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  • Mad Ants Chris Fowler

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  • Mad Ants Jordan Loyd

  • Mad Ants Trey McKinney Jones

  • Mad Ants Victor Nickerson

  • Mad Ants Alex Poythress

  • Mad Ants Julyan Stone

  • Mad Ants Anthony Walker

  • Mad Ants Christian Watford

  • Mad Ants Adam Woodbury

  • Mad Ants Nick Zeisloft

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 10:01 pm

Player Capsules

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Ben Bentil


Position: Forward

Age: 21

Height: 6-9

Weight: 235

Notes: Selected in the second round of this year’s NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, he was released during training camp because of an abundance of players. … Indiana Pacers signed and released him so he could become an affiliate player with Mad Ants. … Averaged 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds with Providence last season, as a sophomore. … Born in Accra, Ghana.


Chris Fowler


Position: Guard

Age: 22

Height: 6-1

Weight: 191

Notes: Born in Southfield, Mich., was a four-year starter at Central Michigan. … Averaged 16.4 points, 5.9 assists and 4 rebounds as a senior. … In 120 career games – all as a starter – he averaged 14.4 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds. … Was first-team all-conference in 2015 and 2016. … Made the Mid-American Conference’s all-tournament team in 2015. … Was selected in second round of D-League draft Oct. 30.


Stephan Hicks


Position: Forward

Age: 24

Height: 6-6

Weight: 200

Notes: Played 32 games last season with the Mad Ants, averaging 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 15.9 minutes. Started four games. … Was originally drafted in the second round by Oklahoma City of the D-League in 2015, then was dealt to Fort Wayne. … Played at Cal State Northridge from 2010 to 2015, playing in 122 games and starting 115. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists. … Was selected Big West Freshman of the Year in 2012, made the all-tournament team in 2014 and was second-team all-conference in 2015. … Played for the Pacers’ Summer League team this year, averaging 4.7 points and 8.2 minutes in three games.


Travis Leslie


Position: Forward

Age: 26

Height: 6-4

Weight: 205

Notes: Selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011, he played 10 games with the Clippers and averaged 1.4 points and 4.5 minutes in 2011-12. … Was briefly with Utah Jazz in 2013. … Played in D-League for Bakersfield and Santa Cruz, but not since 2013. … Played last season for Medi Bayreuth in Germany, averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16 games. … College basketball played at Georgia from 2008 to 2011, averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his junior season before entering NBA draft.


Jordan Loyd


Position: Guard

Age: 23

Height: 6-4

Weight: 210

Notes: Born in Atlanta, he played for Furman from 2011 to 2013 and then transferred to the University of Indianapolis. As a senior last season, he started all 29 games in which he played and averaged 20.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. … Was first-team all conference and made GLVC’s defensive team last season. … Totaled 106 steals in 103 college games and was also a 40 percent shooter from 3-point range. … Taken in the third round of the D-League draft Oct. 30.


Trey McKinney Jones


Position: Guard

Age: 26

Height: 6-5

Weight: 220

Notes: Played for Mad Ants from 2013 to 2015, winning a regular-season and playoff championship and making another finals. … In 63 D-League games, has averaged 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals. … In 12 playoff games, has averaged 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1 steal. … Was all-rookie third-team selection in 2014, after playing in college for Missouri-Kansas City from 2008 to 2010 and Miami from 2011 to 2013. … Last season, played for Egis Kormend in Hungary and Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Israel. … Played two preseason games with NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in 2013 and has played Summer League with San Antonio, Miami and Atlanta.


E. Victor Nickerson


Position: Forward

Age: 24

Height: 6-8

Weight: 185

Notes: Born in Atlanta, played college basketball at Charlotte from 2011 to 2013. Transferred to Valparaiso and played there from 2014 to 2016. Last season, averaged 4.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 15.1 minutes over 32 games. … Made Mad Ants out of an open tryout. … Made Horizon League’s all-tournament team in 2015.


Alex Poythress


Position: Center

Age: 23

Height: 6-7

Weight: 238

Notes: Born in Clarksville, Tenn., played for Orlando Magic in Summer League this year. … Attended training camp with Indiana Pacers and played in two preseason games. … Coming off a four-year career at Kentucky, in which he averaged 8.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1 block in 112 games. Started 62 games, including 31 as a freshman. … In high school, was Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year, Tennessee Mr. Basketball and a Parade All-American in 2012.


Julyan Stone


Position: Guard

Age: 27

Height: 6-6

Weight: 200

Notes: Has 47 games of NBA experience with Denver and Toronto between 2011 and 2014. Averaged 1.3 points, 1.1 assists, 1 rebound and 7 minutes in NBA, including two starts with Nuggets. … Has also played four NBA playoff games with Nuggets, averaging 1 point and 6.4 minutes. … Has played in preseason with Oklahoma City (2015) and Indiana (2016). … Played in college for UTEP from 2007 to 2011, twice making Conference USA All-Defensive team. … Last season, played for Royal Hali Gaziantep in Turkey.


Anthony Walker


Position: Center

Age: 23

Height: 6-9

Weight: 220

Notes: Spent his rookie season with Mad Ants but played only 13 games, starting twice, and averaging 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 10 minutes per game. … Had strong junior college career at South Plains, winning the 2012 national championship and going 36-0. … Selected in third round of 2015 D-League draft after playing two seasons at Texas-Arlington. Averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in last season for Mavericks, shooting 67.4 percent with 47 shot blocks.


Christian Watford


Position: Forward

Age: 25

Height: 6-9

Weight: 220

Notes: Played at Indiana University from 2009 to 2013, starting 130 games and appearing in two more. Averaged 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1 assist with Hoosiers. … Made Big Ten’s all-freshman team, and was third-team all-conference selection by coaches and media in 2013. … Was in 2014 training camp with Boston Celtics. … Has played in Summer League with Pacers, Mavericks, Warriors and Pistons. … Averaged 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 33 D-League games with Maine and Reno in 2014-15.


Adam Woodbury


Position: Center

Age: 22

Height: 7-1

Weight: 245

Notes: General manager Brian Levy said Wednesday night that Woodbury has a back injury and will be out indefinitely, robbing Fort Wayne of its biggest player. ... Woodbury is coming off a four-year career at Iowa, during which he started 137 of the 138 games he played. … Averaged 6.2 points and 5.5 rebounds at Iowa, including 7.6 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior. … Taken in first round of D-League draft this year by Maine, then traded to Mad Ants. … Played four Summer League games with Sacramento, averaging 1 point, 2 rebounds and 10 minutes per game.


Nick Zeisloft


Position: Guard

Age: 23

Height: 6-4

Weight: 185

Notes: Coming off two years of play at Indiana University. Averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds as a senior, when he made 41.7 percent of his 3-point shots. … Played at Illinois State from 2011 to 2014. … After impressing Pacers President Larry Bird during a workout, was invited to training camp and played in one preseason game. … Father attended DeKalb High School in Waterloo and still has family there.

*-Roster as of Wednesday night, following release of Ashton Gibbs.


– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette


jcohn@jg.net