Of course, the summer isn't just for preparing for the fall sports season. Winter and spring sports season camps are just as prevalent. The Maywood-Hayes Center Boy's Basketball team finds itself in a position that many other teams are in.
They return some solid experience, but there are some big holes to fill including three starters.
"It's definitely been a learning curve for them. We knew we obviously had to replace three starters...we knew we had some kids definitely capable of doing that," said head coach Kolby Hamilton.
But, the Wolves do return a pair of players that are some of the best in the conference and in Class D with seniors Haydn Farr and Jeremiah Ingison. Ingison was the Wolves' leading scorer last season with 16 points per game and six rebounds. Farr, averaged nearly 11 points per game and six boards.
Obviously, there is still plenty of time to get healthy, but both of them have battled some injuries this summer. Hamilton mentioned a shoulder issue for Ingison during a football camp a couple of weeks back. And for Farr, he was hurt at a summer basketball camp and had surgery on his meniscus. "Anywhere from 4-8 weeks, just depending on how fast he heals," said Hamilton.
Kolby said it's not a great situation but, even more, younger guys step up and play in summer league and in camps.
Yes, basketball season is still quite a ways out, but the Wolves look poised to be one of the top teams in the RPAC once again this season.