Initially, I had not planned to report this until I considered it pertinent to do so. After all, tryouts are not until September 21st in Boise and September 28th in Portland. Then it occurred to me that while it’s not really news for another week or two, there may be some readers out their wishing to fulfill their Invincible inclinations, Marky Mark style. So, if you think you have what it takes to join the Idaho Stampede, by all means investigate this opportunity.
Early registration prices are still applicable for the Portland tryout ($125), but will increase to $150 on September 21st. If a player is unable to register, walk-ins will be accepted if space is available. Printable registration forms can be found here. You can also register online here (payment at the door).
The Idaho Stampede coaching staff, scouting staff, and some Blazer personnel will be in attendance. The Stampede are coming off of their worst D-League record ever (19-31), so if you’ve been biding your time hoping to play basketball for a living, strike while the iron is hot. But please, take this seriously. The level of competition will be rather high (professional basketball not withstanding), so don’t drop $150 to bog down the process if you aren’t burning to play.
The current Stampede roster includes players from the University of Colorado, Boise State, St. John’s University (NY), Oakland University, Richmond, Purdue, Ohio State, Stanford, and Michigan State. Former Stampede players include Street Ball legend Rafer Alston (AKA Skip 2 My Lou), the Noisy Cricket Spud Webb, NBA champion and 3x all-star Antoine Walker, and the best damn towel waver basketball has ever seen Patty Mills.
To the few of you for whom this applies; good luck.