6- LaSalle Academy (4-0)- A school with a tremendous basketball history, LaSalle seem to very much be among NYC's top teams in Class A this season again as they have impressive road wins already on the season against the likes of All Hallows and Msgr. McClancy, while also pulling in a strong non-league win on Sunday when the Cardinals defeated St. John's College Prep of Washington D.C. 61-50 at the Lions Den Classic in Brooklyn. Carlos Lorenzo and Tyler Perlmutter are both averaging over 16 points per game so far in this young season, and with a home game on Tuesday against Cardinal Spellman to come, it gives them both another pre-Christmas opportunity to show what they can do.
7- KIPP NYC College Prep (6-0)- A team who is just building its basketball name are the Bulldogs who have started this season undefeated, steamrolling their Bronx A2 competition. KIPP have gone on the road and gotten quality wins over Bronx Science and Walton, while dominating the competition at home winning their 3 home games by an average of 29 points. Zahir Caldwell has been the engine that makes the Bulldogs go so far this season, and KIPP will hope that continues into 2022 when the schedule picks back up for them.
8- William Grady (6-1)- A longtime Coney Island area power, Grady looks to have turned a corner as they are among the very best in Class A this year behind the play of Mosi Clayton and Tyee Clayton. Both Clayton's have played both inside and outside in this season so far which has allowed them to defeat John Dewey and Fort Hamilton in impressive fashion. Their lone defeat as a 12 point setback at top Class AA school Susan Wagner, a game that was a single digit contest until very late. Grady will hope to keep up the solid play this week as before Christmas here they will take on Dewey and Uncommon Charter on Monday and Wednesday respectively.
9- Nazareth (2-0)- It's only been two games so far for the Kingsmen but those two games have said a lot about what Nazareth could be this season. They have gone on the road in both and taken down both St. Edmund Prep and Msgr. McClancy, handily in both by double digits each time. Gary Ervin, one of NYC's all-time greats, is the head coach these days at Nazareth, and with a lot of young and improving talent now on the court for him you can expect great things ahead. A big test comes on Thursday when Nazareth hosts Chaminade from Long Island in an intriguing showdown.
10- DeWitt Clinton (7-0)- Having taken care of business at home with 6 of their first 7 at home, a tough one awaited Clinton in their first road test when they went to Lehman this past Wednesday. That test was passed with flying colors though as DeWitt Clinton looked their best in that one as 5 Governors were in double figures led by the 19 points of Jason Coachman as Clinton took a 68-53 victory. Monday should see another tricky matchup when the Governors host Roosevelt Educational, but a Wednesday road date with Columbus finishes their pre-Christmas schedule.
11- Louis Brandeis (8-0)- There are already a number of really nice wins on the resume of the Bulldogs as they took down Randolph 76-68 in game that saw Dylan Crooke have a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brandeis has also knocked off FDA and George Washington in games that are considered quality wins for the Bulldogs. The toughest week of the season to date comes up now for Brandeis as they go to Graphics Campus on Monday before coming home on Wednesday to host LaGuardia.
12- Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (6-0)- An up and coming team in Manhattan A1, the Titans look to be the main challengers to Bergtraum's reign atop the PSAL in Manhattan. Road wins over Stuyvesant, Norman Thomas, and Elenor Roosevelt have proven Bayard Rustin to be a formidable foe in the PSAL as Eugene Benn has been a major playmaker and go o force for the Titans. The game of the Manhattan A1 season may take place this Tuesday when Rustin hosts Murry Bergtraum in what could be considered the Class A game of the week. That will be followed by a Thursday road game at Seward Park.
13- Beacon (8-2)- We have to admit we had Beacon at 7-1 and ranked them 13th in Class A in NYC before finding out about their loss to Baruch College Campus on Saturday. They did rebound with a win over Bronx Science on Sunday, and do hold a win over our #1 Class B team in Community Health Academy of the Heights so the talent and potential is most certainly still there for the Blue Demons. Graham Allen has been the go to guy for Beacon so far this season with a 14.5 points per game average as he will try to lead the Blue Demons to a win on the road on Monday against a tough George Washington team.
14- Lehman (4-1)- After starting out the 2021-2022 season with 3 wins, the Lions slipped up in a 68-53 loss to DeWitt Clinton. The question was how would Lehman respond 48 hours later against a tough Evander Childs team. That question was answered in exactly the way they had hoped as Jalen Elfe had 19 points and 9 assists in a 55-51 win over Childs. It was a great response from a Lehman team with big hopes this year. To close out their 2021 portion of the schedule the Lions will go to Columbus on Monday before hosting Roosevelt Educational on Wednesday.
15- Benjamin Banneker (5-2)- Another team who we put into our rankings before getting a Sunday result, Banneker fell hard on Sunday at the Lions Den Classic against Long Island Class AA power Brentwood, but still the Warriors continue to show that against Class A competition they are truly among the best. Getting wins in Brooklyn A5 league play against the likes of Dr. Susan McKinney, Brooklyn Tech, and at Harry Van Arsdale shows that led by Jamier Nowell, the Warriors can compete with anyone. Banneker will host our NYC #2 ranked Class A team in Transit Tech on Tuesday in what is another marquee pre-Christmas contest.
16- Evander Childs (4-1)- Coming out of the gate strong with 4 straight wins, including a 1 point win over Walton in a game where Ricardo Dixon had 25 points, it looked as if the Tigers were well on their way to big things. They slipped up with a 55-51 defeat to Lehman on Friday though, sending Child into the loss column for the first time this season. One more home game will close out the Tigers 2021 calendar when they host Alfred E. Smith on Monday afternoon in the Bronx.
A. Philip Randolph (6-1)
Brooklyn H.S. for Law and Technology (7-3)
Fort Hamilton (7-1)
Graphics Campus (7-1)
St. Joseph by the Sea (2-3)
1- Community Health Academy of the Heights (10-1)- For a number of years Community Health were amongst he standard bearers and the best of the best in Class B in the PSAL. A couple of years where they fell off just a little bit came more recently but here the Phoenix have risen again and are #1 in our first set of Class B rankings for NYC. CHAH have scored over 100 points three times already, and over 90 two more times on top of that. The lowest they have scored against a league opponent is 83 while also holding key non-league wins over Maspeth, South Bronx Prep, and Stuyvesant. Their lone loss was a 2 point road defeat at Beacon of the A Division which is why John Harrington and the rest of the Phoenix are so highly thought of. Wednesday will see CHAH host Gregorio Luperon in a Manhattan B2 matchup.
2- Poly Prep (4-0)- The last time a NYSAIS Class B title game was played it was Poly Prep lifting the hardware. A lot has changed since then as head coach Ben Kettering is gone, as is their star from that team in Max Ragusa. Edgar De La Rosa is the man in charge now, and with a young and hungry team they have come out of the gate strong with convincing Packer and Horace Mann in league play. This week will see the Blue Devils go into non-league action when on Tuesday they take on Franklin D. Roosevelt in their final tilt prior to the Christmas break.
3- BCAM (5-1)- When you only loss is to one of the best in Class A in Paul Robeson, and you have quality wins over the likes of Fannie Lou Hamer and Summit Academy, you know you have a contender for the Class B crown in the PSAL, and that's exactly the resume right now that the Lions from BCAM have. Earl Morgan has been a scoring machine for BCAM as he has 3 games over 30 points so far for the Lions on the season, including 35 in their win over Brooklyn Collaborative. A couple PSAL Brooklyn B3 games await this week for the Lions as on Tuesday they will host Clara Barton, before closing 2021 out on Thursday on the road at a very good Brooklyn College Academy.
4- Berkeley Carroll (3-0)- While it may be a bit of a shock to some to the Lions ranked this highly, their body of work as a team so far this season speaks for itself as they are showing to be a true contender for a NYSAIS title. Berkeley Carroll knocked off Riverdale and Packer in solid wins to open the season, but it was last Monday's 60-57 victory over Dwight School that really had to open the eyes of many as to how good this years Lions team is, and can be. Taro Zimmerman is a quality guard in the backcourt for the Lions as he has helped propel them to what is one of the schools best starts to the season in years. Berkeley Carroll is now off until 2022 when they will hope to continue playing great basketball.
5- Maspeth (5-1)- It's beginning to look like another year where Maspeth just rolls though any sort of Queens B competition put in front of them as the Argonauts have rolled past Academy of American Studies and Energy Tech so far this season with Alex Weremiuk leading the way in both games scoring for Maspeth as the sophomore is averaging over 17 points a game this season to date. Maspeth did fall on Friday on the road to Community Health Academy in a big Class B PSAL non-league matchup but they will look to right the ship again before Christmas here when they take on Renaissance on Tuesday and then Newcomers on Thursday.
6- Fannie Lou Hamer (7-2)- The class of Class B for many years now in the PSAL under head coach Marc Skelton, the Panthers are again looking like a true contender as they have rolled past Bronx B3 competition with ease, dominating the likes of Hyde Leadership and Archimedes/Maleska. They did have a slip up in the non-league against another Class B PSAL title contender in BCAM along with a AA PSAL School in Gompers, but under Skelton's leadership, and the play of talented guard Khalil Lloyd, make no mistake about it, Fannie Lou will be a team to watch, and a team to reckon with the rest of the way. This week here will see the Panthers square off on Wednesday against their big rivals from South Bronx Prep, before getting Bronx Early College Academy on Thursday.
7- Dwight School (4-1)- Having one of the top players in Class B, and quite possibly all of New York State on your team will always make things. Bit easier for Dwight who have the intimidating presence of 6'8" big man Richard Nweke inside. He has helped lead the Lions to a 4-1 start with a nice win coming over Collegiate School to start the year off. They did fall to Berkeley Carroll last Monday for their first loss of the year, but with Nweke and a very talented supporting cast as well, it will be easy to see Dwight School standing tall at the end of the season. This week will see the Lions playing in the Hackley Tournament starting on Monday where they will face off with Brunswick School of Connecticut before getting either Hackley or Masters on Tuesday.
8- Achievement First (3-0)- It's been just three games but winning by scores of 106-27, 85-32, and 99-46 shows that this Achievement team means business. Ryan Belardo is averaging 21 points a game to lead Achievement but they have five players averaging 12 or more a game showing that the overall scoring prowess for them to contend and compete with anyone in the B Division is absolutely there. Monday will have Achievement First play what looks to be there toughest game of the season to date when they go to EBC/Bushwick Leaders, and that will be followed up on Wednesday with a home date against Teachers Prep.
9- The Scholars Academy (8-0)- Among the more impressive resumes so far in the B Division, Scholars has a pair of quality wins against AA competition as they have knocked off Beach Channel and McKee/Staten Island Tech so far in non-league action. They also have a win over A power Brooklyn Law and Tech meaning their placement here at #9 could be considered a bit low. If they keep up this type of play though it will be easy to see head coach Brett Tawil and his Seawolves move up the rankings fast. Next up for Scholars Academy will be a Monday home date with Queens School of Inquiry, and then on Wednesday to finish out 2021 it will be a road contest at Robert F. Kennedy.
10- Trinity School (6-0)- The Tigers have been easily among the best in NYC in Class B so far this season earning themselves a spot in our Top 10. They have quality wins over Collegiate, Fieldston, and Xavier, a quality CHSAA Class A Division team that Trinity beat by 21 points. Drew Morris has been the man so far early in this season for the Tigers as he has been a strong inside/outside presence, but depth has been key as well for a well rounded Trinity team. They are off now for the rest of 2021 but when the Tigers hit the court again to start 2022 the expectation is surely more big things to come.
Albert Tuitt Educational Campus (5-0)
Bard H.S. Early College (7-0)
Baruch College Campus (7-0)
Lab Museum United (4-0)
Townsend Harris (9-1)