulligan)

Outlook:

The run for Capo’s “Big Four” of Baker, Beeman, Draper and Lipovic is down to its final season and what a journey it has been. The Cougars are the reigning CIF-SS Division 2A champions and return four starters from that team. Baker is not only one of the premier scorers in all of Orange County, but he’s also one of the best all around players in the area, evidenced by his 21.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game averages. In order for Capo to realize similar success as it had last season, big contributions from Beeman, Draper and Lipovic will be of the utmost importance.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Won CIF-SS Division 2A championship, 41-31, over Oxnard. Lost in CIF State Division III first round to Orange Glen of Escondido.

Key Returning Players

SG Dawson Baker (6-3, 180, Sr.); F Grayson Beeman (6-5, 180, Sr.); G Nick Draper (6-1, 165, Sr.); G Nic Lipovic (6-2, 175, Sr.); G Daniel Ramsey (6-1, 170, Sr.)

4 - 18-12 5-5 Trinity J Serra J Serra (Zach Brogdon)

Outlook:

Coach Brogdon lost a huge piece in forward Sebastian Much, now at Princeton, who averaged a team-high 20.2 points per game last season, but returns his next five leading scorers, including athletic and active 6-11 center Joel Mensah. Robinson and White battled injuries last season, but are potent scorers when fully healthy. JSerra benefitted from one of the biggest moves on the waiver wire this fall, landing Corona del Mar transfer D.J. Rodman. Rodman, a 6-foot-4 wing, averaged better than 20 points a game last season.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Chino Hills, 105-74, in CIF-SS Open Division first round; Lost to Taft of Woodland Hills, 63-49, in CIF State Division I first round.

Key Returning Players

G Jordan Alvarado (6-3, 175, Sr.); C Joel Mensah (6-10, 200, Sr.); F Abdul-malik McClain (6-4, 230, Sr.); G Munir McClain (6-4, 200, Jr.); G J.T. Robinson (6-3, 165, Sr.); G Kevin White (6-4, 205, Jr.)

5 - 11-17 2-8 Trinity Orange Lutheran Orange Lutheran (Chris Nordstrom)

Outlook:

We’re getting close to the time where we can call the young group of Lancers veterans. Anderson, Griffin, Jervis, Montrose, Pope and Potter all have a full year of varsity experience under their belts and will be prepared for everything thrown their way this season. Coach Nordstrom does not shy away from a difficult schedule, however, so don’t be shocked if the Lancers go through some growing pains early in the year. The key for this team will be the health of talented shooting guard Josh Griffin, who missed much of last season with a wrist injury.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Missed playoffs

Key Returning Players

G Trey Anderson (5-10, 140, Jr.); G Josh Griffin (6-1, 165, Jr.); G Cooper Jervis (6-2, 190, Jr.); F Jordan Montrose (6-6, 205, So.) G Isaiah Pope (6-3, 175, Jr.); F Cade Potter (6-7, 210, Jr.)

6 - 16-12 4-2 Crestview Canyon Canyon (Nate Harrison)

Outlook:

The Comaches have a ton of varsity experience returning from last season, led by Lucas Holden, A.J. Perry and Jordan Williams. The key factor for Canyon could be the progression of sophomore guard Justin Williams, who had many standout performances across the camp and fall league scene over the last few months. If there’s one thing you can always say about the Comanches, it’s that they are always well-coached and disciplined which goes a long way at the high school level.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Riverside King, 82-74, in CIF-SS Division 1A first round.

Key Returning Players

F Lucas Holden (6-6, 175, Sr.): G Justin Liles (6-1, 170, Sr.); G A.J. Perry (5-8, 155, Jr.); G/F Jordan Williams (6-1, 185, Sr.); G Justin Williams (6-0, 160, So.); G Matt Williams (6-2, 150, Sr.)

7 - 23-5 9-1 Sunset League Edison Edison (Rich Boyce)

Outlook:

The Chargers lost its three top scorers from last season in Randall Walker, Nate Matthews and Matt Serven, but coach Rich Boyce always seems to have a “next man up” mentality within his program. Josh Phillips is one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in Orange County and David Atencio brings a heady point guard presence and football toughness to the point guard spot. Spencer Serven’s contributions, along with the depth of the bench, will be the deciding factors if Edison is to remain a top 10 team.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Tahquitz, 78-64, in CIF Division 1AA second round

Key Returning Players

G David Atencio (6-2, 175, Sr.); G McCade Barrett (5-9, 165, Sr.); F Josh Phillips (6-8, 190, Sr.); G/F Spencer Serven (6-2, 175, Sr.)

8 - 27-7 6-0 North Hills League Villa Park Villa Park (Kevin Reynolds)

Outlook:

Julien Franklin is one of the best all-around players in Orange County, and for this version of the Villa Park Spartans to remain among the county’s best teams, he’s going to have to be very, very good. Franklin has some help, especially on the defensive end, with the returns of Isaiah Williams and Matthew Lanzone for their senior seasons. There’s also some assistance gained by way of transfer. Villa Park added 6-foot-7 forward Maxx Hazely (El Toro), 6-foot-3 wing Maceo Reddick (Brea Olinda) and 5-foot-10 point guard Calin Whitney (Pacifica Christian) to provide reinforcements offensively.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Colony, 74-70, in CIF-SS Division 2AA championship game; Lost to Mission of San Francisco in overtime, 82-75, in CIF State Division III championship game.

Key Returning Players

G/F Julien Franklin (6-6, 180, Jr.); F Matthew Lanzone (6-3, 220, Sr.); G Isaiah Williams (6-1, 180, Sr.)

9 - 22-7 9-1 Sunset Los Alamitos Los Alamitos (Eddie Courtemarche)

Outlook:

The Griffins return plenty of players who earned solid varsity minutes last season, but senior Jacob Eyman needs to be the guy who makes them go. Eyman is one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in Southern California and will be the Griffins go-to guy offensively, as well. Trinidad and Ruiz provide a solid backcourt duo, while Henriksen is a knockdown 3-point shooter. Sophomore guard Kevin Kent earned a varsity spot this season and has a lot of potential to contribute right away.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Etiwanda, 69-54, in CIF-SS Division 1AA second round.

Key Returning Players

F/C Jacob Eyman, 6-9, 215, Sr.); G William Henriksen (6-2, 170, Sr.); G Edwin La Crosse (6-2, 190, Jr.); G Zach Ruiz (6-1, 170, Sr.); G Duke Trinidad (5-8, 150, Sr.)

10 - 17-11 2-6 South Coast League Tesoro Tesoro (Steve Garrett)

Outlook:

Coach Garrett has one of the biggest front-line’s in all of Orange County with Honetschlager (6-8), along with talented sophomore big man Hugo Clarkin, who stands at 6-feet-10. Add in a solid mix of returning varsity lettermen in the Broughton brothers, Willy Duggan and Noah Honetschlager, and you have the recipe for a very good OC team. Another player to watch for Tesoro will be coach’s son Kaden Garrett, who has a ton of natural ability and good shooting touch.

2016-17 Playoff Results

Lost to Riverside King, 60-52, in CIF-SS Division 1A second round.

Key Returning Players

G/F Tristan Broughton (6-2, 185, Jr.); G/F Tyler Broughton (6-2, 185, Jr.); G Willie Duggan (6-1, 170, Sr.); F/C Noah Honetschlager (6-8, 190, Jr.); G Matt Jones (5-9, 160, Jr.); Ryan Perkovich (6-3, 180, Sr.)


Rank Previous School (Coach)
11 Saddleback Valley Christian Saddleback Valley Christian (Tom Lewis)
12 Crean Lutheran Crean Lutheran (Josh Beaty)
13 Buena Park Buena Park (Aaron Riekenberg)
14 Ocean View Ocean View (Tim Walsh and Roger Holmes)
15 Corona Del Mar Corona Del Mar (Ryan Schachter)
16 Trabuco Hills Trabuco Hills (Sean Sullens)
17 Aliso Niguel Aliso Niguel (Keith Barnett)
18 Cypress Cypress (Derek Mitchell)
Rank Previous School (Coach)
19 Mission Viejo Mission Viejo (Chris Zeller)
20 Foothill Foothill (Zach Johnson)
21 San Clemente San Clemente (Mark Popovich)
22 Beckman Beckman (John Goins)
23 El Toro El Toro (Nick Sainato)
24 Northwood Northwood (Tim O'Brien)
25 Sunny Hills Sunny Hills (Joe Ok)

Top Players

Player School Comment
Alex Bray Bray is a 30-point scoring threat each and every night with the fast pace that University plays with and his 3-point shooting ability.
Brendan Harrick With Kezie Okpala off to Stanford, this is Harrick’s team and he’s more than capable of stepping up to that challenge, especially with his 3-point shooting.
Brennan Hellmers Intriguing skill set at 6-feet-6. Can score inside and out and has a potent turn around mid-range jumper.
Cameron Dashiell Physical and heady point guard who knows how to run a basketball team. Lockdown on-ball defender.
Chase Anderson One of the most potent 3-point and mid-range shooters in the area. Anderson is poised for a breakout season.
D.J. Rodman Rodman will test his game against the best OC has to offer, transferring to Trinity League competitor JSerra. The 6-foot-4 junior was one of the top scorers in the county last season at Corona del Mar.
Dawson Baker One of the toughest combo guard covers in all of Orange County. Baker is a three-level scorer who can also create for others off the bounce.
Demetrius Jackson Athletic and crafty scoring guard bound for Metro State University. Jackson will lead a new-look El Toro side.
Dominick Harris Dynamic combo guard with a knack for putting the ball in the basket. Scores in a variety of ways with playmaking ability, to boot.
Dylan Thoerner The 6-foot-4 junior averaged better than 18 points per game last season and with his ability to shoot from deep and mid-range, this year should be no different.
Grayson Beeman A gritty forward/wing who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Capo relies on Beeman to be a jack of all trades on offense and versatile on defense.
Harminder Dhaliwal Dhaliwal is one of the more skilled big men in Orange County. He can finish around the basket with either hand and can step out and knock down a perimeter jumper.
Harrison Butler Athletic slasher who is always looking for a poster dunk. Butler is the Monarchs best perimeter defender.
Isaiah Johnson Johnson has shown increased aggressiveness on offense and his combination of size, skill and athleticism makes him one of the more intriguing young prospects in Orange County.
Isaiah Pope The smooth operating junior has taken his game to another level and could emerge as the Lancers top scorer this season.
Jacob Eyman The 6-foot-9 forward is a double-double threat every time he steps on the floor and the UTEP commit one of the best interior defenders in SoCal when engaged.
Jake Kyman Kyman is a multi-dimensional player who can fill it up from the perimeter. The 6-foot-7 wing is poised to take the next step in his game.
Jakob Alamudun Heading into is third season as a varsity starter. Alamudun is a versatile forward who stuffs the stat sheet.
Jared Brown Lethal left handed combo guard who can score from anywhere on the court. Brown has the ability to takeover a game at any point.
Joel Mensah Active, high motor and athletic big man who never gets outworked. Mensah, who’s committed to San Diego State, provides JSerra with energy and toughness on both ends.
Jordan Guest The Boston University commit is that guy everyone loves to play with but hates to play against. Guest is one of the more skilled forwards in the area.
Jordan Taylor Taylor one of few 6-10-plus players left in Orange County and made a lot of progress with his game over the summer. Taylor is active on the glass and works hard on both ends of the floor.
Josh Griffin Griffin returns from a wrist injury looking as strong as ever. The junior is a consistent 3-point and mid-range shooter.
Josh Phillips One of the more vertically gifted players in all of SoCal. Phillips, who is committed to the University of Portland, makes his mark on the defensive end with shot blocking and rebounding.
Julien Franklin The 6-foot-6 wing has taken his game to another level with improved ball skills and aggressiveness. The Spartans need Franklin to embrace a newfound leadership role.
Kevin Kobrine Kobrine, who is committed to UCLA for volleyball, has the ability to be a Division I basketball player if he focused on it full time. A big time athlete with crafty ball skills and a high basketball IQ.
Lucas Holden Smooth shooting lefty who is really coming into his own. Holden is a multi-skilled prospect who could see his recruitment pick up with a solid season.
Lucas Parks Embodies the term “floor general” on both ends of the floor. You’ll rarely find a moment where Parks makes a mistake.
Mehkel Harvey One of the fastest-rising recruits around. The young senior has a ton of natural ability and used the summer time to extend his range to behind-the-arc.
Michael Wang The 6-foot-9 forward has seen an uptick in his consistency from 3-point range. If the University of Pennsylvania commit can continue with that shooting, Mater Dei will be very tough to beat.
Spencer Freedman Still the best point guard in the county, the Harvard-bound Freedman makes the Monarchs go with his vision, basketball IQ and ability to spread the floor from 3-point range.
Tristan Williams The rangy 6-foot-6 Williams acts as a stretch four for coach Chris Zeller, but can also use a shot fake and get to the basket and finish.

Players to Watch

Player School
A.J. Perry
Abraham Negrete
Adrian Cooper
Adrianne Maboloc
Aiden Gilbert
Alec Sinek
Anthony Nguyen
B.J. Askew
Brenden Cormie
Brooks Mallory
Cade Potter
Calin Whitney
Charlie Lee
Chris Kane
Chris Karraa
Dalton Sloniger
Daniel Thatcher
David Atencio
Dean Keeler
Devin Askew
Devin Owens
Diego Noffal
Dylan Dickerson
Edward Williams
Elijah Jones-Church
Erik Papke
George Urrutia
Harrison Hornery
Hugo Clarkin
Isaiah Lee
Isaiah Williams
J.T. Robinson
Jacob Huynh
Jacob Nemeth
Jeff Yan
Jesus Silva
John Humphreys
Jon Illeleji
Jon Scherer
Jonah Tolmaire
Jordan Alvarado
Jordan Montrose
Jordan Nowden
Jordan Williams
Joseph Kitaen
Josh Alcindor
Josh Gray
Joshua Lee
Julian Almazan
Julian Bruce
Player School
Justin Brodt
Justin Williams
Kaden Garrett
Kevin Kent
Kevin White
Kyle Johnson
Langston Redfield
Lucas Everett
Luke Hosozawa
Maceo Reddick
Matt Jones
Matthew Lanzone
Max Agbonkpolo
Maxx Hazely
Michael Hyun
Nathan Hewitt
Nic Lipovic
Nic Lipovic
Nick Draper
Noah Aguilar
Noah Aguilar
Noah Honetschlager
Omar Almoukdad
Omar Almoukdad
Paul Head
Quentin Watts
Reagan Lundeen
Reilly Caya
Reilly Caya
Riley Coleman
Ryan Evans
Ryan Perkovich
Ryan Sprosty
Ryen Perry
Sagel Simon
Seth Mishler
Shengzhe Li
Spencer Serven
Stone Sinek
Trent Harper
Trey Anderson
Tristan Broughton
Tyler Broughton
Tyler Broughton
Tyler Clark
Wilhelm Breidenbach
William Henriksen
Willie Duggan
Zach Ruiz
Zack Mowers

League Predictions

League Champion
Crestview League Canyon
Empire League Cypress
Freeway League Buena Park
Golden West League Ocean View
North Hills League Villa Park
Orange League Savanna
Orange Coast League Laguna Beach
Pacific Coast League Corona del Mar
San Joaquin League Saddleback Valley Christian
Sea View League Capistrano Valley
South Coast League Tesoro
Sunset League Edison/Los Alamitos
Trinity League Mater Dei

Top OC Tournaments/Events

  • Grizzly Invitational (Godinez) November 27 - December 2
  • 2017 AutoNation Invitational (Crean Lutheran) November 25 - December 2
  • Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions (Ocean View) November 27 - December 2
  • Buena Park Coyote Classic November 27 - December 2
  • Diablo Inferno (Mission Viejo) Nobember 27 - December 2
  • Corona del Mar Beach Bash December 4 - 9
  • Charlie Wilkins Memorial (Westminster) December 11 - 16
  • North Orange County Championship December 11 - 16
  • SoCal Elite/Gary Raya Classic December 11 - 16
  • North/South OC Challenge (Tesoro) December 22 - 23
  • Orange Holiday Classic December 27 - 30
  • Orange Lutheran Hoopfest January 15
  • Nike Extravaganza (Mater Dei)February 2 - 3
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