Howard Wins 2nd Straight Sportsmanship Award

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Mad Ants guard Ron Howard

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Ron Howard won the NBA Development League's Jason Collier Sportmanship Award for the second consecutive season on Friday.

The award honors a D-League player for conduct on and off the court, and is voted on by the 17 D-League coaches.

Howard averaged a career best 20.5 points in his 7th season with the Ants. He added 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The Mad Ants finished the regular season as East Division Champions with a 36-14 record and the No. 1 seed in the D-League Playoffs. He is a three-time NBA D-League All-Star.

Off the court, Howard is a mentor for students at Northwood Middle School and volunteers with the Feed My Starving Children Program, NBA D-League Cares Read To Achieve & D-League Get Fit initiative.

The Sportsmanship Award is named after the late Jason Collier, a former NBA, D-League and college basketball player who died in 2005.

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