De La Salle hoops ranked No. 35 in nation

We may be in the heart of football season, but the Powerade Fab 50 boys basketball rankings by ESPNHS have been released and reigning CIF Division I NorCal champion De La Salle is ranked No. 35 in the country. Here’s what the writeup has to say about the Spartans.

Coach Frank Allocco’s 2010-11 unit beat playoff teams more individually talented on its way to a Northern California Division I championship. Allocco, whose program has reached the regional final nine of the past 13 years, feels this team’s talent level is much higher. Eight lettermen return, including SF Elliott Pitts (6-5, Jr.), PG Amadi Udenyi (6-0, Sr.) and SG Jeremy Gunder (6-1, Jr.), all three of whom will earn college scholarships.

De La Salle is the only East Bay team in the rankings, but Archbishop Mitty-San Jose checks in at No. 20. The Monarchs won the CIF Division II state title last year and return big man Aaron Gordon, who is a pretty easy call as the best player in the Bay Area. Also, Findlay Prep — featuring Bishop O’Dowd and Salesian transplants Brandon Ashley and Dominic Artis — is ranked No. 8. Defending Division I state champion Mater Dei is ranked No. 6.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.