As the fall winds blew around downtown Waterloo, inside the Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley, 16 men took their shot to show their basketball potential at the CourtKings’ October 28 open tryout.
“I think we found a couple of guys that can really help us,” said CourtKings owner and general manager Gary Rima “I like the depth and the way the guys showed up to give it a shot to make our team, I think it’s a good sign.”
With two new assistant coaches by his side in Brian Jo and Tom Mccellan-Bey, third year head coach Michael Mohlis was impressed with the talent that was on display for his staff to see.
“We saw a lot of really good things,” Coach Mohlis said after the tryout. “We had a ton of different players with different strengths. We do have some holes to fill, so finding the guys that fit into our system as we need is our next step.”
“I thought everyone that tried out played really hard,” Coach Jo explained. “They were coachable, wanting to make that extra effort and made some great impressions on us. We have some tough decisions to make, but they did a great job of getting together with guys they don’t know and executing.”
Coming off a 15-1 regular season and an MBL semi-final playoff appearance in 2018, the CourtKings will look for fresh talent as they look to fill their 2019 roster.
“It would be pretty cool to make the team,” said Cael Lambe, a Union High School graduate who attended the tryout for the first time. “”I’m just gonna work real hard and try and get a roster spot.”