Mad Ants waive Stephan Hicks

By dvance | January 8, 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – January 8, 2022 – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced Saturday that they have waived forward Stephan Hicks.

Hicks rejoined the Mad Ants on December 13 after last playing for the team in 2020. He will leave the Mad Ants to pursue another playing opportunity overseas. Hicks played in five games with the Mad Ants since joining the team in late 2021. He scored 12 points in December 21’s record setting win over Wisconsin as part of the NBA G League Winter Showcase, shooting 4-of-5 from the field with nine rebounds in his best outing of the season.

“I appreciate the Mad Ants organization and the fans for welcoming me back. I know I was only here for a short period of time but I got a chance to play with a lot of great guys. Another opportunity for me came up and I decided that was the best thing for me right now in my career,” Hicks said.

Hicks sits second all-time in games played with 224 and points with 2,895. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in three pointers made and rebounding.

“It’s no secret Steph is a major piece of our franchise’s history, and was going to play a significant role in our season this year. So when he came to me about this unexpected international opportunity, it was emotional for us both,” Mad Ants General Manager Chris Taylor said. “But, as an organization, our goal has never wavered from finding ‘better basketball situations’ for our players and this is a prime example of that. While we hate to see him leave after such a short stint this time, we wish Steph nothing but the best in his continued career, and hope the door on a return as an Ant some day is never closed. Until then, #17 will always hold a special place with our fans and team.”

The Mad Ants will continue to celebrate Hicks’ legacy with the organization during this 15th Anniversary season. A Stephan Hicks bobblehead will be given away to fans on March 25 as part of Fan Appreciation Night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

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