By Keith Schlosser
With their sights set on competing in the upcoming season, the Long Island Nets took a peek into its backyard this weekend, hosting an open tryout at LIU-Post for aspiring G League athletes. Players pay an entry fee for a spot in such an audition —- in this case, Long Island charged $175 per head. Given the related expenses players must take on — travel, lodging, etc. — it makes sense for local talent to take advantage of such a nearby opportunity, rather than venturing across the globe, to prove their worth. With that in mind, players from the Tri-state area (specifically New York) were much more prevalent during this session. In turn, not as many prospects from out of town could be found.
So the question remains, was there enough local talent for the team to be intrigued?
Such a question is up for debate, but there were a select few players who held their own throughout the day’s festivities. Nate Hickman, who was also one of RidiculousUpside.com’s standout performers from the 2018 Worldwide Invitational in Las Vegas earlier this summer, absolutely looked like a professional. He took direction well from the coaching staff during drills, held his own on the defensive end, and looked like a polished floor general during 5 on 5 competition. It’s difficult to run the floor when playing alongside amateurs, but Hickman made solid plays and did the best he could to make those around him better....