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Open Tryouts

You might still be able to go pro after all!

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.


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/.

Fax Number: (714) 635-4661

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.




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.

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.

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 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

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  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    10 years ago, I would have been ridin’ out. Damn old age!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    White Hot: What do you do for a living? and does your boss know how much time you spend on the SLAM site?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I’m my own boss, Caputo. I’d be telling on myself.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    that’s the only way to be!

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Yeah, school paid off for me, just not in the exact way I would have wanted it.

  • Ben Hogan

    Hell yeah me too, and I live about 35 minutes from Greensboro. But age, weed, and work done caught up to me by now. Im sure I could still go over there and critique pretty well though.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    eboy – I keep trying to comment on this post, but for some reason it won’t get through. The comment is entirely at your expense, but may be the best thing ever written. Trust me, you are missing out.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I’m so glad I’m not prvy to it, Bodie.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    From the mind of a nitwit comes incomplete thoughts.

  • bakers’ dozen (12-13)

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    What tryout are you going to, Caputo?

  • RedRum

    Can I try our by post or email? UK is tooo far…

  • http://hotmail Jeremy

    Hi my name is Jeremy McNish, I am a 6’5.5 wing foward, I am looking to play professional basketball, I have played basketball all my life, I played at Leesburg High School, I was a member of the the Men’s basketball team. I also have semi-pro experience, I was a member of the Texas Redhawks(folded) and I played in a Men’s semi-pro league in Hawaii, I avareged 14 pts and 8 rbs. I am looking for that chance, I give it 100% all the time, and I am a winner. Is there anyway you could help me find a team, or do you know of any teams or coaches that may be interested? thanks,Jeremy

  • http://slam.com Ashlee Cooks

    I am getting ready to graduate college and I want to play professional Womens Basketball when I get out. Is there any way that you can send me any information about any Women’s league teams holding open tryouts. I have great talent and I do not want it to go to waste.

    Yours Sincerly,

    Ashlee J Cooks

  • Peter

    Hi, I`m 6`9″. I am looking to play basketball. I have just moved from Poland where I did play in couple teams. I`ve played in couple international tournaments. I`m very flexible and willing to move to play. Waiting for quick response. Thank`s

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517676211 Javon Saulter

    When are the new tryouts
    I havent played much above college and im eager to find out whether i am ment to play at the nba level i know i have what it takes but i dont have the contact that i once had to be seen if any has any infor for me please contact me at j_saulter@hotmail.com
    im 6’6” I can jump out the gym and shoot all day long

  • http://slam.com Ashlee Cooks

    Well that time is here and I have been on the grind trying to find all the opportunities I can for professional women’s basketball I would greatly appreciate any information you might i have to that regard. Like I said I have great talent and I want to utilize it so if anyone has any info. please contact cooksj@friends.edu. Thank you Ashlee J Cooks

  • valentine

    I want to know when to tryout for a team I want to push myself and see what I can do

  • Jessie

    I am a 6’0 PG/ SG looking to play pro ball somewhere weather it be in the states o overseas. If anyone knows of anything email me at scottjessie32@hotmail.com

  • outersport

    Looking for oversea basketball opportunity email outersport@yahoo.com

  • http://pnc712@yahoo.com Kendall

    need information for 2009 tryouts-I live in Atlanta

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  • Xavier Brown

    i am a 5:9 point guard love the sport want to get my chance to show i have what it takes i just moved to North Carolina and i am trying make a name for my self where can i find a place to try out for a semi pro team or a practice squad to the pros.

  • Spencer Perri

    I am a 6’6 shooting guard or small foward I played at Eastern Kentuky University. I am looking for the opportunity to keep playing the game that I love. I am very athletic player that just needs the right looks to make it to the next level.

  • Spencer Perrin

    I am a 6’6 shooting guard or small foward I played at Eastern Kentuky University. I am looking for the opportunity to keep playing the game that I love. I am very athletic player that just needs the right looks to make it to the next level.

  • jamarcus white

    i am a 6’0 point guard also a shooting guard i can do it all i haven’t played college level but i know i can play on a college level also pro level i play basketball everyday i love to play the game but i need a tryout to move to the next level

  • http://facebookxavierroshonporter xavier porter

    I’m 6 – 5 212 from charlotte north carolina play at the ymca and park all over charlotte great rebounder powerful and can guard 2,3, and I play 2 hard worker on and off the court. Cell phone number is 9806132648 xavier porter

  • eric payne

    Im eric a 5’9 point guard and shooting guard im from lexington nc i played some college ball for dccc
    I want to take my talent to another level i played semi pro football now i want to try and play semi pro basketball

  • scottie

    i’m 5’6 i am just gifted my mom and dad were playing basketball when she went into labor on the court.i’m not cocky it’s just i know what i can do and a chance would be nice