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Flight Add Three Players, Announce 2010 Open Tryout Camp

April 12, 2010 - World Basketball Association (WBA) - Florida Flight News Release

Orlando, FL, April 12, 2010: The Florida Flight staff left the 2010 World Basketball Association Exposure League open tryout with three players: Jacob Carver, Ryen Phipps, and Tyler Simms.

The Flight selected Carver and Phipps in the first and second round respectively. Simms, selected by the Marietta Storm in the second round, was acquired via a trade.

Carver, a 5'11" guard who last played at University Christian School in Jacksonville, Florida, sat out the first day of the camp with an injured ankle, but impressed on day two.

"Jacob was drawing charges, passing the ball well, and taking smart shots," said Mark King, Co-founder and President of the Flight. "A lot of players were going through the motions. Jacob had an extra bounce in his step."

Simms, a 6'3" guard and close friend of Carver, showed off his consistent shooting range and basketball IQ.

Phipps, a guard local to the Orlando area, traveled all the way to Lawrenceville, Georgia hoping to impress the Flight staff enough to play in his home town.

"Ryen has been e-mailing me for about a month now," said King. "He reminded me of myself. He's undersized, passionate about basketball, and says he's willing to do what it takes to improve. Somebody gave me a shot, and I wanted to extend the same gratitude to Ryen. What he does with it is up to him."

Carver, Phipps and Simms will take part in the upcoming Florida Flight Open Tryout on April 17, 2010 at the Kissimmee Civic Center, where they will compete against other hopefuls also vying for an active roster spot with the 2010 expansion Flight.

Spaces are still available for the tryout camp. Interested players should visit and download the application. The cost of the camp is $50.00. Applications will be considered the day of the tryout. Space is subject to availability. The cost the day of the tryout will be $100.00 (cash or money orders only).

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