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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette: CJ Fair of the Mad Ants is called for charging into Deonte Burton of Bakersfield on a first-quarter drive in a Nov. 27, 2015, game at Memorial Coliseum. The Mad Ants have acquired Burton's rights from Northern Arizona in exchange for a second-round pick in Saturday's draft.

Friday, October 20, 2017 2:23 pm

Mad Ants trade for guard

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

The Mad Ants, who open training camp Monday, acquired the rights to Deonte Burton from the Northern Arizona Suns for a second-round pick in Saturday’s NBA Gatorade League Draft.

Burton played for the Bakersfield Jam in 2015-16, averaging 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 26.4 minutes per game.

Last season in France, the 26-year-old guard averaged 11.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 33 games. He played two games this season in South Korea.

From 2010 to 2014, he played at the University of Nevada and became one of two players in program history to surpass 2,000 points. He was the WAC’s Player of the Year in 2012.

He has been in NBA training camps with Sacramento and Phoenix.

The Mad Ants have four picks in the draft. Their roster is unknown but expected to include Jarrod Uthoff, Trey McKinney Jones, DeQuan Jones and Ben Moore, all of whom were in training camp with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, who own and operate the Mad Ants.

Alex Poythress and Edmond Sumner, who are on two-way contracts with the Pacers, will also probably spend time with Fort Wayne.

The Mad Ants, who lost in the second round of the playoffs last season, open their schedule Nov. 4 at Uniondale, New York.

jcohn@jg.net