The NBA Development League’s annual National Tryout returns to New York City’s Basketball City on Sunday, August 14. But while it will still offer nearly 200 pro basketball hopefuls a chance to perform in front of NBA D-League player personnel executives, coaches, and industry scouts, this year’s tryout comes with a revamped format.
Recent National Tryouts have featured up to 220 players attending via the open registration process. This year, the event will be divided into a morning session with about 115 of those open registration players and an afternoon session with up to 50 players invited by the league.
Standouts from the morning session will advance to the afternoon session to compete against the invitees — selected from a pool of college, Summer League and/or Portsmouth Invitational Tournament prospects. The day will feature a total of 20 scrimmage games.
“We’re excited to try a new format this year in an effort to continue to improve and develop the National Tryout in a way that allows us to serve both aspiring prospects and the NBA D-League teams,” said Brad Walker, the league’s new head of basketball operations.
Players participating in the tryout will vie for the chance to be offered a contract to become eligible for the NBA D-League Draft this fall. Two National Tryout participants in the past, Dwight Buycks and Dennis Horner, achieved the ultimate goal of eventually reaching the NBA.