Tryout a success for players, coaches

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 17, 2006

Thirty-nine hopefuls attended the UCCS men's basketball tryout on Friday.

Players from as far away as Minnesota, Arizona and Washington made the trip to Colorado Springs to attend the tryout. Also in attendance was a large contingent of Pikes Peak area standouts, though NCAA rules do not permit the reporting of any of the players' names.

The tryouts were limited to graduating high school seniors and high school graduates with college eligibility remaining. For UCCS coach Russ Caton, holding the process fell under the category of "leaving no stone unturned."

"If we get even one player, it was worth it," said Caton.

But while the expectations were modest, Caton was pleased with the athletic ability of many of the prospective players. Caton and assistant coach Bill Kappel identified 16 players that will merit further evaluation.

It was a win/win scenario. For the players, it was a chance, and in some cases perhaps a final chance, to get themselves noticed. For the UCCS coaching staff, it was an opportunity to look at a lot of players at one time, some of whom they may not have had the chance to evaluate otherwise.


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