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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 4:40 pm

Mad Ants to play twice in Las Vegas

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The G League announced its annual Winter Showcase, in which all league teams participate in front of NBA scouts, will be held this season in Las Vegas from Dec. 19 to 22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The Mad Ants will face Salt Lake City at 5 p.m. local time Dec. 20. And they will play South Bay at noon Dec. 22.

The event will be closed to fans and a broadcast schedule hasn’t yet been unveiled.

Last season, 11 players signed NBA contracts coming out of the Showcase, according to the G League, including Trey Burke of the Westchester Knicks.

For the first time, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will host more than 20 players from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers for top prospects from outside the U.S.

The prospects will scrimmage against one another, participate in the 2018 Tarkanian Classic and receive life-skills programming focusing on education, leadership, health and wellness, and character development.

Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi National Capital Region, India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Saly, Senegal.

jcohn@jg.net