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Joe Alexander assigned here

It's just what the doctor - or at least the Milwaukee Bucks - ordered for the ailing Mad Ants.

News came out of the Bucks' office on Wednesday that they assigned 6-8 forward Joe Alexander to the Mad Ants.

At last, some help from one of the three NBA affiliates (with the Pacers and Pistons being the other two).

Alexander, the No. 8 draft choice of the 2008 NBA draft, will not play in Wednesday's Mad Ants game in Austin, Texas, but is expected to play in Friday and Saturday's games at Iowa.

Alexander, who averaged 4.7 points in 59 games with the Bucks last season, will join the Mad Ants after coming off an inactive period due to a right hamstring injury.

"He hasn't played in a while," Mad Ants coach Joey Meyer said. "I talked to the Bucks, and we're going to work him in gradually and see how he fits. Obviously he has a lot of talent, since he was picked in the draft. Hopefully we can get him healthy and he can contribute."

Alexander was a two-year starter at West Virginia, where he averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 82 career games. He was named first team All-Big East and Conference USA Tournament MVP as a junior.

The acquisition of Alexander is a timely one for the Mad Ants (9-13), who are without leading scorer Ron Howard (fractured hand), second-leading rebounder Jared Reiner (sore back) and reserve forward Anthony Kent (flu).

"We're short a few bodies. We're going out (Wednesday) with eight," Meyer said. "Hopefully there'll be no more injuries."

Following the three-game road trip, the Ants will return home for a 7 p.m. game Jan. 28 against Springfield.