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Go-Go Hold Open Workout to Help Fill Roster

Updated: September 15, 2018

(h/t Capital City Go-Go)

The Capital City Go-Go will be starting their inaugural season in the NBA’s Development League, now known as the G-League, and the team hosted an open tryout to help fill out their roster. Basketball players from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area and from all over the country flocked to the new St. Elizabeth’s arena practice facility to showcase their talents in front of a variety of Go-Go and Wizards staff.

The opportunity to chase their dreams was not lost on the more than 100 prospects who showed up in Southeast D.C. for the chance to become the next Jonathon Simmons. Simmons, currently with the Orlando Magic, jump-started his career when he paid $150 to try out for the Austin Spurs, the G-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Last summer Simmons’ journey came full circle as he signed a 3-year $18 million contract and Go-Go General Manager Pops Mensah-Bonsu shared that story with the group of Go-G0 hopefuls before the tryout to let them know that it is still possible to reach their goals from this point.

Registration for the tryout began at 7 AM and there were a group of 20-30 players lined up outside the arena before the coaching staff even got there as if it were American Idol auditions. For some, this will be their last attempt at chasing their dreams of playing in the NBA. For others, it is just another step in their basketball journeys.

The tryout consisted of two different workouts, the first one filled with participants who paid $150 and the second with players personally invited by the Go-Go staff.  The first group started the day being lined up by height, shortest to tallest, and given a respective jersey number. Next was individual drill work with coaches and trainers and finally the crop of prospects ended up in intense scrimmages after players were broken down into teams.

Many of these players are from the DMV area, but some traveled from all over the country to take advantage of the opportunity to tryout for the latest expansion G-League team. A notable player who worked out with the first group was former University of Missouri forward Tony Criswell who most recently played for the London Lightning of the NBL, a professional basketball league in Canada. Criswell stood out among the group of paying players and had a chance to showcase his skills some more in the second group.

In that second workout there were a few notable former standout players from the DMV, including Georgetown product Austin Freeman, University of Virginia point guard Nigel Johnson and the pride of Baltimore basketball — Aquille “Crimestopper” Carr.

Carr became a basketball sensation on the high school scene a few years back, but is attempting to make a comeback with the Go-Go and hopefully live up to some of the hype and potential that he once showed as a prospect.

Overall, the Go-Go completed a step in the right direction of opening up a new pool of talent to complete their roster ahead of their opening game on November 1. The Go-Go already filled most of their roster through the G-League expansion draft, which netted the team a few intriguing players such as former Indiana Pacer Lavoy Allen, and via trade, acquiring promising guard Chasson Randle from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for a player they selected in the expansion draft.

Of the 100+ prospects to workout for the Go-Go, a lucky four will receive an invite to the team’s training camp and continue chasing their dream.


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