Oddly enough, hoops season is here … in late spring … and begins Tuesday in Shasta County.
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.
Today, we start by releasing the first five and count down to No. 1 on Tuesday.