Wiberg was one of the 66 contestants who showed up at the tryouts for the NBA Development League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, on Sunday, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.
Wiberg, who is a computer and electrical engineering professor at UC Santa Cruz, said he never made his high school basketball team and quit his college team at Cal Tech, to play water polo.
"I can't say that I can run, jump or shoot, because I can't," Wiberg told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
After learning that anyone over 18 could try out, he thought he should give it a try.
"It's on my bucket list," he said. "You know, what the hell."
Santa Cruz Warriors general manager, Kirk Lacob, told local news affiliate KSBW that anyone, even a 76-year-old guy, is welcome to try out for the team.
"You never know. Everybody's got a dream, and there are a lot of really talented basketball players out there who haven't been given an opportunity for one reason or another," Lacob said.
The NBA Development League, often called the D-League, is the official minor league of the basketball organization, where successful players, like Jeremy Lin, got their start.