2012 Mad Ants Draft Overview

With the first pick of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants selected JaJuan Johnson, a 6’10” forward from Purdue University. Johnson was the first of nine players selected by Fort Wayne in the draft.

Drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 2011 NBA Draft, Johnson was traded to the Boston Celtics where he appeared in 36 games, averaging 8.3 minutes and 3.2 points. Most recently, Johnson appeared in two preseason games for the Houston Rockets where he averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds in 5.5 minutes.

A standout at Purdue University, Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He averaged 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game, and led his team to a 26-8 record during his senior year at Purdue.

“We are really excited about what we were able to do in this year’s draft,” said Mad Ants President, Jeff Potter. “We wanted to make our roster much more athletic, and we wanted to make this the most competitive draft possible. I think we accomplished that with this group of players.”

Following is the list of players drafted by the Mad Ants:

JaJuan JohnsonF6-10220Purdue
Dominic CheekF6-6190Villanova
Lenny DanielF6-8215Cal State Northridge
Darryl PartinG6-5195Boston
Darnell DodsonF6-7220Southern Mississippi
Bernard ToombsC6-10230Troy
Jason WarrenF6-7195Missouri Western
Dante WilliamsG6-0185East Tennessee State
Bryant AustinF6-6215Indiana Tech

The nine players drafted by the Mad Ants will join with the following players to complete the 16 man training camp roster which kicks off on Tuesday, November 13th:

Mike AndersonF6-8205VA Commonwealth
Ron HowardG6-5190Valparaiso
Jarrid FamousF6-11240South Florida
Sadiel RojasG6-4190Oklahoma Wesleyan
Walker Russell Jr.G6-0170Jacksonville State
Sean SonderleiterF6-11245Iowa
Tommy SmithF6-10215Arizona State

The Mad Ants will tip-off their 2012-13 season against the Erie Bayhawks on Friday, November 23rd at 7:30pm at the Memorial Coliseum. Season tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale now and start at just $99! For ticket information call 260-469-4667.