Mad Ants draft two players, announce 2019 training camp roster

By Ryan Stevens | October 26, 2019

October 26, 2019 – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, announced today the 2019 training camp roster.

In today’s NBA G League Draft, the Mad Ants selected center Hasheem Thabeet and guard Nick Masterson to round out the training camp roster.

The full draft results can be found here.

Thabeet, 32, was selected with the 18th overall pick. The No. 2 selection in the 2009 NBA Draft played 224 games in seven seasons in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets.

The former University of Connecticut big man also has playing experience in the G League with the Dakota Wizards, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Grand Rapids Drive.

Masterson, 23, was available at the 10th pick in the third round of today’s draft. The Kennesaw State alumnus led the NCAA in 3-point shooting percentage (54.1%) during his senior season. He was voted to the Atlantic Sun Conference Second Team during the 2017-18 season.

Masterson started 96 games in his four years with the Owls.

The Mad Ants also announced today center Amida Brimah will miss the 2019-20 season due to a torn ACL.

PLAYER POS H W COLLEGE/HOME COUNTRY STATUS
Brian Bowen II G 6-7 190 La Lumiere School (IN) Two-Way
Lovell Cabbil Jr. G 6-3 170 Liberty Tryout
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson G 6-5 200 Samford Returner
JaKeenan Gant F 6-8 220 Louisiana Affiliate
C.J. Gettys C 7-0 270 Rutgers Tryout
Kason Harrell G 6-2 192 Purdue Fort Wayne Tryout
Stephan Hicks G/F 6-6 200 Cal-State Northridge Returner
Walt Lemon Jr. G 6-3 180 Bradley Returner
Nick Masterson G 6-6 214 Kennesaw State Draft
D.J. McCall G/F 6-6 190 IUPUI Tryout
Naz Mitrou-Long G 6-4 218 Iowa State/Canada Two-Way
Jovan Mooring G 6-2 205 UNLV Returner
Ike Nwamu G 6-5 205 UNLV Returner
Hasheem Thabeet C 7-3 263 Connecticut/Tanzania Draft
Travin Thibodeaux F 6-8 235 New Orleans Returner
C.J. Wilcox G 6-5 195 Washington Affiliate

Training camp begins Monday at 5 p.m. at the Ash Centre.

The Mad Ants start the 2019-20 regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 at home against the Lakeland Magic. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Fans wishing to purchase season tickets or mini plans ahead of the 2019-20 season may call the ticket office at 260-469-4667 for more information.

About the Fort Wayne Mad Ants

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, are owned and operated by Pacers Sports & Entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ftwaynemadants.com or call 260-469-HOOP. Follow the Mad Ants on Twitter (@TheMadAnts), Facebook (/themadants) or Instagram (@fortwaynemadants).

About the NBA G League

The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Fifty-two percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2018-19 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.