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Notre Dame alum wins D-League honor

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Mad Ants newcomer Luke Harangody continues to soar

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Mad Ants forward Luke Harangody doesn't keep a mental log of his points during a basketball game. Rebounds are another story.

Harangody's season-high 21 rebounds (along with 19 points) in the Ants' win at Erie in Saturday closed out a stretch that has earned him the NBA Development League's Performer of the Week award.

In the last three wins of the Ants' seven-game winning streak, Harangody averaged 21.3 points, 16.3 rebounds and three assists.

“With rebounds, I take it upon myself to get on the glass and set the tone,” Harangody said. “One of the things I look for is to be active in rebounding.”

Harangody, a standout at the University of Notre Dame, was acquired in a trade for JaJuan Johnson last month. Before joining the Ants, Harangody had not played in a game this season. He had a procedure on his knee in the offseason, but he has shown little signs of rust.

He scored 27 with 18 rebounds in a win over Rio Grande Valley at the D-League Showcase, then followed that up with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Tulsa.

His six-game averages are 18.8 points and 14.7 rebounds. He has had double-doubles in five games, and sat out once to rest his knee.

“Adding Luke has made a big difference,” Mad Ants coach Duane Ticknor said. “He's relentless going after every ball.”

Harangody's strong play since joining the Mad Ants has attracted the attention of some NBA scouts who wanted to see how he would play since his knee surgery.

“There are some things out there, but I'm focused on this right now,” Harangody said. “If something happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I'm having a blast right now. When you win seven in a row, it's fun. I look forward to continued success with Fort Wayne.”

The Mad Ants (10-10) travel to Los Angeles to play the D-Fenders on Wednesday. Indiana Pacers rookie Miles Plumlee and Milwaukee Bucks rookie Doron Lamb will play with the Ants during their four-game road trip.