NBA Development League's National Tryout Returns to New York City

NBA D-League hopefuls will play in front of league executives, coaches and industry scouts. Thirty-one players from last year's tryout -- including Austin's Kyle Hunt (left) and RGV's Akeem Ellis (right) -- were offered contracts.

NEW YORK, May 7, 2014 -- The NBA Development League, the official minor league of the National Basketball Association, will hold its annual National Tryout in New York on June 15 at Basketball City. A field of 200 hopefuls will participate in the one-day event, which gives athletes the opportunity to showcase their basketball skills for NBA D-League player personnel executives, coaches, and industry scouts, with the hopes of gaining eligibility for the 2014 NBA D-League Draft in the Fall.

“The National Tryout has proven to be a valuable tool in identifying potential NBA D-League players,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. “I’m excited to scout this year’s event and look forward to finding future NBA D-League contributors.”

Six participants from the 2013 NBA D-League National Tryout were subsequently selected in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft, while three prospects identified during last year’s event spent time on an NBA D-League roster during the 2013-14 season: Akeem Ellis (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Kyle Hunt (Austin Toros) and Orion Outerbridge (Santa Cruz Warriors/Sioux Falls Skyforce). In total, 31 players from the 2013 NBA D-League National Tryout were offered 2013-14 NBA D-League contracts.

Players wishing to participate must be at least 18-years-old and meet NBA D-League eligibility requirements. The application for the camp and the player waiver form can be downloaded from the league’s official website at Completed forms, along with a $300 payment completed online, need to be received by the League office no later than May 26. Included within the fee for participants is an NBA D-League uniform (jersey and shorts) the opportunity to play in a minimum of two games and be evaluated by official NBA D-League executives and scouts. All materials must be received by the deadline and completed in their entirety for the player to be considered for participation in the NBA D-League National Tryouts. Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited to 200 players.