2021-2022 Southern California Signal The Light Preseason Rankings
record from 2019-2020 in parenthesis
- San Diego (25-6): The Knights come into the season as our top ranked team in Southern California. San Diego has depth at multiple spots and Jon Ogugua is one of the best guards in the state. Andy Ground brings a championship attitude from the sidelines and the Knights will be a team that will make a state championship run. San Diego will open up the 2021-2022 season against 15th ranked Copper Mountain on November 4th at the Gehler Memorial Tournament
2. Fullerton (22-6): The Hornets come in at number two and will be a team that will make a lot of noise this season. Fullerton will be tested as the Hornets are playing in the Orange Empire Conference where four other teams are ranked. The Hornets will look to make a deep post season run as Fullerton open up their season on Monday at home against Los Angeles Trade Tech. Fullerton will then play 5th ranked San Bernardino on November 4th in Santa Monica and follow that up with a game again against 10th ranked Santa Monica on November 6th.
3. East Los Angeles (29-1): The Huskies will come into the season as our third ranked team in the south. East Los Angeles will look to make another trip to the Elite Eight and make a championship run. The Huskies are very talented and deep in the front court and open up their 2021-2022 up in Northern California. East Los Angeles will open up against 7th ranked Santa Rosa, follow that up with 6th ranked Yuba and face top ranked Northern California San Francisco in three consecutive days beginning on November 5th.
4. West Los Angeles (21-9): The Wildcats will start the season with high expectations this season. West Los Angeles is a team that should make some noise this season with all the athleticism and talent that the coaching staff has put together. The Wildcats will be in the mix for the Western State South Conference championship and should make a post season run. West Los Angeles will open up their 2021-2022 season on November 4th when the Wildcats face off against Los Angeles Pierce in Santa Monica and follow that up with a match up against 5th ranked San Bernardino on November 6th.
5. San Bernardino (20-10): The Wolverines round off our top 5 as San Bernardino comes into the season with some solid pieces. The Wolverines will look to make a deep post season run and will look to make a run at the Inland Empire Athletic Conference championship. San Bernardino will open the season against two quality teams as the Wolverines will face play against top ranked Fullerton in Santa Monica on November 4th and then two nights later will face 4th ranked West Los Angeles.
6. Santiago Canyon (28-2): The Hawks are our second team out of the Orange Empire Conference ranked. Santiago Canyon made the Elite Eight in the 2019-2020 season and will be a team that will challenge for a conference championship. You better be ready to guard the three point line when you face the Hawks as Santiago Canyon will open up their 2021-2022 season on November 4th against Long Beach in Santa Ana and follow that game up two days later with a game against Glendale.
7. Riverside (21-9): The Tigers are our third team ranked from the Orange Empire Conference and come in at number 7. The Tigers have an elite back court and will be in the mix to make a deep post season run. Riverside was one of the eight teams still standing when the season was cut short and the Tigers will look to put together another successful season. Riverside will play three games next week with their season opener against Moorpark on November 4th at Ventura College. The Tigers will then face Pasadena and Victor Valley in their two other games at the VC We play Hard Tournament.
8. Ventura (21-8): The Pirates come into our rankings at number 11 for the 2021-2022 preseason rankings in Southern California. Ventura will be an elite team this season and it wont surprise me if the Pirates make a deep post season run. The Pirates have some solid pieces and depth in the back court which is vital in junior college basketball. Ventura will open up their 2021-2022 season at home against Pasadena on November 4th. The Pirates will then face Victor Valley on the 5th and then take on Antelope Valley on November 6th to end their three game week.
9. Mt. San Jacinto (15-14): The Eagles come into our rankings at number nine and will look to have a successful upcoming season. Josh Hardiman and Anton Mozga will look to lead the Eagles to a Inland Empire Conference title for the 2021-2022 season. One thing is for sure, the Eagles will not shy away from playing against elite competition and nothing changes this season as well. Mt. San Jacinto will open up their season against 14th ranked Cerritos on November 5th and follow that up with a game the next day against a very good Los Angeles Southwest team.
10. Saddleback (19-11): The Bobcats will look to have another stand out season and make a run in the Orange Empire Conference. Atiba Taylor will be a stand out player and the Bobcats have size in the front court for the upcoming season. Saddleback comes in at number 9 and will open up their 2021-2022 season on November 9th at home against Southwestern.
11. Santa Monica (21-9): The Corsairs come into the new season as our number 11 team in the preseason rankings. Santa Monica has some solid pieces for the upcoming season and we should expect the Corsairs to be in the thick of things when it is all said and done. After picking up 21 wins in 2019-2020, the Corsairs will look to compete for the Western State South Conference championship and make a deep post season run. Santa Monica will open up their 2021-2022 season against Cypress on November 4th and follow that up against top ranked Fullerton at home on November 6th.
12. Irvine Valley (17-13): The Lasers come into the new season as our 12th ranked team in Southern California. The fifth team ranked from the Orange Empire is our dark horse for the season. Irvine Valley has some pieces and will be a team that will be spoiler. The Lasers open up their season on November 2nd with a road game against Cuyamaca in their only game of the week.
13. Allan Hancock (23-7): The Bulldogs come into the season as our 13th ranked team in the Southern California. Allan Hancock will look to have another standout season and challenge Ventura in the Western State North Conference. Amari Stroud will look to lead the Bulldogs to the post season and a deep post season run in the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Hancock will have two games in the opening week but open the season in the central valley as they will take on Porterville on November 2nd. The Bulldogs will then face off against Hartnell on November 6th on the road for their second game of the week.
14. Cerritos (20-10): The Falcons come into our rankings at number 14 for the upcoming season. Cerritos will look to have another standout season and compete for the South Coast South Conference championship. The Falcons should be a team that will make it to the post season and win a lot of games. Cerritos will open up their season on November 5th as the Falcons will face 8th ranked Mt. San Jacinto and follow that up the next day with a road game against College of the Desert.
15. Citrus (20-10): The Owls occupy the last spot in our preseason Southern California rankings at number 15. Citrus is a very consistent program that seems to win 20 games or more each season. Citrus will look to challenge for a Western State South conference championship and make a deep post season run. The Owls will open their season up on November 4th against Mt. San Antonio at home.
Signaling a Light: Copper Mountain (14-14), Los Angeles Southwest (17-12), Cerro Coso (18-9), San Diego Miramar (13-15),