For the team’s fourth and final open tryout, after hosting tryouts that garnered anywhere between 50-80 people in Denver, Portland and Salt Lake City, the Stampede saw 156 individuals pass through the doors in an attempt to catch the eye of the coaching staff.
Head Coach Randy Livingston has seen players of all shapes, sizes, age and weight, but never so many in one place. According to the Stampede coaching staff, it was the largest turnout for a local open tryout in D-League history.
“It was a great day – we got to see a lot of local, regional and national talent and that makes us really excited for the year to start,” Livingston said. “Some guys have flown across the country, others from here in Boise, but they all have that passion and love for the game. You see it when they’re out there competing as hard as they can.”
Some college stars of the Pacific Northwest showed up, including 7-foot-5 William Foster, who played four years at Gonzaga, now a national powerhouse. Reggie Larry, a College of Southern Idaho transfer who played two years at Boise State was in attendance, as were players from colleges in the Big Ten, Pac-10, Atlantic-10, Ivy League and Western Athletic Conference.
“The open tryout was a great experience this year because of the number of guys who came out and showed their stuff,” said Associate Head Coach Joel Abelson. Abelson said a number of players caught his eye.
“They ran, they competed, they paid attention, they dove for loose balls,” Abelson said. “It was a great day to be a coach in the NBA D-League.”