September 9, 2015
One of a slew of returnees coming back for a Sergeant Bluff-Luton team that was 12-11 last season, Keegan Savory has made himself into one of the more underrated juniors in the state.
The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 8.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season as a starter for the Warriors, and spent his spring and summer playing with South Dakota program Dakota Schoolers.
He’s used his early exposure to generate some initial interest from area programs.
“I’ve gotten a few letters, but nothing too serious yet,” said Savory. “Mount Marty (SD) has sent me some stuff, Dordt has, and then I’ve talked to Briar Cliff this summer in June. I’ve also seen some stuff from Dakota Wesleyan (SD).”
While running with Dakota Schoolers 16U this offseason, Savory says he was an energy guy, who focused on defense and getting to the hoop.
“Probably where I saw the most improvement was on offense getting to the basket. I thought I was the energy guy, I played some good defense and played my role on offense, I didn't force or anything,” said the 6-foot-1 guard.
“I wouldn’t classify myself as a point guard, I bring the ball up sometimes, but it’s not my main position. I’m more of a shooting guard really. I think my strengths are getting to the basket and then finding my jump-shot after that. I like to get to the hole, slash to the basket, and find easy ways to score.”
“I probably still need to improve on shooting off the dribble, that's something I’ll be working on the next two years.”
As he heads into his junior season with a team that returns all of its starters from a season ago, Savory says his role will increase from last season, and it’s state or bust for the 3A darkhorse.
“My role this year will be to score a little more, and to be more of an offensive threat,” said Savory. “And our goal is to hopefully get to Wells Fargo (Arena). We had three or four team camps this summer in June, and we have really good team chemistry. We like to talk about getting to state, but we realize how difficult it is to get there”