SANTA CRUZ -- Who knows, maybe another Stefhon Hannah will walk through the doors of Aptos High on Sunday.
Last year's NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year was initially discovered through an open tryout.
"Now he's in a tryout to make an NBA team," said Nate Bjorkgren, head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors professional basketball team.
A diamond in the rough is exactly what the Warriors will be looking for on Sunday.
The Warriors, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, will be hosting their second and final open tryout beginning at 9 a.m. at Aptos High. Athletes who aspire to play basketball professionally -- or even those who aspire to play basketball just for the day -- will converge in the Mariners' gymnasium for a chance to earn an invitation to the pro team's training camp.
Cost is $125 on the day of the tryout. The team will donate part of the proceeds to athletic programs at Aptos High and Santa Cruz City Schools.
"There's a lot of good players out there, a lot of good players in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz that really just need an opportunity," Bjorkgren said. "And if it's not our team, maybe overseas."
The Warriors had 39 people try out in Oakland earlier this month. The team can select up to five players from local tryouts to invite to training camp, which is scheduled for early November.
Normally, Bjorkgren said, about two to three players from the local level
"It's not a gimmick," said Warriors general manager Kirk Lacob, who is also an assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors.
The evidence backs up that sentiment.
Mike Anderson was an open-tryout discovery. The 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward averaged 10.5 points per game last year with the Dakota Wizards -- the name of the Warriors before they relocated to Santa Cruz from Bismarck, N.D., this year.
Then there is Shy Ely, another Wizards player a year ago who was found at an open tryout in Chicago. He averaged 8.2 points per game during the regular season last year.
At that same tryout in Chicago, Bjorkgren came across Hannah, whose story is often used to illustrate the caliber of player that could be discovered at a local tryout.
"I remember three guys came running through the door," Bjorkgren recalled of that morning in Chicago, when he was just about to close the sign-up book. "Their car had broken down.
"Stef Hannah was one of them."
Here's the gist: Hannah, who was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year while at Missouri, made the Iowa Energy's roster two years ago following an open tryout in Chicago. He played little, was waived, then returned to the team and led the Energy to the D-League championship, scoring 31 points in the clinching game.
Last season, he was the D-League Defensive Player of the Year. This season, he's in training camp with the Golden State Warriors.
"It's all true," Bjorkgren said. "It's an amazing story."
For every Anderson and Ely and Hannah, though, Bjorkgren and Lacob expect to see many more who have no shot of making the team at all.
They're just there to have a good time.
"I've seen all kinds of ages, all kinds of crazy outfits that people can find," Bjorkgren said. "Some people just want to say they tried it."
Tryouts are expected to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Sign-up packets are available at Warriors headquarters at 903 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, or online at www.warriors.com.
If You Go: SC Warriors Tryouts
When: 9 a.m. Sunday
Where: Aptos High
Who: Anyone age 18-older
Cost: $125 day of tryout
Details: Sign-up packets are available at Warriors headquarters at 903 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, or online at www.warriors.com