AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have assigned rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Middleton was drafted 39th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Pistons. The Texas A&M product has appeared in three games this season averaging 1.3 points, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals. He scored a season-high four points and recorded two steals at Houston (11/10).

If an NBA player’s rookie season is the equivalent of a college graduate’s first-year pursuit of an advanced degree, then Kim English and Khris Middleton have wrapped up the first semester in the classroom and now are headed to the lab.

English and Middleton, second-round picks of the Pistons last June who’ve played sparingly over the season’s first 24 games, will head to Fort Wayne, Ind., for a planned three-game stint with the Pistons’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Mad Ants.