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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:41 pm

Pacers send player to Ants for work

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

For the first time this season, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers have sent a player to their G League affiliate, the Mad Ants, for some work.

Ike Anigbogu, the rookie out of UCLA, was assigned today and is expected to be in the lineup Saturday at Memorial Coliseum against Delaware.

Anigbogu, a 6-foot-10 center, was taken in the second round of the NBA Draft. At 19, he has played in six Pacers games and totaled four points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

The Mad Ants (3-1) are on a three-game winning streak.

They have players who were in training camp with the Pacers, including Jarrod Uthoff, Ben Moore, DeQuan Jones and Trey McKinney Jones, but Anigbogu is the first player of the season to join Fort Wayne with an NBA contract.

Alex Poythress and Edmond Sumner are on two-way contracts enabling them to move between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne; Poythress is with the Pacers and Sumner is recovering from off-season surgeries.