Prep Boys: 20 players to watch


Noah Blackwell, Woodcreek, Jr. – 6-foot-1 point guard is one of Northern California’s top juniors at that position. Has offers from Oregon State and Loyola Marymount.

Marquese Chriss, Pleasant Grove, Jr. – Veteran of Eagles’ Division I state title team, 6-7 forward ranks as No. 2 junior class recruit in Northern California by

Jalen Coates, Burbank, Sr. – Slick ballhandler and returning All-Metro Conference point guard averaged 15.4 points and 4.2 assists last season.

Jordan Ford, Folsom, So. – All-Delta River League performer as a freshman, 6-foot point guard led the Bulldogs to a 29-4 record during the summer season.

Devin Greene, Sheldon, So. – Made key contributions as a freshman point guard to a Huskies team that won its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section D-I title last season.

Aaron Harmetz, McClatchy, Jr. – Returning All-Metro Conference guard who averaged 14.9 points last season had 33 points in foundation game loss to Foothill on Monday.

Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, Sr. – 6-foot-5, 285-pound Stanford football commit averaged a team-high 12.1 points to help Cougars win second consecutive section D-V title.

Lake Lutes, Jesuit, Sr. – Returning 6-6 All-Delta River League forward ranks No. 16 in’s Top 40 Class of 2014 and is expected to lead improved Marauders.

Bret Lynch, Mesa Verde, Jr. – Point guard averaged 15.1 points and 3.9 assists and earned All-Golden Empire League honors as a sophomore.

Cameron Oliver, Grant, Sr. – Highly recruited 6-8 power forward is back after missing Pacers’ Delta Valley Conference title season last year with a knee injury.

Benson Osayande, Franklin, Sr. – Long and lean 6-7 forward and shot blocker and rebounder will be counted on to help Wildcats compete in DVC.

L.J. Reed, Cosumnes Oaks, Jr. – The All-Sierra Valley Conference pick is rated one of the top 15 juniors in Northern California by

Jordan Roberson, Cordova, Jr. – All-Capital Athletic League first-team guard led section in 3-pointers with 91 last season while averaging 17.4 points.

Vasilije Saraba, Del Campo, Sr. – Highly skilled 6-4 forward averaged 19.4 points in earning All-Capital Valley Conference honors last season.

Chris Snyder, Ponderosa, Sr. – 6-9 center (15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds) is following in footsteps of former Bruins big men Brad Waldow (Saint Mary’s) and Steve Lackey (Sonoma State).

DeAndre Stallings, Liberty Ranch, Jr. – 6-5 long-range shooter scored 34 points in an 85-26 win over Rio Vista to open season.

Mason Stuteville, Casa Roble, Sr. – The 6-9 power forward is expected to join older brother Eric (Sacramento State) in D-I college ranks next fall.

Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks, Sr. – UCLA football verbal commit can also star on the basketball court with his skills and leaping ability.

D.J. Wilson, Capital Christian, Sr. – 6-9 forward and emerging talent is the area’s prestige basketball recruit, having signed with Michigan.

Solomon Young, Sacramento, So. – High-motor 6-6 forward averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds last season as a freshman.

BOYS TOP 20 Basketball

Rank Team 2012-13 record

1. Capital Christian 26-5

2. Sacramento 25-9

3. Sheldon 27-6

4. Jesuit 13-14

5. Folsom 12-15

6. Del Campo 20-9

7. Rocklin 20-11

8. Cosumnes Oaks 22-7

9. Pleasant Grove 28-6

10. Grant 23-9

11. Kennedy 17-11

12. Burbank 20-9

13. Foothill 13-15

14. Woodcreek 12-15

15. Del Oro 18-10

16. Franklin 15-14

17. Oak Ridge 15-13

18. Antelope 25-7

19. Christian Brothers 13-14

20. Mesa Verde 21-8