Just when the Mad Ants lose one guard due to injury - that being Huntington North's favorite son, Chris Kramer, who could be out another two weeks with a knee strain - the team got a major boost with the return of Oliver Lafayette.
No one is sure if Lafayette can play Thursday or Friday when the Ants play a two-game series in Tulsa, but he should be able to play when the team returns home Sunday to face Erie.
Lafayette, a 6-foot-2 guard, was called up late last season by the NBA Boston Celtics, and remained with the team throughout the playoffs.
Before he left, Lafayette was leading the Mad Ants in scoring, averaging 17.1 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals. He scored in double figures in 40 of his 48 games and posted seven double-doubles.
Including a 34-point game against Maine in mid-March, Lafayette was instrumental in the Ants winning eight of their final 10 games of the season, and their last four.
Kramer, meanwhile, remains sidelined with a knee injury, while 6-11 center Chris Hunter is trying to recover from a sore leg that sidelined him last Sunday against Texas.