L.A. Daily News boys basketball Top 10 rankings, Nov. 27


(Records through Sunday, Nov. 26)

1. Harvard-Westlake (4-0): The reigning CIF State Open Division champs are off to an undefeated start this season with a 45-point average margin of victory in four games. The Wolverines will have a big test Tuesday night against undefeated La Mirada (7-0).

2. Sierra Canyon (4-0): The Trailblazers are loaded with talent, including seniors Noah Williams, Justin Pippen and Isaiah Elohim. Bryce James recently returned to the team and is eligible to play immediately.

3. Notre Dame (4-0): Senior guard Mercy Miller is the real deal. He was a big part of the Knights’ CIF State Division 1 title run last year and will continue to lead the team this season. Notre Dame and Campbell Hall will meet on Dec. 6 in what should be a competitive game.

4. Crespi (5-0): The Celts are a young and exciting team, led by sophomore Joe Sterling and junior Peyton White. Freshmen brothers Isaiah and Carter Barnes are already making solid contributions as well. Crespi has noteworthy wins thus far against Village Christian, Saugus and Windward.

5. West Ranch (1-2): The Wildcats turned heads last season by earning a CIF-SS Open Division berth. They’ll look to return to similar form this year, led by senior James Evans, a UNLV commit. West Ranch is eyeing another league title and will start Foothill League play Wednesday night against a senior-laden and gritty Castaic team (4-0).

6. Westlake (4-0): The Warriors are off to a blazing start with junior Austin Maziasz leading the way, but will have their work cut out for them in the Marmonte League. Westlake last topped its league in the 2019-20 season.

7. St. Francis (5-1): Head coach Todd Wolfson always has the Golden Knights prepared, especially in the tough Mission League. St. Francis is loading up on nonleague competition to prepare itself for the league gauntlet later this season. Junior Mazi Mosley and sophomore DeLan Grant lead the charge for this team.

8. Thousand Oaks (4-1): Don’t sleep on the Lancers. The duo of Elias Chin and Trent MacLean have been lights out for Thousand Oaks so far this year. The Lancers already have big wins over St. Bonaventure and Valencia, and will be in the running for the Marmonte League crown.

9. Heritage Christian (3-2): The Warriors went out of state to get a taste of competition outside of California. They return to face Redondo and JSerra in the first week of December. Keep an eye on the junior trio of Dillan Shaw, Tae Simmons and Roman Fisher.

10. Campbell Hall (0-2): David Grace has taken over as head coach this season and will try to bring the Vikings back to prominence in the highly-competitive Gold Coast League. A tough matchup against Notre Dame is on the docket in early December.

Honorable mention: Calabasas (6-0), Chaminade (5-1), St. Bonaventure (2-2), Valencia (3-2), Village Christian (3-2).

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