Boys BB: Introducing 2027 Class

Gene Roebuck (left) of La Mirada was arguably the most impactful freshman in SoCal hoops this season and checks in at No. 3 in the initial 2027 Top 25. He’s pictured with 2025 Hot 100 teammate Julien Gomez. Photo: Greg Stein/Prep Hoops.

Our boys basketball coverage for Gold Club VIPs continues with a first look at the state’s top ninth-graders. The freshman (2027) class has good talent at the top already making a big impact, but it’s still too early to tell how it will stack up to the hot tracking 2026 class. Some in this group are already mature and it’s important to keep that in mind when projecting future success, especially for post players who often develop later. Some of the state’s better freshmen also don’t contribute right away on varsity teams because they are part of strong programs with veteran players.  

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The first Class of 2027 Cal-Hi Sports Top 25  for the 2023-24 school year in boys hoops is based on evaluations from this past summer’s NCAA viewing periods, non-viewing showcases since August, middle school events over the past year and the current high school season prior to the playoffs.

The baseline of where we begin with each prospect begins with high school basketball, so keep that in mind when you view the initial rankings for the 2027 class because most played less than a season of regulation varsity basketball when these rankings were done. These rankings will expand as we see more varsity games the rest of this season through the CIF state finals and will change over time as players develop and new ones emerge in the next six months. Cal-Hi Sports realizes some talented ninth graders sit behind talented upperclassmen, while a select few remain in junior high this school year. We also realize not every 2027 prospect participated in showcase events the past six months, in last summer’s NCAA viewing periods or with their high school team this season and we might not have yet had an opportunity to evaluate them. That’s why we limit this list to 25 players.

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