The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned second-year forward Joe Alexander to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana) of the NBA Development League (D-League), General Manager John Hammond announced today. Fort Wayne is led by Head Coach Joey Meyer, who previously coached the Bucks D-League affiliate in Tulsa. Alexander will meet with the team tomorrow and his first game with the Mad Ants will be Friday at Iowa.
“This is a good opportunity for Joe to receive regular minutes in real game action and continue his development as he returns from injury,” Hammond said. “We’re looking forward to seeing his progress as he works with Coach Meyer and his Fort Wayne teammates.”
Alexander, 23, was drafted by the Bucks with the eighth overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. He appeared in 59 games as a rookie in 2008-09 and averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. Alexander has not appeared in a game this season after suffering a strained right hamstring in training camp. He played three seasons at West Virginia prior to entering the NBA. In 82 games (70 starts) at West Virginia, he averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks. He was a First Team All-Big East selection as a junior.
In previous seasons the Bucks have sent Ersan Ilyasova (2005-06), Damir Markota (2007), David Noel (2007-08) and Ramon Sessions (2007-08) to the D-League. The NBA Development League also includes the Albuquerque T-Birds (New Mexico), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (California), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, North Dakota), Erie Bayhawks (Pennsylvania), Frisco (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Iowa Energy (Des Moines), Los Angeles D-Fenders (California), Maine Red Claws (Portland), Reno Bighorns (Nevada), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Texas), Sioux Falls Skyforce (South Dakota), Springfield Armor (Massachusetts), Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma), Utah Flash (Provo).