Drive open tryout 2017

Hopeful hoopers will have the chance to impress coaches and staff from the NBA G League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons as the Grand Rapids Drive will once again be holding open tryouts this year.

On Sunday, October 1, the Drive will host the tryout from 9 a.m. to noon at The Courthouse in Byron Center with the new head coach of the Drive, Robert Werdann, running the show.

“Anything is possible with hardwork and dedication.”

Anderson during his days at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer HS

Last season, Muskegon, MI native Chris Anderson, who played his high school ball at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, made his impact known on the floor during the open tryout in October, received an invitation to training camp and ended up in a Drive uniform for the 2016-17 season.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, who played collegiately at Louisiana Tech averaged 17.1 minutes on the court for Grand Rapids last season in 39 games, 19 of which he started for then-coach Rex Walters. Anderson averaged 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.

Last season, over 100 players showed up for the chance to be a part of the Drive organization. Anderson was quick to give advice to the players who are headed to this year’s tryout.

“Anything is possible with hardwork and dedication,” Anderson told BeerCityHoops.com this week.

Chris Anderson Grand Rapids Drive
(photo credit: Local Sports Journal)

The 24-year-old Anderson added, “make sure to come prepared before the tryout”, an obvious reference to the average street player who thinks the G League isn’t anything more than a step up from the local pickup game at the playground. “The (G League) game is much faster and advanced than the opening tryout.”

The event is closed to the public.