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Mad Antics

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Sky's the limit

So welcome to the Big Sky Conference - east. The Mad Ants picked six players in the annual NBA Development League draft Thursday, and half of them came from the Big Sky Conference, including the first two picks. Cameron Jones, a 6-4 guard, was the No. 1 pick out of Northern Arizona. Then came Anthony Johnson, a 6-3 guard from Montana. And as the No. 6 pick, the Ants got Jabril Banks, a 6-7 forward from Northern Colorado. Johnson may be the most familiar name of all the choices. He scored 42 points - 31 in the second half - to lead Montana to a 66-65 come-from-behind victory over Weber State in the championship game of the 2010 Big Sky Conference tournament in Ogden, Utah. The win put Montana into the NCAA tournament, where it lost to New Mexico 62-57 in the first round. Ants coach Joey Meyer said he liked all the players coming in, but added, "You never know until you get 'em in camp," he said. Perfect example: Larry Turner, No. 1 pick in the No. 1 Mad Ants season. All body, no game. Camp opens Nov. 11, and the season opener is Nov. 25 against Sioux Falls at Memorial Coliseum.

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