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Stephan Hicks Named First Ron Howard Mr. Mad Ant Award Recipient

March 18, 2024 - NBA G League (G League)
Indiana Mad Ants News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Prior to tipoff of today's game opposite the Delaware Blue Coats, the Indiana Mad Ants presented the inaugural Ron Howard Mr. Mad Ant Award to Stephan Hicks.

Hicks, a Mad Ants veteran, is the franchise's all-time leader in games played, wins, total rebounds, defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds.

The Indiana Mad Ants and General Manager Chris Taylor have announced the formation of the award last week to be presented to an active player at the end of the regular season selected by Mad Ants coaching and front Office staff.

Hick was selected based upon his ability to best exemplify Embracing the Grind and the meaning of what it takes to be a Mad Ant.

The award is named in honor of the legendary player - and now broadcaster - Ron Howard. Ron, notably nicknamed "Mr. Mad Ant" for his illustrious Mad Ants career spanning 2007-2014, who was recognized by the organization by retiring his #19 uniform.

"Ron embodied the grit and grind nature of the NBA G League (formerly National Basketball Development League) and this is a fitting tribute to Ron's legacy while celebrating a current player for their dedication, professionalism, and commitment to our franchise," Taylor said.

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