Ron Howard made the Fort Wayne Mad Ants out of open tryouts a few seasons back and he's now a successful professional basketball player.
Joey Meyer has been around the NBA Development League for quite awhile. The veteran head coach began his D-League career in 2001 with the now-defunct Asheville Altitude, where he wound up wining two championships, and he's been around ever since -- most recently at the helm of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the past three seasons.
Suffice it to say, Meyer has been a part of his fair share of open tryouts -- and he knows what he's looking for when they happen.
"In the 10 years I've been in the league, I'll bet you five of those years guys have made my opening-day roster," Meyer told the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. "Sometimes you find them. A lot of people come to the tryouts and say, ‘There's not that many good players.' Well, we're not looking to find 50. We're looking for a couple of good players."
Video of the interview, with what appears to be Steve Gansey working out Sean Sonderleiter, is embedded below.
The Mad Ants' local player open tryouts for the 2011-2012 season will be held on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd at the Wambsganss Gymnasium on the Concordia Theological Seminary campus in Fort Wayne. More information can be found here.