For those of us who grew up playing basketball, the dream was always to one day make it as a pro player. We saw ourselves hitting the last-second shot in the championship game, the crowd going crazy, confetti coming down on the court, and the incredible excitement that comes from being crowned champion. For some of us (ahem, me) our growth spurt stopped at 5’6 and our chances to realize that dream vanished, for others life just took them a different path. But for some, the hoop dream is still alive and well.
Earlier this year, Dallas Skyline kicked off its inaugural season in the TBL (The Basketball League). The team finished with a 9-4 record after the global COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to cut the season short. As the 2021 season nears, the team is looking to continue to build a strong team that can not only compete for the championship but establishes themselves as a force in the league.
The team will host their third and final open tryout for their 2021 TBL roster on Dec. 13. They only have a few spots left for training camp as they are limiting the number of registrations for the tryouts.
Per a press release by the team, “We don’t want to see film, we don’t care about your resume. We want to see you in person. If you never played college ball, we don’t care. Never played pro, we don’t care. You show up, have great character, show you can be a great teammate and you don’t need to score to be effective on the basketball court… then you might fit the puzzle!” The team will invite 25 to 30 players of all positions to their training camp this off-season.
The position spots are:
- 8 Point Guard Invites -5’10-6’5 Playmaker PGs who can play well in the open court with high fast-break IQ and a great defender.
- 6 Combo Guards – 6’3-6’6 Shooter, Long Arms, Athletic Good Finisher at the Rim. Good rebounder
- 6 Forward/Slashers- 6’5-6’8 Able to play 3,4 and Small Ball 5. Can hit the 3 and defend all 5 positions. High Motor
- 5 PF/C- 6-8 – 7’0 Able to run the floor, great rebounder, can score around the rim and midrange. good post defender
This is a great opportunity for someone who has not only has talent but also a heart and commitment to continue their basketball career and be part of a great organization.
Owner Prescott Mack wrote a “Dear Basketball” letter last year that paints a vivid picture of what the game of basketball has meant to him and how he sees his team being a place that can do the same for others and inspire the community.
“Dear Basketball, I want to start off saying thank you for not only changing, but also saving my life more times than you realize. You have helped me through many milestones in my life and let me live through you so graciously. Now that we are here, on this journey with the Dallas Skyline, let’s change the lives of more young people. Inspire a community. Be a resource for love, compassion, and service. Help me make the Dallas Skyline Basketball Club a pillar of this community and an experience we can be proud of.”
The team gets its name from the beautiful Dallas skyline that people see as they drive into downtown Dallas. “When you drive into Dallas and look into the horizon there’s not a more beautiful sight than that of our Skyline. Go to the Horizon bridge in Rockwall, the Hills of White Rock Lake, or look out the window at the DFW airport. The Skyline is unique, powerful, exciting and full of opportunity. And that’s US the Dallas Skyline Basketball Club!” Mack Prescott.
The Basketball League (TBL) is a professional minor league “dedicated to delivering a World Class Professional Basketball experience to our community, our fans, and business partners:
Provide communities with a professional basketball team that gives an affordable/quality family entertainment experience.” But they are more than just basketball. The league provides its players opportunities to learn from nationally acclaimed life skills classes for financial literacy, health and wellness, nutrition, preventative medicine, and sports biomechanics. A great initiative to help players not only think about life beyond basketball but actually prepare for it.
The Basketball League also provides support and encouragement to the local communities where their teams play through engagement in school and group appearances, youth camps, clinics, and non-profit organizations.
So if you think you have what it takes, make sure to visit the Dallas Skyline website and sign up before time runs out. Also, make sure to follow them across all social media platforms (Instagram @dallasskylinebc, Twitter @DallasSkylinebc, and Facebook) and stay up with the latest news, scores, and more, and of course on their website, www.dallasskylinebc.com.