By Adrian Szkolar

As part of the preparation for their inaugural season at the County Center, the Westchester Knicks are hosting a local tryout in hopes of drawing more talent to their training camp.

The tryout, which will take place Sept. 20 at the House of Sports in Ardsley, is more than just a way for the team to reach out to the community. General manager Allan Houston said he expects to find some talent to invite to training camp on Nov. 11.

“It’s a great opportunity. It’s so exciting for us to see the enthusiasm from them,” Houston said. “With our previous team, we’ve had a couple of guys come to our training camp and look extremely good.”

The tryout is just the first step as the Knicks prepare for their first season in Westchester. According to Houston, the area has been very receptive to the team. Half of the season tickets for the 2,100-seat arena have already been sold.

“I think the area sees it as their team,” Houston said. “They are affordable. I think that’s what really makes it fun. It’s a good opportunity to see good, quality, professional basketball that they can see with their families.”

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