The Eastern Basketball League maintained its status as the premier circuit as it began its tenth season of competition. The Camden Skeeters took the championship of both halves of the split season with a team that combined the Skeeters’ traditionally powerful offense with a new dedication to defense. Youngsters Dave Kerr and Neil Deighen were both strong, mobile defenders. Veteran center Eddie Donlin had few equals at directing plays off the tip-off. Fourteen-year veteran Roy Steele remained the league’s best all-around player. Always a strong defender, he turned his ball-handling and passing skills to running Camden’s highly disciplined passing attack. During the war years Steele had returned to his home in Pittsburgh to play with a team in Wilmerding, just outside the city. During this time, he discovered a young player by the name of James “Soup” Campbell, who possessed astonishing natural instincts for the game. In his rookie season in the EBL, Campbell became an instant star with his strong shooting and pinpoint passing.