From Staff and Wire Reports
The Utah Flash, a minor league basketball affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, will be holding a one-day open tryout at Clayton State University on Saturday, Oct. 24.
A joint affiliate of the Hawks and the Utah Jazz that plays in the "D-League", the Flash will hold the tryout at the Clayton State Athletics & Fitness Center starting at 9:30 a.m.
Former Clayton State basketball player Kevin Young serves as the Director of Player Development for the Flash and will be in town to help evaluate the talent.
Young played at Clayton State from 2001-2003 after transferring from Middle Georgia. As a junior, Young led the Lakers with 111 assists.
Players interested in taking part in the tryout should arrive at Clayton State by 9:30 a.m. They will be put through conditioning and skills competitions before being divided into teams for several game-type scrimmages. Players will also have to complete registration forms, as well as a player release and eligibility form, before they can participate. These forms can be found at the Flash website, www.utahflash.com. Registration fees for the tryouts are $150 for early registration and $175 on Oct. 24.
The former Clayton State player has been with the Flash for three years and says the tryout camps have been successful for his team.
"We are looking at guys who have played at a pretty high level in the past," he said. " We usually sign college guys, or guys who have played overseas, but its a free agent camp, so anybody can tryout."
This is the first time a D-leaugue tryout has been held at Clayton State.
The NBA Developmental League is unique in that the rights of each player are owned by the league, not the organization.
"If we see somebody we like, we can send his name into the league office, and request we sign him since he tried out at our camp, but there are no guarantees, Young said.
Young said there is no guarantee a player will be signed out of the camp, but the Flash have a pretty good track record, inviting at least two players from the tryouts to training camp the past two years.
Falcons release Shockley
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback D.J. Shockley from their practice squad and signed running back Antone Smith.
Smith is expected to be with the team for Wednesday's practice.
The former Florida State standout signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. He spent time on the practice squads of the Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans.
Shockley was a seventh-round draft pick from Georgia in 2006 who was the team's third quarterback in 2008.
He played high school football for his dad, Don, at North Clayton High School.
Hawks cut three
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks have 13 players on their roster after waiving guard Mario West and centers Garret Siler and Courtney Sims.
West, from Georgia Tech, played the last two seasons with the Hawks. West averaged 2.2 points in five preseason games.
Siler, from Augusta State, appeared in two preseason games. Sims, from Michigan, was chosen MVP of the NBA Development League last season. He averaged 6.4 points in three preseason games.
The Hawks cut guards Juan Dixon and Mike Wilks on Tuesday.