Every Monday, we will be compiling a poll of local media members to rank the top 10 boys and girls basketball teams in San Francisco. Feel free to make your own rankings and discuss ours in the comment section. Voters include SanFranPreps.com staff, Mitch Stephens from SFGate.com and Maxpreps.com and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.
1. University (23-5, last week’s ranking: 2)
This will undoubtedly cause a stir, but the Red Devils are playing the best basketball in the City, and wrapped up a dominant run through the Bay Counties League West with a blowout playoff win over Lick-Wilmerding (14-13) and another dominant performance against No. 8 Stuart Hall in the league championship game.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (20-6, last week’s ranking: 1)
Don’t get us wrong, we know the Irish are the most talented team in the City, but the way they played in a blowout loss Serra (19-8) in the WCAL semifinal, they may have not beaten any team in the Top 10.
3. St. Ignatius (16-9, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats exited in the first round of the WCAL playoffs to Bellarmine (15-11), but hang on to the No. 3 spot.
4. Washington (22-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
While many will argue which Eagles’ senior guard is better, Brenden Glapion and Jeremy Jetton are the best 1-2 punch in the AAA, and have led Washington to a 14-1 league record, with huge wins over No. 6 Lincoln and No. 9 Marshall last week.
5. Mission (20-9, last week’s ranking: 5)
Will the Bears leapfrog the Eagles with a division-clinching victory on Tuesday? We’ll have to wait and see, but Mission continued to roll last week, with wins over Balboa (8-22) and Jordan (5-24) last week.
6. Lincoln (18-12, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Mustangs jump back to the sixth spot after splitting their games last week, with an eight-point loss to No. 4 Washington and a double-digit win over Balboa.
7. Riordan (8-17, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Crusaders tough run in the WCAL is finally over after a loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the league playoffs, but the break from WCAL opponents may not last long. If Riordan beats the winner of the Hillsdale-Seaside game in the second round of the CCS playoffs, they’ll have to play second-seeded St. Ignatius.
8. Stuart Hall (15-12, last week’s ranking: 8)
Hard to fault the Knights too much for falling to No. 1 University in the BCL West final, but they did get a quality win over Marin Academy (18-9) in the league semifinal.
9. Marshall (13-14, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Phoenix reenter the Top 10 after a short absence, with a win over Jordan and a loss to No. 4 Washington.
10. Lowell (19-9, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Cardinals, like Marshall, are back in the Top 10 after a week out, with wins over Burton (7-16) and O’Connell (4-11) last week.
Also receiving votes: Bay (19-7), Waldorf (14-8) and Lick-Wilmerding (14-13).