On a budget, the 85mm is a fantastic basketball lens. I used it with my 30D and 7D before saving up for the 70-200 and it was very good. Primes are a little limiting but 85 is good for most basketball shots. (I shot from behind and about 10-15 feet to the right of the basket.)
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In my case, for a college level team, the 70-200 f/4 also was usable but this may not be true in a HS gym. If price was no option I prefer the 70-200 f/2.8 for its versatility.
Canon 6D - Canon 7D - 15-85mm IS - Sigma 30mm ƒ/1.4 - 40mm ƒ/2.8 STM - 50mm ƒ/1.8 II - 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS
- 70-200mm ƒ/4L IS