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D-League honors Howard

Ants’ veteran wins award for sportsmanship

Howard

– Mad Ants guard Ron Howard was named the recipient of the Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, presented to the NBA Development League player who best represents character and conduct on and off the court.

It is the second consecutive day in which a Fort Wayne player has won a postseason award. Tuesday, Mad Ants guard Tony Mitchell was named the league’s rookie of the year.

A two-time NBA D-League All-Star, including this season, Howard averaged 19.1 points, 4.7 assists, 1.37 steals and 4.1 rebounds to help lead the Mad Ants (27-25) to their first winning season and D-League playoff appearance.

The 6-foot-5 veteran has been with the Mad Ants all or part of the team’s six years and has made more than 150 community appearances during his career.

“Over the last six seasons, Ron has defined what it means to be a good teammate and has become an important member of the Fort Wayne community,” Chris Alpert, vice president of basketball operations and player personnel for the NBA D-League, said in a released statement.

“Ron’s unwavering commitment to the Mad Ants and the city of Fort Wayne has been unparalleled, and his obvious passion for the game makes him an invaluable asset to his team. I congratulate Ron on his most successful season in Fort Wayne yet, and thank him for his dedication to being a role model in our league.”

The name of the Sportsmanship Award was changed in 2006 to honor former NBA D-League, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier, who died on Oct. 15, 2005. Collier was a 2003-04 All-NBA D-League first-team selection as a member of the Fayetteville Patriots. He was ready to begin his sixth NBA season at the time of his death.

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