FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Florida Gulf Coast University basketball star Roman Brown recently tried out for the Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach, California. While in Long Beach, he competed against 230 other basketball players for a chance to play in the SPL, one of four NBA Summer Leagues. The other summer leagues will be held in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Salt Lake City.
The 6’8 Brown outplayed nearly 200 other candidates to have the opportunity to compete for NBA affiliates July 9th through the 19th in the NBA’s Southern California Summer League. Brown’s performance was awarded when he was added to an undrafted free agent team known as the “SLAM.”
On July 9th, Brown’s SLAM took on Hoosier Daddy which features former UCONN standout Marcus Williams. In 20 minutes, Brown managed to pull down a team-high ten rebounds. The SLAM are in action again Thursday with games being played through the middle of next week. With a plethora of NBA scouts and executives on hand, Brown has a great opportunity to showcase his skills and talent in an effort to receive an invite to an NBA training camp in October.
The Southern California Summer Pro League ("SPL") is entering its 37th year as the premiere summer showcase for basketball's greatest teams and showmen. The League is the sole summer stage upon which both NBA teams and current NBA stars perform. It is the medium through which NBA teams provide instruction to their first and second round draft picks in a rigorous and competitive environment, while established NBA players maintain and hone their skills. The SPL also gives coaches and executives a chance to offer a try-out to players who do not have an NBA contract. Over 800 current and former NBA players have participated in the League.