You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Mad Antics

  • Mad Ants set city tryouts
    The Mad Ants, reigning champions in the D-League, will hold open tryouts in Fort Wayne on Oct. 18 and 19 at the McMillen Community Center.
  • Delving into affiliations for this season
    You can check out today's coverage of the new affiliation alignments in the D-League -- the Mad Ants have 13 teams -- by
  • Explaining how Mad Ants have 13 NBA affiliations
    If you're wondering why the Mad Ants aren't a full-fledged affiliate of an NBA team, it's because they don't want to be. They don't want to sell their operations, opting to remain the lone independent in the D-League. “Our ownership doesn't
File / Associated Press
Chris Kramer

... but can he play here?

Stacy Clardie's story about the possibilities that former Purdue and Huntington North standout Chris Kramer could be playing for the Mad Ants this season comes as no surprise.

Kramer has made it no secret that he wants to pursue an NBA career, and Mad Ants representatives haven't been subtle in their hope to get him on their roster.

So it was a question of "when" and not "if" that Kramer would land here.

I've only talked to him a few times, and watched him play live on a few occasions. Mostly I've seen him on TV. And he plays hard. And his defense is good.

My concern is whether he's good enough.

Offensively, Kramer is limited. That was clear during his Purdue years when he was more of a distributor than a shooter. Much of that has to do who he plays with, and he was surrounded by offense.

It'll be the same if/when he plays in the D-League. I don't think Kramer will factor much offensively, so that means he'll have to earn his chops on the defensive end.

If you're not familiar with the D-League, quickness is everywhere, and Kramer is going to have to keep up with the other guards who are one step below the NBA.

From what I know of Kramer, he's a nice guy, and a sound player. I hope he does well when his time comes. I'll have to be convinced, first, that he can make it in this league before he plays in The League.

In another Mad Ants issue, the team's dance team, The Madame Ants, has a new choreographer and coach.

She is Tiffany Winling, who founded her business Tiffany and Co. School of Dance.