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Ants get experience, scoring in draft

– The Mad Ants went for experience with their first pick of the D-League draft, then grabbed players who have scored abundantly.

Fort Wayne didn’t have a first-round pick Friday night, thanks to the trade for Luke Harangody last season.

With their first selection, No. 13 in the second round, the Mad Ants took former UCLA player Alfred Aboya, a 6-foot-9 forward with international experience. The 28-year-old Cameroonian averaged 8 points and 6.7 rebounds over 28 games for Shiga last season in Japan.

He has also played in Turkey, Venezuela and France, while also playing seven games this year for Cameroon in the African Championships, in which he averaged 8 points and 3.6 rebounds over seven games.

“He’s a little bit older,” said Ryan Blake, an NBA draft analyst. “He’s a big man who is versatile. … He’s a guy with a lot of international experience. He does a lot of the little things. Fort Wayne gets a good player with a lot of experience.”

The Mad Ants’ third-round pick, 6-5 forward Brandon Beasley, was an NAIA Division II All-American last season for William Penn. He averaged 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds.

The fourth-round pick, Kyle Randall, led the Mid-American Conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game last season for Central Michigan.

Salim Stoudamire, the fifth-round pick, is a former NBA player with Atlanta from 2005 to 2008. He played last season in Venezuela.

“He’s an undersized (6-1) combo guard and can absolutely shoot the lights out. I like the kid,” Blake said. “But when you’re out of the league and you’re a combo guard, you have to prove you’re going to be a playmaker. There are a lot of players in the league who shoot the ball and are a lot bigger.”

In the sixth round, the Mad Ants took Titus Robinson, a former Buffalo player.

Former IPFW player Frank Gaines – the Mastodons’ all-time leading scorer – was selected by Maine with the first pick of the second round. He averaged 20.4 points per game over the last two seasons.

Reggie Hearn, who played at Snider and then Northwestern, was taken by Idaho in the sixth round.

jcohn@jg.net

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