The Mad Ants, who are stumbling recently, got good news today when they announced that former Tennessee forward Wayne Chism will join the team and be on the roster when the Ants play Bakersfield on Wednesday at the D-League Showcase in South Padre Island, Texas.
Chism, a 6-foot-9 forward who was recently waived off his team in Turkey, replaces 6-5 Obi Muonelo on the Ants' roster.
The fact that Muonelo is gone comes as no surprise. The handwriting was on the wall shortly after the Ants lost 6-11 center Chris Hunter to a torn Achilles' tendon on Christmas night.
Without Hunter, the team lacked big guys, and the 6-5 Muonelo - the Ants' No. 1 pick in the D-League draft last November - couldn't fill the bill.
Chism was a first-team All-SEC pick as a senior at Tennessee, where he averaged 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
He should be a good addition, and will especially help at the defensive end, where the Ants have recently been exploited with size.
After Wednesday's game against Bakersfield, the Ants play at Dakota on Friday and at Iowa on Sunday before returning home Tuesday to play Bakersfield again.