Savannah's new ABA team holds final tryout

By DaShawn Brown - email

SAVANNAH (WTOC) – There's a new team in town.

The Savannah Storm, a semi-pro men's basketball team will kick off its inaugural season December 2010.

Saturday, the team, a part of the American Basketball Association (ABA), held its final open tryout for the seven remaining roster spots.  Team General Manager Ed DeVita told WTOC the team will suit-up 17 players this season.

"We're really excited about making a presence in the community as well as providing some quality basketball," DeVita said.  "With the teams we'll be bringing in, we know the level of competition will be really high."

The Storm now joins a 70-team league nationwide.  This season, Savannah will play against teams from Tampa, Orlando, Columbus, and the Bahamas, among others.

"It's a great opportunity, not just for me but for everybody out here," said Justin Gates, a senior at Georgia and former Providence Christian guard.

Former Windsor Forest guard Benjamin Chisholm Jr. described it as a "stepping stone."  It's also been an adjustment for players who've taken a break from the game.

"Some of the guys probably haven't been running during the offseason or during their break but it's good," Chisholm said.

"Hard work pays off."

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