The Shasta County Sports Top 25 boys basketball players are ranked, in a countdown format, based on varsity experience and potential impact for the upcoming season. Coaches’ opinions, statistics, postseason accolades, video highlights and the “eye test” were all factors in compiling the list.
The only teams included are in Shasta County — Anderson, Burney, Central Valley, Enterprise, Fall River, Foothill, Redding Christian, Shasta, U-Prep and West Valley. Some schools (Burney, Fall River and Redding Christian) have opted out of playing hoops this spring to not compete for athletes and other sports during the pandemic but we ranked those players as if they were going to have a season — to be fair to those who have earned the spot to be on the list.
The Top 25 Returning Players List is sponsored by Redding Rancheria, a proud partner of Shasta County Sports.
15. Royce Knoch | G | Fall River | Jr.
The multi-sport athlete showed his athleticism on the hardwood during Fall River’s bid for the Northern Section D-VI championship that came up just short. Knoch earned all-Shasta Cascade League honors and All-Shasta County Sports honorable mention during his sophomore season where he averaged 10 points, 4.6 rebounds, nearly three assists and four steals per night for the D-VI runner-up Bulldogs. He scored in double figures 13 times, dropping a season-high 20 points against Mount Shasta. Knoch won’t play this spring due to Fall River opting out of basketball but coach Scott Gallion expects him to return for his senior campaign.