From the Milwaukee Bucks:

The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned rookie forward Larry Sanders 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. Sanders will meet with the team today in Fort Wayne and his first game with the Mad Ants will be Tuesday against Springfield.

“This is an opportunity for Larry to receive regular minutes and continue his skill development,” Hammond said. “We’re looking forward to seeing his progress as he works with Coach Meyer and his Fort Wayne teammates.”

Sanders, 22, was drafted by the Bucks with the 15th overall selection out of Virginia Commonwealth University in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has appeared in 36 games this season (eight starts) and averaged 4.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He is tied for the NBA single-game high of eight blocks this season and his 44 blocks leads all first-year players.

Due to an illness, back spasms and a tightened rotation, Sanders has played in just three of the Bucks past 10 games.  His most productive outing during that period was the Bucks final game before the All-Star break against the Denver Nuggets.  In six minutes, Sanders dunked twice, scored on a layup and grabbed two rebounds.

He is the first Bucks player to be assigned to the D-League this season.  Last season Milwaukee assigned Joe Alexander to the D-League, only to trade him weeks later as apart of the deal to acquire John Salmons. No other Bucks players have been assigned to the D-League under the current regime.

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