Liz Martin, Deseret Morning News
Hopeful Utah Flash player Tyree Jones performs a dribbling drill as the team holds tryouts on Saturday.

LEHI — The Utah Flash held open tryouts Saturday for all comers to help find some talent to fill out its training camp roster for its inaugural season.

Some of those looking for a spot on the Flash ranged from journeymen with previous pro ball experience to those who played a little in high school and wanted to see if their dreams of even stacking up with NBA players is realistic.

For the majority, most players don't have the talent to take it to the next level, but Flash coach Brad Jones thinks that there are some on the court who could play for a D-League team.

"I think there is close to 10 guys here that can find a place to play somewhere," Jones said.

One of the players who caught the eye of the Flash staff was former Fresno State and Oklahoma State big man Jackson Marlow. He was the tallest and biggest player on the court, holding his own in the paint with a 7-foot, 325-pound frame.

During the first two of three minigames the hopefuls went through, Marlow scored several points with ease. He is hoping the tryout gets him back in basketball after taking a year off to work. "I was doing survey work with my old man, and I just missed the game too much," Marlow said.

Former Montana standout guard David Bell also hopes to make the jump to the D-League. Bell spent last year with Butte in the CBA — making 90 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line and sinking 39 percent of his 3-point attempts.

"It's early right now," Bell said while resting between games. "Everybody is trying to get loose and everything. I'm pretty sure the games will get better as the games go on."

John Milsap — brother of Jazz forward Paul Milsap — was one of the notable names with local ties to come out. Milsap spent last year with the defunct Utah Eagles of the CBA and is just trying to land a team just like the rest of the guys.

One player is guaranteed to go on to training camp, but Jones said that up to 10 names could be sent to the league offices.


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