Savannah summer basketball league gives ballers a chance to grow

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — For more than two decades, host city high school basketball players have gathered in the Savannah High School gymnasium during the summer to test each other.

This tradition continued this year.

The Savannah Summer Basketball League opened its doors to public high school teams across the city for competition. Two simultaneous matches take place on side-by-side courts for three sessions each night. Public schools like Sol C. Johnson High School share the land with private schools like Benedictine.

Some of the kids also play travel basketball, but the time and cost of an AAU team means that option isn’t open to everyone. The Savannah Summer League aims to ensure that high quality basketball is available to kids who can’t get it anywhere else.

“We have a lot of talent in Savannah,” Johnson’s head coach Chuck Campbell said. “A lot of people don’t know this, but Savannah is a basketball town. Our kids have the opportunity, instead of traveling, to stay home and play some good basketball in their own backyard.

Although games were not played with a shot clock, all GHSA contests will begin with the 2022-’23 season.

“The shot clock is definitely something that’s needed in high school basketball,” Benedictine head coach Frank Williams said. “They use the shot clock in college and beyond. As for the change, it’s likely going to benefit elite scores and elite defenses.

Savannah High School will host Summer League on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m. through June. Tickets are $2 and concessions are available.

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