Jeff Potter, president of the Mad Ants, was selected the D-League’s Team Executive of the Year after leading Fort Wayne to its first title in its seventh season of play.
The award was voted on by his peers.
“I am deeply honored, humbled and thankful that my peers voted to give me this wonderful award,” Potter said. “It has been a banner year for the Mad Ants both in our business and on the court, and it does not happen without my fantastic staff, which helps make this job the best in the world. I share this award with them and our entire Mad Ants family.”
The Mad Ants won the regular-season title with a 34-16 record, also garnering their first division title and second playoff berth.
In the postseason, they went 6-0, sweeping Reno, Sioux Falls and Santa Cruz.
Despite six NBA affiliations, the Mad Ants got very little help from the NBA on their run; the only players sent down were Peyton Siva, Tony Mitchell, Jamaal Franklin, Orlando Johnson and Solomon Hill.
The roster that Potter helped put together did the work -- Ron Howard was selected co-MVP and won the D-League’s Sportsmanship Award; Conner Henry got Coach of the Year; Howard was first-team all-league; the other Tony Mitchell was third-team; Trey McKinney-Jones was third-team all-rookie; and Sadiel Rojas was second-team all-defense.
A member of the board of directors for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Potter’s effect stretched beyond the court, as he forged a partnership with Lutheran Health Network, the first presenting sponsorship in the team’s history, and enhanced the team’s social responsibility initiatives, which included more than 160 community service projects.
Previous winners of the award include Bill Boyce (Texas Legends, 2013), David Higdon (Bakersfield Jam, 2012), Bert Garcia (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 2011) and Jon Jennings (Maine Red Claws, 2010).
“We are very pleased to honor Jeff with the Team Executive of the Year Award in recognition of the Mad Ants' milestone year both on and off the floor,” D-League president Dan Reed said. “Under Jeff’s leadership, the team has become an integral part of the Fort Wayne community and established itself as part of the rich tradition of Indiana basketball.”