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Grant Jerrett NBDL

By Marcus Shockley

Yesterday the NBA D-League held their 2103 draft, and here are some notes of the potential developing stories:

Grant Jerrett, was taken #1 overall by the Tulsa 66ers. Jerrett is a 6’10” versatile player who was notably cut last week by the Oklahoma Thunder, a move that led many to hold him up as an example of players entering the NBA draft too early. Jerrett played one season at Arizona last year before declaring for the draft.

James Johnson, the second overall pick, looked like a future NBA starter during his two years at Wake Forest, but has never found traction in the pros after being a first round pick in 2009. Johnson was waived last month by the Atlanta Hawks after, frankly, abysmal showings in the Hawks preseason games.

DeAndre Liggins, taken #7 overall by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, is a former Kentucky standout who played sparingly for Orlando and Oklahoma City during his two years in the NBA. Over the past two months Liggins ran afoul of the law in a domestic assault charge and was waived by the Thunder during the same week. Liggins will need to show maturity and consistency in order to make an impact.

Reggie Johnson, a 6’10” center who played for Miami in the ACC, was taken in the second round by the Delaware 87ers. Johnson is a solid post player who can be a force inside, but has battled injuries and conditioning issues throughout his career. He should see significant floor time.

Aquille Carr, a high school standout who had his own off-the-court issues, was committed to Seton Hall but opted to sign a short contract overseas in an effort to find his way to the pros. It’s still not clear if Carr is more hype than substance, but he’ll get his chance for the Delaware 87ers.

Bakersfield Jam Logo

BAKERSFIELD, August 10, 2013 – The Bakersfield Jam announced today that the team will hold five sets of open tryouts for the 2013-14 season. Tryouts will be held in Bakersfield and in its NBA affiliate markets (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta and Salt Lake City).

The first tryout will be held in Los Angeles on September 7th and 8th, followed by Phoenix (Sept. 21-22), Salt Lake City (Sept. 28-29), Atlanta (Oct. 5-6) and Bakersfield (Oct. 12-13).

Open tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of Jam coaches and front office personnel while they compete to earn a position in the team’s official training camp, which is scheduled to take place in November.

Interested players should submit completed registration forms along with $150 non-refundable participation fee to the Jam office. Participants who register after the pre-registration deadline (listed on registration form) or day-of registration will be charged $200.

For registration forms and additional information, please visit bakersfieldjam.com or call 661-679-7932.

D.J. Cooper, a standout point guard who just completed his career playing college basketball for the Ohio University Bobcats, talks with Basketball Elite about his pro prospects, what he’s working on in his game and which sneakers are the best for him and his game.

Rodney McGruder, who just finished his college basketball career at Kansas State, talks about playing in front of NBA scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational, what he’s working on and his favorite pair of shoes.

Marcus Wells, who just finished playing as the point guard for Winston-Salem State, talks about his overall game, his prospects for the future in pro basketball and what playing at WSSU has meant to him.

Elijah Johnson (PG, 6’4″) of Kansas talks to us about the Portsmouth Invitational and what he’s working on right now to try and further his basketball career with a pro gig somewhere.

Matt Dickey on the D-League

Today’s the day for the D-League draft and one player who hopes to hear his name called is former UNC Asheville player Matt Dickey, a guard who has a legitimate shot at getting drafted. We caught up with Matt at one of the D-League tryouts and he gave his thoughts on the league and potentially playing overseas.

Terry Martin, a forward who played collegiality at Wofford College, talks about his experience during his tryout for the D-League and what his options are to play pro basketball overall.

Brian Levy, Assistant GM for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League, offers some great insight into how players can work their way onto a pro roster, as well as what makes the D-League a viable option over European leagues.

Bakersfield Jam Tryouts

JAM ANNOUNCE OPEN TRYOUT DATES
Tryouts to take place in Bakersfield and NBA Affiliate Markets (Los Angeles, Phoenix & Atlanta)

BAKERSFIELD, August 13, 2012 – The Bakersfield Jam announced today that the team will hold four sets of open tryouts for the 2012-13 season. Detailed information for all is as follows:

˜ Los Angeles Area – Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, September 5; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: East Los Angeles College located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez – C1, Monterrey Park, CA 91754.

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on September 8th; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star Game on September 9th from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Montebello located at 801 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640. Contact Hilton at (323) 724-5900 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach, John Bryant, at (703) 801-9035 or jbryant@bakersfieldjam.com.

˜ Phoenix Area – Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, September 19; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: US Airways Arena located at 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004 (Enter arena via Jackson Street).

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on September 22nd; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star Game on September 23rd from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: SpringHill Suites Phoenix Downtown located at 802 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. Contact SpringHill Suites at (602) 307-9929 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Director of Player Personnel, Brian Levy, at (609) 731-3402 or blevy@bakersfieldjam.com.

˜ Atlanta Area – Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, October 3; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: Suwanee Sports Academy located at 3640 Burnette Road, Suwanee, GA 30024

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on October 6th; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star Game on October 7th from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: Comfort Suites located at 2945 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suwanee, GA, 30024.
Contact Comfort Suites at (678) 714-7707 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a
special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Director of Player Personnel, Brian Levy, at (609) 731-3402 or blevy@bakersfieldjam.com.

˜ Bakersfield Area – Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, October 10th; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: Bakersfield Jam Events Center located at 1400 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on October 13th; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star game played on October 14th from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: Bakersfield Marriott located at 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Contact Marriott at (661) 565-9313 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Director of Player Personnel, Brian Levy, at (609) 731-3402 or blevy@bakersfieldjam.com

Open tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of NBA Development League coaches while they compete to earn a position in the team’s official training camp, which is scheduled to take place in mid-November.

Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA Development League and are required to pre-register by submitting the official tryout registration form, player release and eligibility form, disclosure and background check forms, credit card authorization form (if paying by credit card), along with a $150 nonrefundable fee. Tryout forms are available online (www.bakersfieldjam.com). Completed forms and entry fee must be mailed (Bakersfield Jam. Attn: Tryout Camp. 1400 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308) or faxed (661-615-6555) to secure a spot in the tryout camp. Participants who register after the pre-registration deadline or day-of registration will be charged $200.