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Playing at a Heyer level: Former Bronco tries out for Stampede

Rob Heyer was the only Bronco to appear in all 34 games last season.
Rob Heyer was the only Bronco to appear in all 34 games last season.
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MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - Rob Heyer found himself in unfamiliar territory this weekend.

"I've never been to a tryout before so I didn't know what to expect," said Heyer, who tried out with the Idaho Stampede on Saturday. "When I got here I got comfortable quickly and I thought it went well."

Heyer was one of about 50 participants to attend the tryout. Since graduating, Heyer wasn't sure whether or not to attempt to continue his career.

"I was a little iffy both ways to be honest," he said. "And then I got some interest and had a lot of guys telling me I can do it. And I realized I only have one chance to do this. I'll only be this age once."

"I know people labeled him as a winner and a tough kid and I think he showed that," said Stampede head coach Dean Cooper.

The NBA D-League isn't the only possibility for Heyer. He's also looking into playing outside of the country.

"I'm not going to give up the overseas option just yet," he said. "A lot of changes happen there all year long. So I am hoping I still get a shot over there."

In the past, other Broncos have suited up for the Stampede so it makes sense for the two programs to work together.

"I actually talked to (Boise State head coach Leon Rice) recently and said we are going to spend a lot more time together this year," Cooper said.

And like Cooper, Heyer still plans on keeping tabs on his former team.

"I check up every once in a while. They are doing well," he said.

Heyer transferred to Boise State with one year of eligibility remaining. He was the only Bronco to play in every game last season, averaging 4.7 points per game while playing 20.7 minutes per contest.

Last year, four players from the tryout made it to the team's training camp, which is the next step in making the team. The number of open spots though depends on if players from last year's team return, as well the D-League draft and who the Utah Jazz has interest in. The Jazz are the NBA-affiliate of the Stampede.
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