NBA D-League National Tryout Players Making Immediate Impact

By Jack Maloney | January 30, 2017

Last summer, the annual NBA D-League National Tryout took on a new format. In years past, the tryout was an open registration process, with typically about 200 players participating. This time around, the tryout was separated into two sessions, beginning first with the open registration players, followed by a second session that included standouts from the first group along with about 50 players invited by the league.

Thus far, the new format looks to be a rousing success, as 33 of the participants were drafted in the NBA D-League Draft a few months ago, and 14 are currently playing for NBA D-League squads. Four National Tryout participants went on to attend NBA training camp later in the summer (Jaleel Cousins, Shaquille Harrison, Chris Obekpa and Jaleel Roberts).

Some highlights:

Canton Charge – Roosevelt Jones, Gerald Beverley

A versatile forward in his days at Butler, Jones has translated that ability to Canton, where he’s filling up the stat sheet. He’s started 14 games, and in 23 minutes a night, he’s putting up six points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal a night.

Beverley has also found a home in Canton following the tryout, and has proven himself to be a helpful player off the bench. He’s chipping in over four points and four rebounds in about 13 minutes per night.

Iowa Energy – Quinton Chievous, DeAndre Mathieu

A spot starter for the Iowa Energy this season, Chievous has been impressive, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor and averaging nine points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Long Island Nets – Trahson Burrell

Burrell has been one of the standout stories among the tryout players, as he’s started 22 games and is playing nearly 30 minutes per night for the Long Island Nets. He’s producing in those minutes as well, putting up over 12 points and eight rebounds.

Northern Arizona Suns – Shaquille Harrison

The former Tulsa guard has found a home with the Northern Arizona Suns, and in over 27 minutes a night has averaged eight points, four rebounds, and two assists per game.

Reno Bighorns – Will Davis

Davis is yet another tryout alum playing a role in the D-League this season. He plays about 14 minutes a night off the bench and has been putting up just under six points and four rebounds a game.

Santa Cruz Warriors – Chris Obekpa

The former St. John’s big man has brought has shot blocking abilities to Santa Cruz, sending away 1.6 shots a night, which ties him for 11th in the league. He’s also chipping in about four points and five rebounds per game.

Sioux Falls Skyforce – Marcus Posley

The guard has started 17 games for Sioux Falls, the best team in the league, and is averaging 12.6 points and 2.5 assists per game while shooting an impressive 38.8 percent from downtown.

Others: Daniel Stewart (Austin Spurs), Shonn Miller (Greensboro Swarm), Markus Kennedy (RGV Vipers), Jaleel Roberts (Salt Lake City Stars), Bryson Fonville (Texas Legends)

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