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Sunday, January 20, 2019 6:10 pm

Hicks gets 1st NBA shot

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Stephan Hicks, the longest tenured Mad Ants player, has gotten his shot in the NBA. The Indiana Pacers, who own and operate the Mad Ants, signed Hicks to a 10-day contract in advance of their game Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets in Indianapolis.

“He exemplifies everything we’re all about with the Mad Ants. He’s always done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s such a hard-working player and this is so well-deserving for him” Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey said.

Hicks is the only player to start every game this season for the Mad Ants. He’s averaged a career-best 16.2 points with 6.9 rebounds in 27 games this season, his fourth with Fort Wayne.

He ranks among the top five in Mad Ants history in points (1,951), rebounds (822), field goals made (669), field goal percentage (47.3 percent) and free throw percentage (81.5 percent).

The signing is similar to last year, when the Pacers gave Trey McKinney Jones, a long-time Mad Ants player, a shot with his first 10-day NBA contract.

jcohn@jg.net