The Phoenix Suns’ G-League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns, are holding open tryouts in September.
Over the course of two weekends in September, the Phoenix Suns’ G-League affiliate — the Northern Arizona Suns — will hold two different open tryouts in Arizona. The first, held on September 9th, will be at the NAZ Suns’ home facility (Prescott Valley Event Center). The second, held on September 15th, will be at the Suns’ home facility (Talking Stick Resort Arena).
While spots are limited, it’s truly an open tryout. The only catch is that it’s $150 in advance or $200 the week of the event.
This is a great thing that most G-League teams do to find those diamond-in-the-rough prospects. After all, there’s only so many scouts per team; they can’t possibly see every player in the country.
Yes, the odds of someone coming off the street to make the team are slim to none. However, for guys who are fresh out of college basketball programs? Well, then you definitely have a shot — look at Josh Gray.
Back in 2016, former LSU and Texas Tech basketball player Josh Gray was without a basketball team. He went undrafted after averaging just 7.3 points per game in college, then failed to earn a contract after a stint with the Orlando Magic during NBA Summer League. What did he do? He paid to attend several open G-League tryouts.
Gray would eventually go on to make the Northern Arizona Suns roster for the 2016-17 season. Last year, he made it all the way to the big-time, playing five games with the 2017-18 Phoenix Suns. After signing two separate 10-day contracts with Phoenix, Hart made over $100,000, per Basketball Reference.
If he never makes it back to the NBA, he’ll always have that cup of coffee with the Suns. Most importantly, it never would have happened without these open tryouts in the G-League.