There are 3 major recruiting sites that every kid dreams of seeing their name on these 3 sites backed by major corporations 247 Sports (CBS), Rivals (Yahoo), and ESPN (Disney). Some influential names that work for these companies include Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Paul Biancardi, Corey Evans, and Eric Bossi.
The following players from Norcal reached national top 150 rankings from these 3 major sites. While rankings are cool acknowledgments to celebrate. Rankings are just opinions and sometimes a popularity contest. Many of today’s college and NBA stars were not ranked in high school. So for players that are not ranked, just use this as motivation.
Class of 2021
Isa Silva (Jesuit HS) – The highest ranked player from the 2021 class was featured on all 3 recruiting sites. Coming #23 (Rivals), #30 (247). #49 (ESPN). Isa is known for his great passing ability and broke out last season playing Compton. He earned an invite to the prestigious Pangos All-American camp. At Pango’s he solidified his top 100 status and gained over tens and thousand of Instagram followers in just 3 days. Before committing to Stanford, Isa was getting recruited by Arizona, USC, Arkansa, and Gonzaga.
Marsalis Roberson (Bishop O’Dowd) – Blew up this season earning Bay Area Player of the year and helped lead the Dragons to a Norcal Open Championship appearance. A strong slashing lefty plays well over the rim. With an improving jump shot many of the top west coast schools will be recruiting him senior season. Mars picked up offers from CAL, Nebraska, Rice, Loyola Marymount, UC Davis, and Northridge.
Class of 2022
Aidan Mahaney (Campolindo HS) – The hype around Aidan started before he was a high school. Aidan is ranked #47 (247 Sports) & #70 (Rivals). As a freshman, Aidan and his brother Carter led Campolindo to a D1 state championship and was on the verge winning a second state championship. As Campolindo advanced to the Norcal D1 Championship but the game was cancelled due to COVID-19. On the court, Aidan is a true point guard that score at all 3 levels and is now finishing above the rim with ease. Most importantly, he is one of the most competitive players we’ve seen on the court. Aidan currently holds offers from Arizona, Stanford,USF, CAL, Loyola Marymount, Hawaii, and more.
Jaylen Thompson (St. Joseph Notre Dame) – The 6’7 wing man is a silent assassin and ranked #52 (247 Sports) & #94 (Rivals). He doesn’t show emotion on the court and is straight business. Jaylen has a solid midrange game, a disrupter on the defensive end and runs the floor like a deer. Jaylen broke onto the national scene at the Pango’s All-West Camp. Where he earned top 30 honors and played against nationally recognized players like Mikey Willams, Khjani Wright, Dylan Andrews and more. At the Pangos camp is where he pick up his first offer to USC. Jaylen also has an offer from Stanford and heard from CAL, Washington, Arizona and St. Marys recently.
Chris Bunch (De La Salle) – A 6’6 scorer with an elite pull up all the way out to NBA range and improving ball handling skills to get to the rack. Chris is currently ranked #83 (247 Sports) & #101 (Rivals) Chris reeled in offers left and right last grassroots season and it has not stopped. Chris was recently invited to the NBA Top 100 camp but was cancelled due to COVID-19. He currently have offers from USC, Syracuse, Oklahoma St, Oklahoma , Florida St. and more.
Class of 2023
Jalen Lewis (Bishop O’Dowd) – Was recently ranked #2 in the class of 2023 on ESPN. At 6’8 Jalen is very skilled whether its facing up or with his back to the basket with the ability to shoot it from 3 consistently. Many compare Jalen to former Dragon great Ivan Rabb who was also ranked #1 on ESPN going into his sophomore year. Just like Jaylen, Jalen started his freshman season at the Pango’s All-West camp earning top 30 honors and Norcal Tip-Off MVP. He continued his great play for the Dragons helped the team reach the Norcal Championship game. Jalen currently holds offer from UC Davis, USC, Kansas, and CAL.