The conclusion of the NBA Finals is normally what most people call the end of basketball season. High schools and college action were done months ago.
However, basketball long ago became a year around sport. That includes the summer, where prep players can hone their games without having to go to school.
It’s also beneficial for coaches to get a chance work with their teams months before the season tips off.
“Summer league is important but not as much as in the past,” Southmoore coach Wes Brown said. “These days most if not all of these kids play on AAU teams anyway. So they’re playing a lot of ball. Our real work will start in August when school starts and then in November when our football players join us.”
Yet, Brown has liked what he’s seen from his SaberCats so far.
“Our team has had a decent summer so far,” Brown said. “We’re more or less just playing on instinct right now since I haven’t had time to get them all in the gym at one time.”
The SaberCats are coming off a season in which it made it to the regional tourney before seeing its year end. Even though they lost several upperclassmen, they are expecting to see Justin Bean return to the team after suffering a season ending knee injury.
But Bean has not been available to workout with Southmoore this summer.
“Our major injury of course was to Justin Bean at the end of the season with an ACL tear,” Brown said. “So that’s 19 points and 10 rebounds per game that we’re missing right now. Also one of our young big men, Dayne Taylor has had an ankle injury and we’ve really missed him. So we’re missing our size, 6-foot-6” and 6-foot-5”.