NBA D-LEAGUE TO HOLD NATIONAL TRYOUT IN LOUISVILLE, JUNE 24-26
NEW YORK, April 15, 2011 – The NBA Development League, the official minor league of the National Basketball Association, will hold its annual National Tryout at HOOPS in Louisville, Ky., from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26. The National Tryout will challenge several hundred NBA D-League hopefuls with full-court games on Saturday and Sunday. The Tryout enables participants to showcase their skills for NBA D-League player personnel executives, coaches and industry scouts with the hopes of gaining eligibility for the NBA D-League Draft in the fall.
"The NBA D-League's National Tryout gives talented young prospects a unique opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to team and league officials," said Chris Alpert, Vice President of NBA D-League Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. "Not only does it provide athletes a chance to showcase their skills, it also allows our teams to evaluate a high level of talent in a very competitive environment."
Of the players who participated in the 2010 National Tryout, three played in the NBA D-League this season, including Alex Smith, with the Reno Bighorns, and Alex Zampier, with the New Mexico Thunderbirds. Five players who participated in the 2009 National Tryout earned an NBA D-League roster spot in 2009-10, including Chris Ayer, who also appeared in 20 games with the Dakota Wizards during the 2010-11 season, averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 22.1 minutes.
The National Tryout also offers referee candidates the opportunity to be scouted and evaluated by NBA Referee Operations personnel with the potential to be selected to enter the NBA Development League officiating program. Referee participants in the National Tryout also will have the opportunity to receive direct feedback from a current NBA D-League game official during game-breakdown sessions. Of the referee participants in previous National Tryouts, 25 percent were identified as candidates to attend future NBA events. Please log onto and register at http://nbaofficials.com/ to receive further information regarding the opportunity for referees.
Players wishing to participate in this year's camp must be at least 18 years old and meet NBA D-League eligibility requirements. The application for the camp and the player release form can be downloaded from the league's official website at http://www.nba.com/dleague/2011_open_tryout.html. Those completed forms, along with a $650 money order, need to be received by the League office by June 3, 2011. The participation fee includes lodging for two nights, transportation between the hotel and gymnasium, breakfast each day and a uniform. All materials must be received by the deadline and completed in their entirety for the player to be considered for participation in the National Tryout. However, receipt of all necessary materials does not guarantee that any player will be given the chance to participate.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league's 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.