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Raptors 905 announced Thursday they will host open tryouts on Sept. 15 at University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus.
At a cost of $225 ($275 if you wait too long), you will get the opportunity to run through drills and scrimmages in front of 905 staff, perhaps even earning one of the allocated “local tryout player” slots for training camp.
From the release:
Players interested in participating in the open tryout can register online at Raptors905.com.
Participants that register and submit payment before September 8 will have access to early bird pricing of $225 plus applicable taxes. After September 8, and on the day of the tryout, the full registration fee of $275 plus applicable taxes will be applied.
Space for the tryouts is limited and closed for public viewing. Interested participants should register early to guarantee their place. Hopefuls should arrive prepared to participate in team drills, individual skills work and scrimmages. Raptors 905 coaches and staffers will be on hand for player evaluations.
This will mark the fourth year in a row the 905 have held open tryouts.
Last year, Aaron Best impressed enough that the 905 actually traded to land him on draft night, while Kaza Keane, Roger Moute a Bidias, Andre Washington, and Richard Amardi turned local tryout player training camp slots into roster spots during the regular season. Prior to last season, Antwaine Wiggins, Negus Webster-Chan, Walter Pitchford, Keanau Post, and Ashton Smith had all earned at least some time with Raptors 905 during the regular season through the open/local tryout player system.
This is a really good way to shine a spotlight on some local talent and maybe uncover a gem or two. (It’s also a keen way to add a player they already like to the roster if they think they might go undrafted.) If you’ll be trying out, RR would love to hear from you beforehand.