The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, announced today that they will hold open tryouts on Saturday, October 1st for the 2016-17 season of the NBA Development League. The open tryout will be held at the McMillen Park Community Center located at 3901 Abbott Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806.
Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. with the tryout beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until 3:00 p.m. Players will receive an official Mad Ants tryout jersey upon registration.
Spectators are invited to attend tryouts for an entry fee of $2 for adults, and will be free for children.
The Mad Ants local player tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ coaching staff. Players will compete to earn an invitation to the team’s training camp, which will begin in early November.
Players who are interested in trying out for the Mad Ants on October 1st should submit the official registration and release forms. Registration fee is $150, which is non-refundable and must be returned to the Mad Ants office by Wednesday September 28th. All forms received after the 28th will be charged a $200 registration fee (pre-registration is not required and athletes may register on the morning of the tryout). Payments must be made by money order or cashier’s check. Application forms are available on the Mad Ants’ website at www.fortwaynehoops.com.
About the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the NBA Development League: The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, are the NBA Development affiliate of the NBA Indiana Pacers. Established in 2007, the Mad Ants have marked their success in back-to-back Championship appearances, coming out on top in 2014 and returning to the Championship series in 2015. The 2014-2015 season also named the Mad Ants as the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent through call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.