Come Saturday morning, more than 100 hopefuls —in the truest sense of that word— will gather at the LIU Post campus in Brookville, Long Island, wanting to fulfill the dream of playing in the big time.
The Long Island Nets are holding their first local tryouts. Staff from both the Long Island and Brooklyn Nets will be on hand, looking for that one or two players who just might make the grade.
“People have different developmental timelines,” Trajan Langdon, the Long Island GM (and Brooklyn assistant GM) told Newsday’s Laura Albanese. “There’s always a chance you find a needle in the haystack.”
Indeed, a team Langdon and Sean Marks are familiar with did find one of those needles in Jonathon Simmons, a Houston native, back in 2013. Simmons paid his $150 fee to work out for the Spurs and was invited to the Spurs’ D-League camp. After spending two years in Austin, and a terrific four games with the Nets summer league team a year ago July, San Antonio signed him to a two-year deal. He played in 55 games with the Spurs, averaging 6.0 points and shooting 38.3 percent from deep.
The Nets would like to replicate that on Long Island.
“We’re looking for players that are going to come out and play unselfish basketball,” Langdon said. “It’s not exactly the player who shows up and tries to be the best player on the court . . . [but the one] that does things that will contribute to the team getting better.”
Doors open at the school’s Pratt Recreation Center at 9 a.m. and tryouts begin at 10 a.m. Space is limited, and walk-ups are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. There’s still a few spaces left. Registration costs $150.
And if you’re in the neighborhood, fans can watch the proceedings. Tickets go for $5.00. All the details can be found on the Long Island Nets website.