Former Notre Dame standout Luke Harangody will likely miss the rest of the Mad Ants' season due to lingering knee issues.
Harangody practiced with the team Friday, but told the team Friday night that he would be unable to continue to play in the immediate future. He underwent knee surgery in the offseason, but came back and played well for a stretch with the Mad Ants. But he has missed most of the last month with lingering pain.
“I think he's doubtful for the rest of the year,” Mad Ants president Jeff Potter said. “Last game (March 5) he played, but I guess there was some discomfort there he's struggling with. Hopefully, he can come back, but if not we've got a good group out there."
The Mad Ants lost a 109-102 overtime game to the Bakersfield Jam, the NBA Development League's best team, on Sunday night at the Memorial Coliseum.
Harangody scored 16 points against Canton last Tuesday, his first time back since early February.
“He practiced Friday and called me later that night and said, 'I can't do it,' “ Potter said. “So I have to respect his feelings, I guess. Something's not right (with the knee). He's a good kid. He works hard. It's a tough break.”
Potter said Harangody informed him of his status about 30-40 minutes before the D-League trade deadline or he might have tried to make a deal to acquire another scorer for the homestretch.
The Ants are 19-20 and fighting for a playoff berth. They have 11 games remaining.
Harangody averaged 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds – both team highs – in 17 games this season.