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Golden Rams basketball league tips off next week

ASU men's basketball coach Chris Cameron is in his fourth year hosting the Golden Rams Summer Basketball League.

ASU men's basketball coach Chris Cameron is in his fourth year hosting the Golden Rams Summer Basketball League.

ALBANY — Albany State men’s basketball coach Chris Cameron has made a push this offseason to sign more players from Southwest Georgia.

Now he is working toward developing some of those future Southwest Georgia stars.

Cameron will host his annual Golden Rams Summer Basketball League for kids in 10th-grade and younger, and he said there is still time to register before next week’s deadline.

The league, which gives students a chance to compete as a team during the offseason, starts June 9 with a league-wide camp and ends July 22.

“There aren’t a lot of basketball opportunities in the summer time,” said Cameron, who is in his fourth year of running the league. “There are camps, but to play games during the summer is a huge advantage for kids, especially if you are trying to play ball at that next level. Our league is there for kids to get the extra work in and the extra confidence and skills to get to that next level.”

The camp will feature three divisions (6th-grade and under, 8th-grade and under and 10th-grade and under) and two skill levels (competitive and developmental) within each division.

The competitive level is for teams already formed, such as middle school teams or AAU squads. The developmental league is designed for individuals, who will be assigned to a team coached by an Albany State player.

The teams practice twice a week in ASU’s HPER Gym with time set aside for skill development and workouts and then play games each Saturday.

Team registrations are due by Tuesday, and individuals need to register by June 7. The cost for the league is $75 for an individual or $275 for an entire team.

League forms can be picked up at HPER Gym, or for more information call (229) 255-9509.