SUWANEE - Jocelyn Wyatt loves basketball.
So when the former Berkmar star kept getting phone calls, e-mails and text messages from friends encouraging her to trying for the WNBA's newest franchise, she figured why not.
"When I saw they had this opportunity in Atlanta, I was like, let me go after it," Wyatt said.
"I love the game. I still play. I play with the guys and they are always like, 'Why aren't you in the league?' So here I am."
Wyatt was one of more than 130 women to tryout for the Atlanta Dream at Suwanee Sports Academy on Tuesday. Former players from local schools like Georgia State, West Georgia, Fort Valley State and Augusta State were on hand. Even players from bigger schools like Memphis, Alabama, Kansas and LSU.
They all had one thing in common - the dream to one day play in the WNBA.
"I went into this with the midset there's going to be a lot of talent coming out, but most of all I just want to have fun," former Collins Hill player Jasmine Herron said. "The opportunity to try out for a professional team all in itself is a big deal. If I make it, I'll be really glad. If I don't, I had the opportunity."
The tryout had a Gwinnett County feel to it as not only former players from Gwinnett participated, but also several local residents.
Even some current high school girls coaches like Norcross' Angie Hembree, Collins Hill's Tracey Tipton, Central Gwinnett assistant coach Jackie Linquist and legendary Central coach Cass Cassell were on hand as coaches for the tryout teams.
"We think it's a great thing for Atlanta," Dream coach and general manager Marynell Meadors said. "We're trying to create a lot of excitement and possibly find a couple of players that are local players to put on our team."
It's a longshot to make the team, considering the Dream have most of their roster filled through the expansion draft and college draft. But there's still that possibility of catching the eye of the Dream coaching staff at the tryout.
"You never know. There's several players here that are pretty good, pretty talented," Meadors said. "We'll just have to watch them a little more."
That slight possibility was the reason many women were at the tryout. Meadors said she hoped to find a handful of players to invite to today's agent tryout, which is closed to the public. From there, the Dream would sign one or two players to camp contracts.
"They really have to standout in a tryout situation like this," Meadors said. "That's the main thing you look at. Not only do they have to stand out offensively, they have to standout defensively."
After graduating from Berkmar in 2001, where she was a two-time all-county selection by the Daily Post, Wyatt played at Appalachian State.
She had the opportunity to play overseas after getting her degree in exercise science, but chose to pursue a master's degree at Georgia.
Wyatt, 25, spent last season as a graduate assistant under Georgia women's coach Andy Landers. When she heard about the tryouts for the Dream, she didn't give it much thought. But when her friends, family and former teammates kept encouraging her to tryout, she decided to give it a shot.
"I went from a maybe to a yeah," Wyatt said.
She went through the Dream's warmups and drills on Tuesday before playing two half court games. Then it was on to five hours of full court games.
"You really got to show up," Wyatt said. "If you don't show up now, that's it. You got $75 (registration fee) and 10 hours do what you got to do."
The Dream begin preseason camp on Sunday where it will have 18 players practicing. By the time the season starts on May 17, Meadors expects to have the roster trimmed to 13 players.
And maybe one of them got their shot in Tuesday's tryout.
"I'm impressed with what they are doing," Meadors said. "It's a tough situation to be in because they want to do so well and they are out here giving everything they have. I appreciate their efforts. They have been tremendous all day."