San Francisco (29-4, 13-1): Last season, City College of San Francisco was one of the elite teams in the state. The Rams buzz sawed through competition from the jump as San Francisco scored over 100 points in four straight games to start the season. San Francisco hit some lumps as an early season losses to North Idaho and Fullerton but it did not slow down the Rams in moving forward. San Francisco ran off six straight games to end non conference action and came into Coast North Conference action with a 12-2 record. The Rams won their first eight games in conference action before losing to Chabot on the road, the Rams won their last five games in conference and finished with a 13-1 conference record a share of the Coast North championship. When the post season arrived, the Rams were seeded number one in the north and City College of San Francisco cruised to wins over Butte and Columbia, the Rams found themselves in an usual place at the Elite Eight. After picking up wins over San Bernardino and Citrus in the final four the Rams had a shot to win the state championship but suffered a loss against Fullerton in the final game 83-73.
Head Coach: Justin Labagh
2023-2024 outlook: The Rams will look to have a standout season for the 23-24 season, but will have to replace a brand new team. San Francisco has lost everyone except one player from the state runner up team as CJ Hardy and Dante Sawyer have transferred, EJ Neal, Matt Williams, Jamir Thomas, Tejon Sawyer and Mezziah Oakman were lost to graduation so the Rams have over 80 plus points to replace from their lineup. The lonoe player that returns is Willie Williams who averaged 6.8 points per contest as the Rams will lack experience. San Francisco usually reloads as they have but they will be a very young team that will lack experience but very talented. At the end of the day, the young team could take some lumps early but will improve as the season moves along.
Newcomers: The Rams will bring in so many new faces to the team as coach Labagh and company have reloaded. “6-7” Durrell Laury is transferring in from Foothill College after having a standout season for the Owls a year ago. “6-5” Titus Wilkins is coming in from Northampton College and averaged 15.1 points last season. “6-7” Fallou Cisse (UC San Diego), “6-5” Isaac shingange (New Mexico State), “6-0” Jhsanni King Wilhite (Riordan), “6-7” Antonio Pusateri (Riordan), “6-5” Jalen Glenn (Inderkum), “6-2” Broyce Batachan (De Anza), D’Aunte “DJ Johnson (Moreu Catholic), and “6-7” Mason Harris (Alameda) will all look to contribute for the upcoming 23-24 season.
Projection: The Rams only return one player from last seasons team and will lack a lot of experience when it comes to usual City College of San Francisco teams. San Francisco lost over 80 points per contest in scoring and other stats but have a very talented new group. Time will tell how they come together but with a lot of unknown this could be a season where San Francisco may take some hits early. We can assume that there could be a let up, but do not ever count out a City College of San Francisco team as this team will be competitive and still competing for a conference championship for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.
Season Opener: 11/3 vs Marin
Chabot (21-9, 13-1): Last season the Gladiators had a standout season winning 21 games and making a post season appearance. After starting off the season with four straight wins, Chabot struggled losing four of their next five games and entered conference action with a 7-7 record. The Gladiators opened Coast North Conference action with a 101-81 loss against City College of San Francisco, but after the early loss, the Gladiators won their next won their next seven games and had a rematch against City College in Hayward. Chabot picked up a huge 89-87 victory and put themselves in position to share a piece of the conference championship. Chabot won their final five games of the regular season and ended the regular season with a share of the Coast North Conference championship. The Gladiators went into the post season as a seed, picked up a home win over Los Medanos but their season ended their next round with a road loss against San Jose.
2023-2024 outlook: The Gladiators come into the new season with some questions marks after losing four key components from last years 21 win team. Chabot loses three players that averaged in double figures (Diggy Winbush , Jaiden Rivera, and David Hector) and lost Terrence Craft and David Ogunleye as well. The Gladiators have a lot of scoring to replace and it will be interesting to see who steps up in the upcoming year. One player that will be relied on is “6-4” wing Zach Broadous who had a sensational freshman campaign. The sophomore averaged 13.6 points a year ago and played a major role on the team last season. Broadous scored in double figures 22 times a year ago and had a season high of 24 points last season against Ohlone. “6-2” Makaio Mims (6.7 points), “6-5” Mateo Hamilton, “6-4” Nick Tumlin, “6-6” Demetrius Howard, “6-8” Micah Allen and Malik Kaba returns after redshirting last season. The Gladiators will look to new players to step up and do it by committee for the upcoming season.
Newcomers: Chabot comes into the new season with plenty of new faces on the sidelines. “6-3” Noah Thomas comes into the program from Oregon Tech and will give the back court a scoring option at the point guard position. The sophomore should be a standout for the Gladiators this season. “6-5” Mehki Thomas (Dublin), “6-3” Marcellus Edwards (Riordan), “6-8” Thomas Labat (Dublin), “6-3” Isaiah Minor (Foothill), “6-7” Isaiah Harper (Kapolei) and “6-2” Kejohn Atkins (Rainer Beach) are all freshmen that could contribute this upcoming season for Chabot.
Projection: The Gladiators lost a lot from last season but have some solid pieces coming in but do return more than rivals within the conference. With that being said it is hard not to predict Chabot as a team that will contend for the conference championship. The Gladiators split the conference championship last season and have more coming back than the team that they split with so it will be an intriguing season to say the least. Chabot should be a top team in Northern California and in contention for a conference championship but time will tell how the new pieces mesh together in the 2023-2024 season.
Season Opener: 11/2 vs Modesto
Ohlone (18-11, 7-7): Last season nobody knew what to expect from the Ohlone College Renegades. With a new coach on board, and plenty of new players coming into the program, the team was coming off a single digit win total from the 21-22 season. In comes Jordan Lee and company and the took the first month of the season by storm. The Renegades winning their first eight games of the season and ten of their first eleven games. After the hot start, the Renegades stumbled to a 2-2 record before conference started but came into the Coast North Conference with a 11-3 record. In conference action, the Renegades started hot picking up wins against San Mateo and Canada and after losing consecutive games against Chabot and Skyline, Ohlone won four of their next five and found themselves with a 6-3 record with five games to go in conference action. In the final five games of the regular season the Renegades hit the wall and lost four of those conference games and finished the regular season with a 7-7 conference record and a three way tie for 3rd place. Ohlone earned a post season bid and hosted a first round game but Renegades season ended with a home loss against Butte to end a solid 2022-2023 season.
2023-2024 outlook: The Renegades will look to follow up last season with the same success as they did from a year ago. Ohlone lost Josh Niusulu, Jayelen Jones and John Patague but will have some pieces coming back to the equation for the upcoming season. Ohlone returns leading scorer “5-11” guard Matthew Villanueva, the sophomore was a scoring option last season and averaged 16.0 points per contest last season. “6-3” Jude Jennings returns to the Renegades (14.3 points), “6-6” Nebiyu Teklemariam (8.7 points) will also return to the Renegades for the 23-24 season. “6-6” Michael Fastion will redshirt this season and the Renegades will miss his front court experience for the upcoming season. The Renegades do return 38 points though between three solid pieces in the back court which could be vital for their success this season.
Newcomers: The Renegades have added a lot of new pieces for this upcoming season as Ohlone will look to have another standout season. It seems the biggest area addressed in the off season was height as the Renegades looked bigger and have brought in some international flavor. “5-11” Jason Cibul is a transfer from Holy Names University and will add some scoring to the back court. “6-2” Frank Mixon (Chicago), “6-0” Samuel Prescod (Golden State Prep), “6-4” Adam Zalmai (San Ramon), “6-5” Ahston Proctor (Australia), “6-9” Sami Tanasic (Australia), “6-8” Jmes Arterberry (Oakland Tech), “6-9” Andrej Kuljic (Bosnia) and “6-8” Kayne Gilmore (Australia) will all look to contribute this upcoming season.
Projection: Last season coach Jordan Lee and company got off to a hot start in his first season on the sidelines. This season will be a big year in moving forward for the Renegades as Ohlone did lose some pieces they have brought in some talent to where they should continue to make a push in the upper half of the conference. Ohlone addressed their front court and added some depth but this is a very young team with only three players that are back from a year ago. We project that the Renegades will finish in the upper half of the conference as we have them projected finishing 4th place for the upcoming season.
Season Opener: 11/2 vs Shasta
Las Positas (19-12, 7-7): Last season the Hawks started off really hot after winning five of their first six games and Las Positas looked as if they were going to be a standout team in Northern California. Las Positas continued to play well throughout non conference action and finished non conference action with a 10-4 record but were 3-3 against teams that made the post season in that part of their schedule. In conference action, the Hawks struggled to find consistency in the win column as Las Positas finished off first half of conference with a 4-3 record. In the second half of conference play the Hawks struggled to a 3-4 record and lost three of their last four games in conference action. In the post season the Hawks picked up a 13th seed and started playing some solid basketball. Las Positas opened the post season with a 84-79 win over Diablo Valley, inn the next round, the Hawks shook up the post season seeding when they went on the road and picked up a big win over 4th seed Yuba to make it to the sweet 16. In the round of sixteen, Las Positas lost to West Valley 88-75 but the Hawks played their best basketball in the post season and finished with a 19-12 record in the 2022-2023 season.
Head Coach: James Giacomazzi
2023-2024 outlook: The Hawks lost a lot of fire power from last seasons team as Las Positas will look to have another standout season. The Livermore based school lost Jalen Patterson, Isaiah Victor, Brandon Fisher and Jordahn Johnson who all scored in double figures last season along with Evan Johnson. Between the four of those players the Hawks lost 64 points of production and they will be tough to replace. Las Positas returns three players from last season in “6-4” CJ Wrd (2.0 points), “5-9” Joseph Mangonon “6-5” Nay’Veon Reed and “6-7” Jajuan Mitchell-Cox (3.2 points). All four players will provvide sophomore experience and will look to help the Hawks to another winning season.
Newcomers: The Hawks will have plenty of new faces on the sidelines and a lot of transfers coming into the program. “6-6” Alex Martin (San Mateo JC), “6-0” Josh Valentine (Southern Utah), “5-10” Alex Ma (De Anza JC) will all be sophomores and will have an impact for the Hawks this season. “6-3” Sterling Mcclanahan (Vanden), “5-10” Donovan Saiyad (Vallejo), “6-5” Miles Lawrence (Liberty), “6-7” Mecca Okereke (Menlo-Atherton), “6-4” Amare Suggs (Modesto Christian), “6-5” John Harris (Kimball), “6-7” Myles Clayton (Modesto Christian), “6-1” Elliot Mobley (Weston Ranch), and “6-1” Elijah Mobley (Weston Ranch) are part of a talented freshmen group that should contribute for the Hawks this season.
Projection: The Hawks come into the season with a lot of pieces that will need to be filled but truth be told the coaching staff did a great job bringing in some key pieces. Las Positas has size athleticism and shooting and should be a very good team this season. The Hawks will compete in the upper half of the conference and challenge for the Coast North Conference championship in the upcoming season. We project them in 3rd place but it would not shock us if they finish in one of the top two positions in the 23-24 season.
Season Opener: 11/2 vs Butte
San Mateo (14-16, 3-11): Last year was a tale of two halves of a season for the Bulldogs. After a hot start in which San Mateo won their first seven games of the season, the Bulldogs struggled to find consistency in the win column following a hot start to the season. After a loss against Folsom Lake, San Mateo struggled to put together a string a wins at once and finished non conference action with a 9-5 record going into Coast North Conference action. In conference action, we saw a different Bulldog team as San Mateo could not put any wins together as the Bulldogs lost their first six games in conference action. After a win against Canada, San Mateo lost five of their last seven games and San Mateo finished conference action with a 3-11 record. The Bulldogs had a 13-15 record and went into the post season as the 19th seed in Northern California. In the first round of the playoffs, San Mateo picked up a win against Gavilan on the road but suffered a loss against College of the Sequoias and finished with a 14-16 record in the 2022-2023 season.
Head Coach: Mike Marcial
2023-2024 outlook: As the new season approaches, the Bulldogs have a lot of pieces to replace as San Mateo will look to have another solid season in the 23-24 year. San Mateo will look to replace Tim Netane, Alex Martin, Justin Milch, JD Carson, Saveon Campbell, Shkur Blaylock for the upcoming season as two of them averaged in double figures a year ago. San Mateo will return three players from last seasons team as “6-7” Kiahn Nice (10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds), “5-11” Jason Monotgomery (4.1 points), and a much improved “6-7” Jack Busenhart. Nice is expeced to have a break out season and Busenhart is a very skilled big that will bring a lot to the table for the upcoming season for the Bulldogs.
Newcomers: San Mateo will have some newcomers that will help the program out this upcoming season. “6-4” Pawllos Habtom is coming over from Chabot College and will add depth to the back court for the Bulldogs. “6-2” Isaiah Fraizer is a transfer from De Anza College and will add sophomore experience and depth to the back court for the Bulldogs. “6-3” Andrew Taylor Bryant-Frey (Lincoln), “6-2” Zaden Martin (Burlingame), “6-2” Jon Claybon (El Camino), “6-5” Ethan Wasem (Liberty), “6-5” Ryan Lykken (Palo Alto), “6-7” Davis Altrofs (Latvia) and “6-4” Diallo Noorwood (Freedom) will come into the program and look to contribute in the 2023-2024 season.
Projection: The Bulldogs are another team that will be competitive in the Coast North Conference for the 23-24 season. San Mateo brings back Kiahn Nice and Jack Busenhart and gets a quality transfer in Habtom but still it will be intriguing to see how deep the front court is. San Mateo struggled late last season but one thing is for sure is that the Bulldgos will play hard and stay competitive. We project the Bulldogs will be in the middle of the pack for the upcoming season and we have them finishing in 5th place for the 23-24 season.
Season Opener: 11/2 vs Feather River
Skyline (13-16, 6-8): Last season it was a season of streaks for the Trojans as Skyline finished the 22-23 season under .500. After a hot start which saw the Trojans win four of their first five games, Skyline struggled their next five games as they went 1-4. Skyline finished off non conference play 2-2 and finished with a 7-7 non conference record going into conference play. Five of those seven losses were against teams that made the post season but Skyline did pick up wins against two wins that made the post season. In conference play, it was tough for Skyline to find consistency in the win column as it was back and forth in the win column for most of conference action. After playing the first half of conference to a 3-4 record it was much of the same in the 2nd half of conference. Skyline finished conference play with a 6-8 record but in conference action, the Trojans picked up two wins over Ohlone, knocked off San Mateo twice but could not get over the hump against the rest of the upper half of the conference. Skyline finished the regular season with a 13-15 record and picked up a post season bid as the Trojans had some quality wins throughout the season. Skyline picked up the 24th seed, but suffered a 81-63 loss against 9th seeded Contra Costa and finished their season with a 13-16 record.
Head Coach: Justin Piergrossi
2023-2024 outlook: Coming into the new year, Skyline will look to make another post season run and stay competitive in Coast North Conference action. Skyline did lose six pieces from last seasons team as Ryan Wilson, Julius Alcantara, Dominic Wilson, Ofek Sirkis, DeAndre Minor, and Toyoshige Kano all are gone to graduation. Replacing all of those pieces will be hard but at the end of the day the Trojans are a well coached group and the three returners will all of the newcomers will be fine for the upcoming season. “5-11” Sean Richardson returns after after averaging 9.4 points and 3.2 assists in his freshman season. “6-3” Darrin Lum (5.8 points) and “6-2” Damascus Shields (1.8 points) return for their second season and add sophomore experience to the freshmen heavy team.
Newcomers: There will be a lot of freshmen on the roster for the Trojans this upcoming season. “6-0” Achilles Woodson (Riordan), “6-3” Aidan Carleson (Serra), “6-5” David Shields (Nueva), “6-4” Milandev Chaatha (Fremont), “6-6” Kyle Haslam (Burlingame), “5-11” Brady Carson (Hillsdale), “6-6” Kiejuan West (Marshall) and “6-3” Brandon Perez (Everest) are all freshmen that will look to contribute this upcoming season for the Trojans. Skyline will be fairly young but have some quality freshmen that will help the Trojans stay competitive for the 23-24 season.
Projection: Skyline comes into the season as another team that made the post season from the Coast North Conference last season. The Trojans only return three players and will be fairly young for the upcoming season and will lack experience. Skyline as we mentioned is very well coached and will still be competitive. We project the Trojans will finish in the middle of the pack but maybe in the lower half of the conference but with that being said, Skyline wont be an easy win by all means and this could be a team that still could make a post season push for the 23-24 season.
Season Opener: 11/1 @ Merced
Canada (5-23, 0-14): The Colts had some bad luck last season as the injury bug hit Canada hard. After starting the season 2-0 and winning three of their first four games, the injury bug hit and Canada struggled to find the win column consistently. The Colts picked up two more wins in non conference play but following their win against Solano the Colts only picked up one more win in the 22-23 season as Canada knocked off De Anza. Canada finished non conference action with a 5-9 record and went into conference play under .500. In conference action, the Colts struggled to find the win column and finished with 14 straight losses and finished 0-14 in conference play. Canada finished the 22-23 season with a 5-23 record and the Colts missed the post season.
Head Coach: Eddy Harris
2023-2024 outlook: The Colts come into the season with hopes of having a better 23-24 season after the injury bug hit them hard last season. Canada will have to replace Seth Godtfredsen, Dahareeha Allen, Lawvan Johns, Ray Goda, and Wesley Burns from last seasons team but have some key pieces that are back for the upcoming season. “5-11” Miles Jones is back after averaging 13.8 points per contest last season. The guard will provide depth and some scoring after having a break out freshman campaign. “5-10” Asa Mobley (4.7 points), “6-3” Daylen Fleming (9.7 points), nd “6-3” Zion Deloatch (1.9 points) are all back and will give the Colts experience this season. Canada does return four players which will be vital from an experience stand point for the upcoming season.
Newcomers: Canada will have some solid pieces coming into the new season that will make the Colts much more competitive this upcoming season. “5-10” Daniel Benjamin (Carolina University transfer) and “6-2” Jovan Abregana (De Anza JC) are two transfers that will add experience to the Colts team. “6-6” Luca Joe Ewelt (Leigh) got off to a hot start last season before suffering a season ending injury but has potetntial to average in double figures and be a standout within the conference. “6-1” Brylan Lundy (St. Francis), “6-2” James Clay (Arroyo), “6-1” Josiah Morris (James Logan), “6-5” Deelan Gibbons (Sequoia), “6-5” Sean Crowley (Pioneer), “6-7” Luke Mathiesen (Westmont), and “6-3” Matthew Skelton (Prospect) will all look to contribute this season for the Colts.
Projection: The Colts have some pieces to be a very competitive team for the upcoming season. Canada will be an improved team as they showed signs of being competitive but as we mentioned the injury bug hit the Colts hard. Ewelt has potential to be a big time scorer and the Colts return two other players that averaged double figures. This will be a team that will be improved and should compete in the middle of the conference. We project that the Colts will win more games than the year before but could still struggle in a very good Coast North Conference for the 2023-2024 season.
Season Opener: 11/2 vs Diablo Valley
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