Open tryouts for Delaware 87ers

Posted: October 11, 2013

SO YOU THINK you're good enough to play pro ball? Got $200 to chase the dream?

The Delaware 87ers, the 76ers-owned squad in the NBA Development League, will be holding open tryouts the next two Saturday mornings.

If you think you're better than Leo Lyons, Tyler Wilkerson, Jerome Randle or Hamady N'Diaye - all on the 87ers' current roster - here's your chance to prove it.

This Saturday, tryouts will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia at 8 a.m. If you are planning to walk up to walk on, get there by 7. To get on the court, it will cost you $200. The team will be accepting cashier's checks and money orders. But if you register on line, at www.nba.com/dleague/delaware, you'll save $50. The deadline for online registration is noon tomorrow.

The following Saturday, Oct. 19, all comers will be welcome at the Hockessin PAL center on Lancaster Pike in Hockessin, Del. Same deal with time and price. Online registration ends at noon on Friday, Oct. 18.

According to Nicole Pender, the team's public relations director, the 87ers are no different than any other team in the league.

"We checked to see what other teams were charging," Pender said, "and what we're charging falls in line with other teams in the league."

For obvious reasons, Pender is expecting more wannabees at Philly than at Hockessin, so get there early if you're planning to play.

Need some advice?

According to Mike Peck, head coach of the NBDL's Idaho Stampede, "The one skill that will stand out, in my opinion, is that of making shots . . . off the catch, off the dribble, from three, from mid-range, but most importantly within the flow of the offense."

Good luck.

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