Miami Heat's D-League Affiliate to Hold Open Tryouts

By Will Connolly
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According to an article on, the Sioux Falls Skyforce will hold two open tryouts in both Miami, FL, and in Sioux Falls, SD, in the coming weeks. The Skyforce became an affiliate of the Miami Heat organization as of June of this year.

The Sioux Falls tryouts are scheduled for Sept. 21, at the Sanford Pentagon. The Miami tryouts are scheduled for Oct. 12, at the Dade Christian School. Registration deadline for Sioux Falls is Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 in Miami.

Players are asked to provide a $150 non-refundable fee, along with a medical release form, as well as the proper health authorization forms. The players will then get the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of Skyforce coaches and Heat personnel.

The Skyforce were first established in 1989 as a part of the Central Basketball Association. They have won two CBA championships in 1995-96 and 2004-05, respectively. They also won three division titles in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99. In 2006, the Skyforce became a part of the NBA Developmental League.

As the Miami Heat have made the most recent acquisitions of Michael Beasley, Greg Oden, Eric Griffin and Justin Hamilton, I wonder if they are looking to make any further additions this offseason. It’s hard to think that a player could walk into an NBA D-League tryout and show the Heat staff something they haven’t seen before. However, Jarvis Varnado, who currently plays for the Heat, played for the Skyforce before getting his call up to the big leagues.

This brings about the question, will there be another Jarvis Varnado who can shock and awe the Heat personnel into bringing him to the Miami training camp in October? We shall see.

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