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After Sunday’s tryouts in Virginia, coach Young plans to send five names to the league office. The team will also hold tryouts in their affiliate cities, as well as their home city of Des Moines, Iowa.

“It would be a great accomplishment to make this team,” said 6-foot-10 forward/center Ben Strong. A graduate of Guilford College in North Carolina, Strong spent three years playing in Israel, but would prefer to play at home.

“I think you grow as a person when you leave your comfort zone, and live in another country, but if the opportunity is there to come back home and play, I’d like to do that,” Strong said.

“I’ve dreamed about playing in the NBA since I was a kid playing in my backyard. Making this team is one step closer to that dream.”