By Matt Caputo


It’s a sad truth that many talented players have no place to hoop after college. While many D-1 players can earn money at many levels of overseas basketball, the small college player has few options aside from the local men’s recreation leagues. With that in mind, we’ve listed the remaining open tryout dates for some minor league teams across the country.

First, a pair of D-League teams are holding tryouts in the home towns of their NBA affiliates. Second, the NPBL, a new Northeast based semi-pro league, has three teams hosting tryouts in the next week or so. The NPBL (National Professional Basketball League) is a great chance for guys to get entry level pro experience. Also, something called the Texas Basketball League is having tryouts in North Carolina. Go figure.

D-LEAGUE

ANAHEIM ARSENAL
October 26-27

Arsenal Announce 2nd Annual Local Player Tryout in Atlanta, GA

The Anaheim Arsenal are proud to announce local player tryouts will be held in Atlanta, GA on Friday and Saturday October 26 and 27, 2007 at Metro Fitness located at 1959 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 (http://www.metrofitga.org).

The Arsenal local player tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the Anaheim Arsenal coaching staff, including head coach Reggie Geary and assistant coach Dean Murray, where players will compete to earn an invitation to the team’s training camp, which will begin in November.

Applicants MUST pre-register by submitting the official registration, disclosure and release forms, in addition to a $125 non-refundable fee by October 23, 2007. Tryouts are limited to the first 75 players and payments can be made by CASH, MONEY ORDER or CREDIT CARD (Visa and Mastercard only). NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Application forms are available below.

PLEASE PRINT & COMPLETE FORMS @ nba.com/dleague/anaheim/.

MAIL FORMS W/ REGISTRATION FEE OF $125 TO:
198 W. CERRITOS AVENUE, BUILDING 5
ANAHEIM, CA 92805
Fax Number: (714) 635-4661
MONEY ORDERS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO ANAHEIM BASKETBALL LLC

TULSA 66ers
October 27

The NBA Development League’s Tulsa 66ers as hosting an open tryout for their ‘07-’08 roster at The City College of New York on Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 9:00am. This marks the first time a D-League team has held tryouts in the market of its NBA affiliate.

Registration fees are $150 per player, and are due by 5pm EST on October 26 in the form of credit card and money order only. For forms, contact the 66ers office at (918) 585-8444, or online at www.tulsa66ers.com.

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NPBL


NEW JERSEY MONARCHS

October 27

New Jersey Monarchs Set To Schedule Free Agent Tryout!

The New Jersey Monarchs are scheduling their free agent tryout for October 27th, 2007 in New York. If you are the player that have a strong passion for the game, a team player, a leader on and off the court, and can help the team win the 2008 NPBL Championship! The Monarchs are interested in you.

All players that attend the free agent tryout will be put through a series of offense and defensive drills. The coaching staff will be on hand evaluating each player. Space is limited, so an early registration is highly encouraged. The Monarchs will only select the best players to be invited to their training camp; so come prepared to play. Early registration fee for the tryout is $75 certified check or money order if received before the October 13th deadline. A $125 registration fee is required after the deadline and on the day of the tryout in Cash Only! Interested players are encouraged to contact the NJ Monarchs for a free agent tryout packet.

Players can contact the Monarchs via email at: info@njmonarchs.com. The free agent tryout is being held at the Brewster Sports Center, Brewster, NY.

HUDSON VALLEY HAWKS
October 28

The Hudson Valley Hawks will be hosting open tryouts for
the 2008 season. Tryouts will be held at the Golds Gym in LaGrange, NY (Poughkeepsie), from 1-4 pm. Registration fee is $100 per player. Pre-register now by calling the Hawks home office at 845-231-2317 or come early, and register on Ocotber 28th at Golds Gym.

The 2007 NPBL Champion Hawks are in the market for the best possible talent in the Hudson Valley. If you have what it takes to bring your basketball career to the next level; we would like to speak to you. You must be over the age of 18 and have a minimum of High School playing experience. We can be reached at our office at (845) 231-2317 or email us at: infohvhawks@yahoo.com. .

The official 2008 NPBL season starts March 1st. The Hawks will be hosting a free agent tryout in late October 28, 2007. “We are looking forward to another great season in the NPBL as well as the challenge of keeping the championship title here in the Hudson Valley. We are the first pro-basketball team to bring a title to the area and we plan on keeping it here,” says Tim Gines, Director of Basketball Operations.

NEW YORK STRIKEFORCE
November 17

Strikeforce Host 2nd Free Agent Tryout!
The New York Strikeforce are hosting their second free agent tryout. If you have what it takes to be a CHAMPION, the Strikeforce wants you. The Strikeforce wants that diamond-in-the-rough, are you that player?.

On November 17th, 2007, registration will start at 4:30pm sharp. The work will begin at 5:00pm at Clarkstown North High School, 151 Congers Road, New City, NY
HOW MUCH: $100 Non-Refundable registration fee in cash or money order only!

All players must obtain a free agent packet prior to tryout. Please contact Gloria D. Hill, Director of Basketball Operation via email at: ghill@nystrikeforce.com / (914) 368-2723.

TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Texas Basketball League Announces First Ever Regional Basketball Tryouts

Greensboro, NC — The Texas Basketball League is preparing for the league’s first ever regional basketball tryout camp next Saturday at the YCMA of Greater High Point (Central Family Branch) in High Point, NC. Players from all over the region, and all over the country, have registered for this event. The response and level of interest in the camp has been tremendous, according to Texas Basketball League’s principle owner Benjamin Brinkley.

“We’ve had over 70 players register thus far for the tryout, which is fantastic and gives us a great pool of talent from which to draw,” explained Brinkley. Players have registered for the camp from as far away as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida.

Registration and sign-ins will be between 10am until 12 noon on next Saturday. The players hit the court from 2pm-6pm.with drills and then eventually the players will be broken down into teams and scrimmage each other. When the camp wraps up at 6 pm, all players will be selected to participate in the Texas Basketball League’s training camp on Wednesday, November 7, 2007.

Pre-registration ends Thursday, November 1st, 2007 at midnight, so all interested players, who haven’t done so already, are encouraged to go online and email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com and pre-register. Pre-registered players will pay a $50 tryout fee while players who register at the door will pay $100.

For out of area players, Piedmont Triad International Airport is conveniently served by Delta Airlines. For hotel reservations, please call the Crestwood Suites at 2860 N. Main Street, High Point, North Carolina directly if you need a reservation. Phone number: 336-886-5667

The next regional basketball tryout will be held in New York, NY, followed by Miami, Florida, Phoenix, AZ, Kansas City, MO and Houston, TX. If you are interested in attending any of the regional basketball tryouts, please contact us at:

For more information call (336) 790-6193 or visit http://usbasket.com/TBL/TBL.asp, or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com