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Many high school basketball teams in the Bay Area had the chance to celebrate March 4 when the state announced that indoor sports can open back up for spring. One of these teams that is itching to get back on the court is Salesian.
Head coach William Melis’ team made it all the way to the state’s regional semifinals, winning 25 games while going undefeated in their league schedule.
Even with graduating seven seniors from that team, a good core of players are returning from that amazing 2020 team. The future looked bright until COVID-19 put a pause and limbo effect to high school basketball in the Bay Area. But after months of waiting and seeing football being able to return to the field, basketball is back at Salesian.
“I’m happy for the team mostly the seniors, don’t know how long the season is going to just yet but I am happy for the team,” Mellis said.
Mellis also knows not being able to coach his newcomers like a regular will be a challenge for them.
“We usually have summer practices where we get the new guys into the system and have them learn it, but we can’t do it this year so we will try to teach them during this period,” Mellis said.
Salesian’s seniors were once those freshmen trying to learn and grow in Mellis’ system, and it looks like it paid off for them.
While it might look a little different this year, they get to play the game they love. Many of these guys are future collegiate players who have received offers, most notably Demarshay Johnson, who has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at San Diego State.
Some newcomers the program is excited about are Emmerson Jones and Evan Goodwin, both sophomores who look to have key minutes this season. Junior Austin Johnson has already racked up offers from Northern Arizona and San Diego and looks to carry his successful sophomore campaign into his junior year.
With talent across the board, it’s a very exciting time for the Salesian basketball team. While Mellis knows they have to tone down a few things due to the lack of time and practice, he and his team are thankful for the opportunity to get back on the hardwood.
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