List Post Alert!!
Trying out for the NBA G-League is a hot topic amongst many fledgling/not-even-close-to-serious basketball players, and for good reasons:
- It’s pretty simple and easy: Pay $100-200, show up for one day (often with negligible associated travel costs), play some ball, and maybe, just maybe, you make it.
- It’s as far as many people will go to make their basketball “dreams” happen — little effort, not much planning required, relatively low investment. For these people, those “dreams” are, as Chin-Ning Chu states in Thick Face, Black Heart, “just idle ruminations” — something you say because it sounds cool and ambitious, but you have no real plans to do anything that approaches inconvenience to make them come to fruition.
- Piggybacking on #2, it sounds, to the untrained ear, as if you’re serious about doing something in the profession of basketball when you know you’re not. “Oh, Pookie is trying out for the G-League on Sunday?! He’s serious about this basketball thing!” FOH. [Cynical much, Dre? Just humor me — I’ve seen and heard a lot when it comes to pro basketball and the people who claim they wanna be involved.]
That being said, this is another one of those I-shouldn’t-even-be-writing-this posts. Why?
- If you, Mr. Basketball Player, are serious about trying out for the G-League, you would go find the information yourself and do what you needed to do to make that tryout opportunity happen. It’s not like info on the G-League is hidden away somewhere hard to find.
- There is no indication, anywhere, that would have you believe I am some authority on the NBA G-Legaue. I haven’t even played in it myself! Haha… And, maybe it’s just me, but if I want information on a basketball league, I’m going straight to the source: The league itself, or someone who works there — not some random player who may or may not have accurate/updated information. But that’s just me.
- Because most of the people who write me some dumbass email/comment in the vein of “How do I tryout for the G-League?” aren’t even halfway serious about it, but since they see the way I respond to inquiries on my site, they figure it’s worth a try. And dammit, since I’m writing this post, I guess it works! Ha.
So, without further ado, here is your can’t-miss strategy guide for trying out for the NBA G-League:
- I’m pretty sure 18 is the minimum age; you can check on that at the link in #3.
- It does not matter where you have or have not played before, as far as getting on the court and trying out goes. As for making it? That is another story.
- Decide if you will attend a local tryout or the National G-League Tryout. All of that info, when and if available, will be on the G-League website. (This sentence alone can be this entire post, but bear with me — not everyone is as smart as you, OK? Tolerance.)
- Pre-Register for the camp you’ve decided on, and pay in advance — in my experience, pre-registration costs are lower than what you’d pay at the door, so you have an incentive to plan ahead.
- Get ready by WOYFG and being in shape. You know, like a basketball player is supposed to be doing without being told to.
- Show up and perform. What should you expect? You should expect to play basketball. I don’t really get why players always ask this, but dammit, if I can milk page views from answering it, so be it — I wrote an entire post about this very question. Help me out here.
- You are now at the mercy of the decision-makers. Your opinion of your game/readiness/performance doesn’t matter if it doesn’t jibe with theirs. Such is the life of a seller in buyer’s market. Good luck!