Ants Pick Johnson, Seven Other In D-Leage Draft

By Dean Pantazi

Ants Pick Johnson, Seven Other In D-Leage Draft

November 3, 2012 Updated Nov 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE (www.incnow.tv) - The Mad Ants as expected selected former Purdue star JaJuan Johnson with the first overall pick of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft on Friday Night.

“We are really excited about what we were able to do in this year’s draft,” said Mad Ants President, Jeff Potter. “We wanted to make our roster much more athletic, and we wanted to make this the most competitive draft possible. I think we accomplished that with this group of players.”

Other selections by the Mad Ants in the eight round drafts:

Dominic Cheek F 6-6 190 Villanova

Lenny Daniel F 6-8 215 Cal State Northridge

Darryl Partin G 6-5 195 Boston

Darnell Dodson F 6-7 220 Southern Mississippi

Bernard Toombs C 6-10 230 Troy

Jason Warren F 6-7 195 Missouri Western

Dante Williams G 6-0 185 East Tennessee State

Austin Bryant F 6-6 215 Indiana Tech

The nine players drafted by the Mad Ants will join with the following players to complete the 16 man training camp roster which kicks off on Tuesday, November 13th:

Mike Anderson 6-8 205 VA Commonwealth

Ron Howard 6-5 190 Valparaiso

Jarrid Famous 6-11 240 South Florida

Sadiel Rojas 6-4 190 Oklahoma Wesleyan

Walker Russell Jr. 6-0 170 Jacksonville St.

Sean Sonderleiter 6-11 245 Iowa

Tommy Smith 6-10 215 Arizona State

Howard, Famous, Rojas, Russell, amd Sonderleieter return from last year''s Mad Ants team, while Anderson and Smith were obtained in trades prior to the draft.

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