AVC #1 in SoCal Pre-Season Poll From “Signal the Light”

Posted: October 28, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball

Being ranked #1 in a pre-season poll can be be blessing and a torment.  Its great that that your work so far is recognized but, now you have a “target on your back” in every game.

In the next five weeks, AVC will be playing directly or will be in tournaments where they will have a good chance to play #2 Saddleback, #5 Fullerton, #7 Compton, #9 East LA, #10 San Bernardino, #12 Pasadena.  Guess we will have a much better idea after that who really is #1.

Most importantly, #1 means nothing if you don’t win the games your are supposed to… especially in March.


2016-2017 Southern California Signal The Light Basketball Preseason Rankings

1. Antelope Valley

2. Saddleback

3. Cerritos

4. Chaffey

5.  Fullerton

6.  Mt. San Jacinto

7.  Compton

8.  San Diego City

9.  East LA

10.  San Bernardino

11.  Citrus

12.  Pasadena

13.  Irvine Valley

14.  Allan Hancock

15.  Cuesta

Southern California 2016-2017 Preseason rankings

Posted on October 27, 2016 by John Bynum

Welcome to year three of our coverage of California junior college men’s basketball. Each Monday until the end of the regular season, we will release weekly rankings of our top 15 of each part of the state. Below are our preseason rankings for southern California for the 2016-2017 season, and please remember that my rankings do not have any influence on seeding and any other on goings involved in the CCCAA. This is a personal blog that I share to the public based off my personal opinion based off conversations with coaches and personal opinions.

1. Antelope Valley (25-7) The Marauders grab our top spot in the Southern California Signal The Light Basketball preseason rankings. Antelope Valley came within one game of making the Final Four and have a lot of pieces coming into the new season. The Marauders have plenty of size and have some solid guard play and will be an elite team in socal this season. We expect the Marauders to be an elite and they start the season as our number one team in Southern California. Antelope Valley will open the season next Thursday against Orange Coast at the Ventura Tournament.

2. Saddleback (31-2) Last year the Gauchos came within one game of winning back to back state championships. Saddleback will be a team that will be in the mix as the post season rolls around. Coach Andy Ground has another team that will only get better as the season moves along so if teams don’t get them early then its not looking good later in the season. It is a new season and the Gauchos have not stepped on the floor yet but when you talk about basketball in the state of California the Gauchos are an elite program that wins year in and year out. Saddleback opens up their season against 8th ranked Northern California team West Hills next Friday at the Cuesta Tournament.

3. Cerritos (20-10) Last season the Falcons won 20 games and made the post season but suffered a lost to East Los Angeles. Cerritos return three players from last seasons team and welcome in a lot of talent that may push them deep into the post season. Cerritos will look to build off last seasons success and be an elite team in Southern California. The Falcons begin the season at number three in our poll and open up their season next Thursday against Rio Hondo at the San Diego Miramar Tournament.

4. Chaffey (24-7) The Panthers won 24 games a year ago and made an appearance in the Final Four. Chaffey will return five players from a year ago and welcome in a lot of transfers to this seasons team. The Panthers will look to have another stand out season and make another run at the Final Four. Chaffey came within one game of the championship and will open up their season at the four spot. The Panthers open up their 2016-2017 campaign against Southwestern at the Miramar Tournament next Thursday.

5. Fullerton (22-8) What a turn around from two seasons for the Hornets. Coach Perry Webster and company turned around a struggling Fullerton program and the Hornets won 22 games last season and made a post season appearance. Fullerton returns four players from last seasons team and will look to continue move in the right direction. The Hornets begin the season at number five in our preseason poll and open up the season next Friday against Cuyamaca at the San Diego City Tournament .

6. Mt. San Jacinto (26-4) The Eagles begin the season as our number six team in our preseason poll for Southern California. Mt. San Jacinto won 26 games and return four key pieces from a year ago. The Eagles are an athletic team and coach Patrick Springer runs an elite program that does nothing but win on a consistent basis. Mt. San Jacinto will look to have another standout season and be an elite team in Southern California. The Eagles will open their season up next Friday against Los Angeles Harbor at the San Diego City Tournament.

7. Compton (14-12) Last season Compton took a step forward in the right direction and won 14 games. Compton returns a lot of key pieces from a year ago and will be a team to watch for the upcoming season. Compton has a lot of talent and the TarTars will be among the elite in Southern California this season. Compton begins the season at number seven and will open up their season against Glendale (AZ) next Thursday at the College of the Desert Tournament

8. San Diego (21-8) Last season San Diego won 21 games and coach Mitch Charlens continues to have a solid program in Southern California. The Knights have a very talented squad and San Diego will be a team to keep an eye out for this 2016-2017 season. “6-11” Alex Wilbourne and Marcus Brumsey returns to a talented Knights squad. San Diego begins the season as our number eight team and will begin their season next Friday against Barstow at their own tournament.

9. East Los Angeles (26-4) The Huskies begin the season as our number nine team in the south. East Los Angeles came within one game of making the final four and won 26 games a year ago. East Los Angeles has a lot of talent and a lot of players returning and don’t let the ranking fool you on how good this team can be. The Huskies will open up their season next Friday against Oxnard at the College of the Canyons Tournament.

10. San Bernardino (26-4) The Wolverines won 26 games a year ago and return three players from last seasons team. San Bernardino will look to have a better post season than a year ago. The Wolverines were upset in the first round and move into the Pacific Coast North Conference this upcoming season. San Bernardino begins our preseason poll at number 10 and will open their season up against West Los Angeles next Thursday at the College of the Desert Tournament.

11. Citrus (16-14) The Owls made a splash last season in the post season by knocking off two higher seeds before losing to Antelope Valley. Citrus will return three players from last year and look to build off last seasons success. New coach Brett Lauer will take over a solid bunch and a talented freshman group into the new season. The Owls will start our preseason poll at number 11 and will open up their season next Friday against San Diego Mesa at the San Diego City College Tournament.

12. Pasadena (5-22) The Lancers return three players from last seasons team that won 5 games and this may be a surprise for some people. Pasadena has some quality transfers coming in and also Dejon Williams is back after sitting out a season. Pasadena will look to improve and start out the season at number 12 in our preseason poll. The Lancers will open up the season against Palomar at the Ventura Tournament next Thursday.

13. Irvine Valley (15-13) The Lasers will be a very experienced team and that should benefit them very early for the upcoming season. Irvine Valley returns seven players from a team that won 15 games last season. Irvine Valley had a solid non conference part to their season and will look to make a push for the post season. The Lasers begin the season at number thirteen and will open up their season at home against Cuyamaca on Tuesday.

14. Allan Hancock (12-17) The Bulldogs won 12 games a year ago but have a solid core coming back from last season. Hancock returns three players and will welcome in three transfers that will provide experience for the Bulldogs this upcoming season. Hancock begins the season at 14 and will be in action next Friday against College of the Sequoias at the Cuesta Tournament.

15. Cuesta (22-10) The Cougars round off our top 15 after going 22-10 a year ago. Cuesta will return four players from last seasons team and will look to have another standout season. The Cougars will be a team that could sneak up on people as the Cougars have a lot of international experience and have a chance to have another solid season. Cuesta will open up their season at number fifteen and open up their season against West Valley next Friday at home.

Signaling a Light: Santa Monica (18-9), Ventura (19-10), Long Beach (15-12), Mt. San Antonio (17-11), Palomar (15-9), Riverside (11-16), Barstow (8-17).

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