Our first boys basketball poll of the season

Here it is. Enjoy!

East Bay Boys basketball poll

Team Record Points Last season
1. Salesian (5) 10-2 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 8-3 70 4
3. Deer Valley 9-3 65 7
4. De La Salle 9-1 60 2
5. Monte Vista 8-2 55 13
6. San Leandro 9-2 47 11
7. Newark Memorial 6-5 41 3
8. El Cerrito 10-5 35 12
9. Campolindo 8-4 33 14
10. Dublin 9-4 30 NR
11. McClymonds 8-6 24 6
12. Freedom 8-4 22 9
13. St. Joseph Notre Dame 8-4 18 5
14. Heritage 12-2 14 NR
15. St. Mary’s 12-3 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Oakland Tech (10-3, 2 points), Mt. Eden (10-1, 1), College Park (10-4, 1), Castro Valley (5-5, 1). Records are through Saturday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Catholic School Winter Classic on Dec. 22

High school basketball fans, mark your calendars. I haven’t looked at any schedules for this season yet, but Dec. 22 will have to rank as one of the top matchups you’ll see before the postseason. Moreau Catholic is hosting the first Catholic School Winter Classic at Cal State East Bay. I’ll provide the full lineup — and there are several good games — but the nightcap is a doozy. Salesian vs. Archbishop Mitty. Yep, two defending state champions. Two favorites to represent NorCal in this year’s new Open Division state championship game. Oh and possibly the two best players in all of California in Salesian’s Jabari Bird and Mitty’s Aaron Gordon. Here’s the full lineup.

Noon: Central Catholic-Modesto vs. St. Elizabeth

1:30 p.m.: Moreau Catholic vs. Archbishop Riordan-San Francisco

3 p.m.: St. Mary’s-Stockton vs. St. Francis-Mountain View

4:30 p.m.: St. Patrick-St. Vincent vs. Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton

6 p.m.: St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Serra-San Mateo

7:30 p.m.: Salesian vs. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose

Admission is $10, $7 for kids ages 6-17. 5 and under are free.



Las Positas players sign

Three former Las Positas College men’s basketball players, led by Logan High graduate Jarred Jourdan, have signed with four-year schools for the 2012-13 season.

Jourdan signed with Division I Liberty University (Va.) and has three seasons of eligibility remaining. Dwight Abad (Logan) signed with Bethany College (Kan.), and Ryan Hebebrand (Granada) signed with Cal State East Bay. Abad and Hebebrand have two more seasons of eligibility.

Hebebrand and Abad last played for Las Positas in the 2010-11 season.

Jourdan, a 6-foot-5 forward , averaged 16 points and 6.3 rebounds last season. He also shot 49 percent from the floor, and over his last three games, which included two in the postseason, Jourdan averaged 28.3 points. He was named to the first-team All-Coast Conference North Division squad.


Dougherty Valley player signs with UOP

Jasmine Jenkins, a 6-foot-2 forward from Dougherty Valley High, has given an oral commitment to University of the Pacific.

Jenkins, daughter of former Oakland Raider Robert Jenkins, is a three-year all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League player and a major factor in Dougherty Valley’s two DFAL titles and a North Coast Section Division II championship. 

The past three years she has averaged over 12 points per game. Jenkins received multiple offers, including from Navy, Nevada, Loyola Marymount, and UC Santa Barbara.


Bird, Gordon added to Under Armour Elite 24

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird and Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon were among the final 12 players selected to compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 competition Aug. 24-25 at the Venice Beach Courts in Los Angeles. The two-day event features a slam dunk contest, which will air at 4 p.m. PST on Aug. 24 on ESPNU. The game is Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and also airs on ESPNU. ESPN ranks Bird the No. 20 overall player in the 2013 class and his five official finalists are Cal, Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado, although it’s basically down to Cal and Washington. Gordon is ranked the No. 6 player in the country by ESPN. Both players led their teams to California Interscholastic Federation state titles, with Gordon taking Mitty to the Division II crown and Bird leading Salesian to the Division IV crown.


Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee named to Under Armour Elite 24

Deer Valley High’s standout incoming senior Marcus Lee was one of the first 12 players selected to compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 competition Aug. 24-25 at the Venice Beach Courts in Los Angeles. Ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 100 national recruiting rankings, the 6-foot-9 power forward is loaded with collegiate offers. His profile on ESPN lists 17 offers, including Cal, Stanford, Saint Mary’s, UCLA, Duke, Connecticut, Florida and Indiana. The two day event features a slam dunk contest, which will air at 4 p.m. PST on Aug. 24 on ESPNU. The game is Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and also airs on ESPNU.


Castro Valley hires Senque Carey as basketball coach

Castro Valley High has hired former Fresno State assistant Senque Carey as its new boys basketball coach.
Carey replaces Nick Jones, who left to take the job at Monte Vista.
“He brings a lot of experience to our school,” Castro Valley athletic director Andy Popper said of Carey. “We’re excited to have somebody who’s passionate about basketball and wants to win. He wants to work with the community and work with the kids and grades are important to him.”

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Sac beats Bay 73-65 in girls hoops all-star game

The Bay team may have had more college bound-talent and state championship game experience, but it was the Sacramento team’s day at the high school girls basketball senior all-star game Friday at the Norcal Courts in Martinez.

In particular, it was Brianna Burgos’ day.

The Sheldon High senior headed to Sonoma State scored 31 points to lead Sacramento back from an early deficit and to a 73-65 victory.

Sacramento outscored the Bay team 19-7 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

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Richmond’s Brown signs with Sonoma State

Richmond High guard Isaiah Brown has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Sonoma State next season.

“I met some good people,” Brown said. “They were all really welcoming. They made me want to come back.”

Brown averaged 27.2 points per game as a senior for the Oilers, earning Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League MVP honors. That he was named MVP was especially telling, considering Richmond went just 1-26 on the season.

“It was a real tough season,” Brown said. “No matter what we did right, we just couldn’t get those wins.”

A two-sport star at Richmond who also impressed as a do-everything player on the football field,  Brown said he did give some thought to playing on the gridiron at the next level. But, he said that basketball has always been his No. 1 priority and once the offer came from Sonoma State, he was ready to take it.