Mad Ants training camp roster includes Watford, Zeisloft

Indiana forward Christian Watford signals aftyer hitting a three-point basket against Purdue in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, have announced their  2016-17 training camp roster.

The roster will highlight five returning players. Trey McKinney-Jones, a  member of the 2014 Championship team, will rejoin the team after spending last season in Hungary. The remaining returners include;  Stephan Hicks, Marcus Simmons, Anthony Walker, and Christian Watford (acquired through a trade during the 2015-16 season).

The 15-man roster includes the additions of Ben Bentil, Alex Poythress, Julyan Stone, and Nick Zeisloft as affiliate players from the Indiana Pacers. Zeisloft, an Indiana University standout, averaged 6.5 points per game his senior season. He also finished first in the Big Ten in three point field goal percentage.

Mad Ants made three selections from the 2016 NBA D-League draft, acquired an additional player through draft-day trade. Two local tryout athlete will also be featured in training camp.

Training camp begins Tuesday; the Mad Ants will open the 2016-17 season at Greensboro, against the Swarm at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th.  Home opener for the Mad Ants will be Sunday, November 25th at 5:00 p.m.

Join the Indiana Pacers’ affiliate, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, as they are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary season. Tickets for the 2016-17 season are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets and the Allen County War Memorial Box Office. For more information on ticket plans and promotions visit or call a Mad Ants representative at (260) 469-HOOP

Listed below is the team’s roster:


Name                                  Position   Height      Weight        College                                             Acquired

Ben Bentil                              F               6-9              235              Providence                                      Affiliate

Chris Fowler                         G               6-1              191              Central Michigan                           Draft

Ashton Gibbs                       G               6-2              190              Pittsburgh                                        Tryout

Stephan Hicks                       F               6-6              200              CSU-Northridge                             Returning

Travis Leslie                           F               6-4              205              Georgia                                             Draft

Jordan Loyd                          G               6-4              210              University of Indianapolis          Draft

Trey McKinney-Jones      G               6-5              220              Miami (FL)                                        Returning

  1. Victor Nickerson            F                6-8              185              Valparaiso                                        Tryout

Alex Poythress                    C               6-7              238              Kentucky                                          Affiliate

Marcus Simmons               F                6-6              220              USC                                                     Returning

Julyan Stone                        G               6-6              200              UTEP                                                  Affiliate

Anthony Walker                 C               6-9              220              UT-Arlington                                   Returning

Christian Watford              F                6-9              220              Indiana                                              Returning

Adam Woodbury               C               7-1              245              Iowa                                                   Trade

Nick Zeisloft                         G               6-4              185              Indiana                                              Affiliate