Updated: Saturday, 03 Nov 2012, 12:19 AM EDT
Published : Saturday, 03 Nov 2012, 12:15 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - With the first pick of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants selected JaJuan Johnson, a 6’10” forward from Purdue University. Johnson was the first of nine players selected by Fort Wayne in the draft.
Drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 2011 NBA Draft, Johnson was traded to the Boston Celtics where he appeared in 36 games, averaging 8.3 minutes and 3.2 points. Most recently, Johnson appeared in two preseason games for the Houston Rockets where he averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds in 5.5 minutes.
A standout at Purdue University, Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He averaged 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game, and led his team to a 26-8 record during his senior year at Purdue.
“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.”
Following is the list of players selected by the Mad Ants:
Rd Name Pos Ht Wt College
1 JaJuan Johnson F 6-10 220 Purdue University
2 Dominic Cheek* F 6-6 190 Villanova
3 Lenny Daniel F 6-8 215 Cal State Northridge
4 Darryl Partin* G 6-5 195 Boston
4 Darnell Dodson* F 6-7 220 Southern Mississippi
5 Bernard Toombs C 6-10 230 Troy
6 Jason Warren F 6-7 195 Missouri Western
7 Dante Williams G 6-0 185 East Tennessee State
8 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 13 th:
Name Ht Wt College Status
Mike Anderson 6-8 205 VA Commonwealth Trade
Ron Howard 6-5 190 Valparaiso Returner
Jarrid Famous 6-11 240 South Florida Returner
Sadiel Rojas 6-4 190 Oklahoma Wesleyan Returner
Walker Russell Jr. 6-0 170 Jacksonville St. Returner
Sean Sonderleiter 6-11 245 Iowa Returner
Tommy Smith 6-10 215 Arizona State Trade
The Mad Ants will tip-off their 2012-13 season against the Erie Bayhawks on Friday, November 23 rd at 7:30pm at the Memorial Coliseum. Season tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale now and start at just $99! For ticket information call 260-469-4667.
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