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Chavis Summer League Offers Hot Hoops

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RALEIGH — If you're a basketball player, the time to get better is in the summer. A great way to do that in this area is at the Chavis Summer League at St. Augustine's College.

There was a big crowd on hand at Emory Gymnasium Tuesday. The Toronto Raptor's Tracy McGrady was scheduled to play. He never showed. Such is the only negative about the Chavis League. There can be no denying the talent, however. Many an NBA star has played in the league, mixing it up with anyone who has a game.

"Not every guy in the league can play though," explained Chucky Brown of the Atlanta Hawks. "For the most part, you have a lot of guys who can play that you probably would have never heard of."

More than anything, the Chavis League allows guys the chance to compete and stay in shape. You never know who or when someone will call with a job offer.

"You don't want to sit at home and wait for a phone call," said former Raleigh Cougar Reggie Britt. "If you sit at home for two or three weeks and haven't done anything, you get a phone call. They want you to come over right away. That's the worst thing a professional athlete can do is go somewhere, especially a foreign country, out of shape. They'll send you home right away."

It's what the Chavis League has been all about for more than 20 years.

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Todd Gibson, Reporter
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