The Georgia-Lina Hurricanes held a tryout Saturday at Dogwood Terrace Boys and Girls Club to get a better idea of the available talent as they prepare for their first season.
The Hurricanes are set to begin their inaugural season in the American Basketball Association when the regular season kicks off in November. Co-owner Bryan Beaver said the team has a few players he is prepared to add to the roster, but tryouts give him a better idea of what he can add.
Two names Beaver mentioned for the roster are Travon McGruder and Toby Veal. McGruder is a Josey product who played at Albany State. Veal, a 6-8 forward from Savannah, played at Virginia Commonwealth in its 2010-11 run to the Final Four. Veal averaged 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10 minutes per game as a role player for the Rams. He was set to play his final college season at Paine this season, but Beaver said Veal got into "minor trouble" and didn't play.
Otherwise, Beaver said much remains up in the air.
"We've had a lot of guys in different areas of the 50 states, and I'm very pleased with what I've seen," he said. "Some we’re reconsidering with the fact that we’re trying to look for more diverse guards. We’re reconsidering some things in regards to our post play and our frontcourt. So we’re reconsidering many things."
Georgia-Lina was in talks with Paine to use its new HEAL Complex when the Hurricanes announced their intention to play. Beaver said the two sides are nearing an agreement.
"We did get official word Thursday that everything is good," he said. "We’re just waiting on a contract. So it’s pretty much locked in."
The Hurricanes plan to begin preseason play in July, although details have not been announced.
The women's team is set to begin its season with a game May 4 in Miami. The women have begun practice but plan another tryout March 9 in hopes of picking up another guard or two, according to Beaver.