The Mad Ants came out of the G League draft with a bevy of rookies – Rob Gray, Deion McClenton, Jared Sam and Casey Jones – and they got the rights to former NBA player Donald Sloan, as well as Trevor Cooney.
Gray was one of the most prolific scorers in University of Houston history, finishing eighth in program history with 1,710 points. He was the American Athletic Conference’s all-time leader in scoring. He also played two games with the Houston Rockets in the NBA’s Summer League this year.
McLenton, a three-time NAIA All-American, was Keiser University’s all-time leader in points (1,719), rebounds per game (10.1) and blocks (201). He was a finalist for the Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Award, which is presented annually to the player who had the finest overall season within small college basketball.
Sam played at Southern University from 2014 to 2018.
Fort Wayne agreed to a trade with Texas to send its 14th pick in the second round, Marquez Letcher-Ellis, for the 74th pick in this year’s draft, Jones, and the returning player rights to Sloan.
Jones scored 1,314 points in his four-year career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a two-time all conference selection.
Sloan, who played for the Indiana Pacers from 2013 to 2015, played for 24 games for Texas of the G League last season and averaged 18.8 points and 6.0 assists.
The Mad Ants later acquired Cooney from the Long Island Nets for a 2019 second-round pick. Cooney appeared in 22 games for the Nets in the 2016-17 season, averaging 3.5 points.
The Mad Ants, who will announce their roster Sunday, open training camp Monday.