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Ex-Mastodon earns D-League award

Former IPFW standout Frank Gaines was named the D-League’s most improved player Tuesday after his first season in the league.

The award goes to the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement through the course of the season.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard averaged a team-high 22.4 points, which was the fourth-best average in the D-League. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists, starting 34 of 48 games.

Gaines averaged 19.2 points in the first three months of the season and averaged 25.4 points in the season’s final three months.

“As a rookie with the Red Claws this season, Frank seized the opportunity to develop all aspects of his game,” Chris Alpert, vice president of basketball operations for the D-League, said in a release. “I’m thrilled that the league’s coaches took note of his marked improvement during the season, and I congratulate Frank on an impressive inaugural campaign.”