The Utah Jazz no longer have the Utah Flash as their NBA Development League affiliate, but that doesn't mean the native Utahans looking to play professional basketball are out of luck for the upcoming season. In fact, Utah's new D-League affiliate -- the Idaho Stampede, based in Boise -- are holding open tryouts in Lehi this weekend.
The Stampede will be at the XSI Center on October 8th as head coach and NBA veteran Randy Livingston, associate head coach Joel Abelson and the rest of the team's staff look for players that have the potential to make a D-League roster this season, starting with training camp in November.
"We've had two open tryouts so far and have been encouraged about the talent level we've seen. This is our first trip Utah since the Stampede became part of the D-League and we are excited to be back affiliated with the Jazz and see the talent Salt Lake City and surrounding area has to offer," Abelson told me. "We still need players and we think this season's players will have the best chance to make our team since 1999."
For more information on D-League tryouts, I've written a couple of different stories on them over at Ridiculous Upside -- one talking with the Dakota Wizards about players that have made it from past tryouts as well as an interview with Bakersfield Jam had coach Will Voigt regarding open tryouts in the D-League. Brian Smith at the Salt Lake Tribune also wrote about the Lehi tryouts.
To sign up for the tryout in Lehi this weekend, fill out these forms and either fax them to 208-388-3845 or send them to Abelson's email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Who knows, it might bethe next step in what could be your professional basketball career!