Red Claws Announce Open Tryout
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that the team will hold open tryouts on September 11-12 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The announcement was made by Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings.
The two-day tryout format will include team drills, individual skills work and scrimmages. Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge, along with the basketball operations and support staff from the Red Claws, will be on-hand to evaluate participants, with as many as three players receiving an invitation to Portland for the Red Claws training camp in November.
"We had tremendous success last year with three players from open tryouts not only being invited to training camp but making the inaugural Red Claws squad," said Jennings. "We are thrilled that UMass Boston is welcoming the Red Claws to their campus for tryouts again this season. The facilities on the campus are first-class and offer everything we need to hold an event of this kind."
Just over 175 players attended Red Claws open tryout camps in Boston and Charlotte last season. Three players from those camps, Stanley Thomas, Mike Williams and Dulla Jalloh, received invitations to the team's training camp and went on to become members of the Red Claws inaugural team.
"The open tryouts are an opportunity for players to show their talents," said Austin Ainge, head coach of the Maine Red Claws. "We were fortunate to find players who helped round out team in our first year, and I hope that we have equal success as we enter our second season."
The fee for the tryouts will be $150 in advance or $200 at the door. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.nba.com/dleague/maine/tryoutsnortheast.html. Participants will be limited and must meet NBA D-League player eligibility requirements as outlined on the registration form.
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