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Mad Antics

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    The Mad Ants will hold an open tryout from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago.
  • Howard not sure on return to Mad Ants this season
    Howard has had some interest from NBA teams – that's nothing new, though Howard has never made a regular-season roster – and is again fielding offers from teams in Europe.
  • Ants will look different
    When the Mad Ants open defense of their D-League championship this season, the roster will likely look very different.

He's baaa-aaaack

Never say "never." Especially in the D-League.

Swingman Ron Howard, who made the Mad Ants team in their first year of existence from an open tryout, then became the franchise's all-time leading scorer, has returned to the Ants.

The 6-foot-5 Howard was at practice Tuesday morning inside the Concordia Seminary gymnasium and looked across the floor to see familiar faces.

He has played with Rod Wilmont, and Anthony Kent, and has played against Marvin Phillips. The rest of the fellas, he'll get to know.

What Howard brings is experience, quickness, perimeter defense and a sense of calm to a team that is fighting for the final playoff berth.

The team took a hit a few weeks ago when point guard Walker Russell Jr. left to play overseas. Finally, the Ants got an All-Star caliber player coming in instead of one going out.

We'll see how he helps over the next eight games.