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2020-21 Boys Basketball Player Rankings: Nos. 3-5

The annual ‘Top 25’ previews the players to watch for the 2021 basketball spring season

Graphic by Aaron Williams/Shasta County Sports

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.

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5. Jacob Singleton | F | Shasta | Sr.

Shasta’s Jacob Singleton. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Singleton was a little like “one of those other guys” in the Jackson 5. While all the attention was on guys like JT Beasley, Dilraj Sahota, Simon Turner or Armal Dhinsa, all Singleton did was quietly finish third on the Wolves in scoring at 10.6 points per night. And on a team filled with guys who could fill the bucket, that’s saying something. But unlike the others who handled the rock, “Panda” as he’s known, earned most of his buckets down low with either nifty low-post moves or offensive putbacks. Blessed with amazing hands and surprisingly quick get-up, Singleton is almost automatic inside five feet. With most of the other scorers graduated, look for Panda to step into the spotlight this season.

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