Think you can hoop? Mad Ants holding open tryouts Oct. 17 and 18 in Fort Wayne

The Pacers have purchased the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The Pacers have purchased the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Calling all ballers… Here’s your shot to make — or at least be seen — by an NBA Developmental League staff.

The Indiana Pacers’ D-League team, the Mad Ants, will be holding open trouts Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th up in Fort Wayne. Tryouts will take place at the McMillen Park Community Center located at 3901 Abbott Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806.

All the details:

The first day of this Fort Wayne tryout will be Saturday, October 17th at the McMillen Park Community Center with check-in beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the tryout beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. lasting until around 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, with kids entering for free.

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 17th should submit the official registration and release forms, in addition to a $150 non-refundable fee to the Mad Ants office by Wednesday, October 14th. The registration fee is $200 for all forms received after Wednesday, October 14th (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

The Mad Ants, who have yet to announce a coaching staff, open their 50-game regular season on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Basketball fans in Fort Wayne can see the Pacers in person at the Coliseum on Oct. 22 as they’ll conclude their preseason slate against the Charlotte Hornets.

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