With June 15th steadily approaching, a slew of intriguing and young prospects are preparing to hit the hardwood at Basketball City in the Big Apple for their chance to impress the handful of D-League executives coming to town.
The minor league will hold its annual national tryout in just a couple of weeks, opening up the door for players from all walks of life and experiences to take such an opportunity by the horns.
Among those poised to fight for a shot and strut his stuff is SUNY Maritime alum Jermelle Fraser, a source tells RidiculousUpside.com.
Despite putting up modest numbers over the course of his collegiate career, Fraser spent part of this past season as a pro with KB Drita in the Kosovo Superleague.
And though he played quite well there (owning averages of 18.7 points and 3.9 assists) Fraser, like many up and coming prospects, quickly came to understand one of the risks to going overseas. While some of the more localized minor leagues (such as the D-League and IBL) are not able to offer much financial security up front, at least what you see is what you get.
Many young guns often venture overseas with a certain promise in mind, only to return home just as quickly due to a team's financial problems and/or an unfulfilled commitment.
Having since returned stateside for the offseason, Fraser will look to get the attention of those looking for D-League talent. A scrappy young gun, the 6'1" point guard is a fiery spark plug who likes to fight his way inside and finish at the basket.
Take a look below for some of his highlights from international competition.