Mad Ants Chose 5 in NBA D-League Draft
“I am really happy with how we were able to find quality players that compliment the roster we have compiled thus far,” said Mad Ants president Jeff Potter. “The credit goes to our great basketball staff in head coach Conner Henry, assistant coach Steve Gansey, and their staff. They were meticulous in studying tape and doing the research necessary to find guys that would fit our system. We have a great core of experienced leaders coming back in Ron Howard, Anthony Harris, Terrance Thomas, and Chris Porter, and these new players will only add to that and make for a very competitive camp.”
The Mad Ants did not have a first round selection in this year’s draft because it was used in last year’s deal to attain Luke Harangody. However, the Mad Ants arranged a trade with the Maine Red Claws to acquire Terrance Henry, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, as well as the rights to Xavier SIlas in exchange for rookie Romero Osby.
Henry, a 6-9 forward out of Mississippi, was the 10th overall pick in this year’s D-League draft. He ended his collegiate career ranked 28th on the all-time scoring list with 1,095 points and fifth on the all-time block list with 113 blocks. Henry averaged 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during his senior season with the Rebels, earning a spot on the All-SEC 2nd Team. Following his senior year at Mississippi, Henry participated in NBA Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies and then went on to play for Hermine Nantes Atlanique (France), where he averaged 10.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game over 34 games.
Xavier Silas, a 6-5 guard out of Northern Illinois, averaged 21.7 point and 4.6 rebounds per game during his senior year, earning him a spot on the All-MAC 1st Team in 2011. Silas appeared in 40 games for the Red Claws during the 2011-12 season, averaging 9.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game before earning a Gatorade Call-Up by the Philadelphia 76ers in April 2012. He returned to the Red Claws for the 2012-13 season where he averaged 12 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game over 33 games.
The Mad Ants' first selection of the 2013 draft was in the second round, and they used it to pick former UCLA big man, Alfred Aboya. Aboya is a rough and rugged big man who should help solidify their center position.
In the third round, the Mad Ants chose Brandon Beasley from William Penn University. Brandon averaged 18.4 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game while leading his team to the NAIA Division II national championship game. Brandon earned player of the year honors and William Penn, as well as being named NAIA DII First Team All American.
Guard Kyle Randall from Central Michigan University was the Mad Ants choice in the fourth round of the draft. Kyle earned second team all league honors while averaging 18.7 points last year for the Chippewas, and he will provide coach Henry a player with the ability to play both the point and shooting guard positions.
The Mad Ants chose former NBA player Salim Stoudamire in the fifth round. Stoudamire last played in the NBA D-League for the Reno Bighorns in the 2010-2011 season. Salim, after a stellar career at the University of Arizona where he was a second team All American, was drafted in the second round by Atlanta and played three season for the Hawks. Salim is a fantastic shooter, and he could bring some scoring punch to the Ants this season.
With their final pick, the Mad Ants chose Titus Robinson from the University of Buffalo. These six players will join a group of returning players, affiliate players, and open tryout players who will comprise the 17 man roster that the team takes to training camp. The rest of the players are:
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants presented by Lutheran Health Network have their home opener on November 29th against the Maine Red Claws at 7:30pm. Season tickets are now available by reaching the Mad Ants sales office at (260) 469-4667.