One of the great things about the Heat's affiliation with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League is that pretty much each year the teams are going to hold open tryouts and roll the balls out for anybody who wants to try and make the team.
This year's tryouts are set, and the Miami tryout for the Sioux Falls Skyforce will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ransom Everglades High School. The application deadline for the tryout is Friday, Oct. 17., so don't procrastinate. (See information below about the application process.)
The Heat has invested a lot of time, energy and money into its relationship with the Skyforce, so this tryout isn't just some kind of publicity stunt. Heat and Skyforce personnel will be on hand to evaluate potential players, so that means if you want to ball in front of a real live Heat executive, here's your chance.
Who knows? Maybe you'll make the team, play a few years in the D-League and then get picked up by a team overseas. Or, maybe you're a late bloomer with a 44-inch vertical and you just want to dunk on somebody at Ransom Everglades in front of NBA brass. That's cool, too. Keep in mind, though, that playing for the Skyforce could earn you a promotion to the NBA one day. D-League All-Star Justin Hamilton is expected to make the Heat's team this season and compete for minutes in the rotation.
A tryout for the Skyforce is also being held at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The application deadline for that tryout is Oct. 10.
IMPORTANT! APPLICATION PROCESS
(from the Heat's press release)
Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA D-League and are required to pre-register by submitting the registration, release and health information authorization forms, along with a $150 nonrefundable fee, to the attention of Justin Van Kooten (605) 332-0605 at the Skyforce office via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (605) 332-2305 or regular mail: Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2131 S. Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 by the deadline dates listed above as no walk-up applications will be accepted on the day of the tryout.
All forms are available online at: