It started with a phone call, and it turned into a full-fledged college basketball career.
That’s how Alex Dacres grew up in the Dominican Republic.
When he was 11, he received a call from his father, who wanted him to join the country’s national team.
Dacres was already one of the best basketball players in the country, but he never dreamed of making it to the NBA.
He decided to wait for the right opportunity.
“I was looking for something that would give me more motivation to go out and compete,” he said.
The team was called the Dominican Basketball Team, but it wasn’t long before Dacre had his eyes set on the NBA.
“I thought, I want to play in the NBA, I can do it,” he recalled.
It took a few months for Dacros first NBA audition to come.
He was told to sign with the Miami Heat.
Dacrus was still 13 when the NBA announced it would start accepting applications for players in March, and he didn’t hesitate.
“It was so exciting because it was my first time in the league,” he told BleacherReport.
“And I thought, what are they doing?
They’re doing this for me.
I’m playing in the National Basketball League, so I was like, ‘Wow, this is going to be amazing.'”
The NBA has made the process of applying to the league more seamless than ever.
Applicants have no time to wait around for the interview to begin.
They have to fill out a questionnaire that will help them find their dream team, as well as receive a personal interview with their potential NBA team.
The process is so thorough, that the NBA has also introduced a new “diversity and inclusion” process.
“They’re looking at the process, and you have to be able to speak English,” Dacrres said.
“It takes me an hour to do it, so that’s pretty crazy.”
The NBA is making sure that people don’t have to do the interview, so you can just come in and fill out the questionnaire,” he added.
That questionnaire will take about an hour and a half to complete.
Once you’re done, the player will be assigned a team number and be sent to a waiting room for the interviews.
The waiting room is a common place for people who want to make it into the NBA and the process can take up to an hour.
That’s why it’s important to keep your phone close to you, especially in the early hours of the morning.
The NBA says it has been making the process easier for applicants for years.
The league has also instituted a new screening process to ensure they aren’t putting themselves in a situation that could lead to an interview.”
We don’t want to put people in a spot where they’ll say, ‘I don’t know how to interview because they said I was going to die,'” Dacrs father said.”
You want to say, I’m here because I’m so confident I can play in this league,” Dacs sister, Maria, said.