The D-League season is less than two months away. The minor league's player draft will creep up upon us even sooner than that. With that in mind, just about each and every NBADL team has either begun, or announced plans for open tryouts, a process that allows a club to seek out potential diamonds in the rough and retain them for training camp.
Though the Westchester Knicks hosted an open tryout last fall, prior to the organization's inaugural season, they apparently changed things up this time around. Instead of holding an open tryout where any aspiring D-League athlete could have paid their way in and competed, the team opted to hold a private workout this past Sunday, RidiculousUpside.com has learned.
The session was invite-only, with Knickerbocker brass hand-picking who they wanted to have a closer look at. Approximately 40-45 potential prospects made up the group of well-known local talents and others. As the day progressed, one source asserted that the group was narrowed down to about sixteen players as competition became more intense and the day went on to conclude.
While Westchester is yet to officially introduce or reveal Austin Spurs' assistant Mike Miller as their new head coach, it's been widely reported for over a month now. He was, in fact, present at this past weekend's tryout session, as were the likes of D-League General Manager Allan Houston and Director of Basketball Operations Joel Abelson, among others.
Regardless of how wide team officials are choosing to cast their net in hopes of reeling in potential talent (some "open" tryouts can attract up to approximately 100 participants), there's no doubt such a tryout process works. Last fall, the likes of Marcus Ginyard and JR Iman were among those to impress at their respective session and then go on to play for Westchester during the season.