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Kevin Coble is with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League

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Well, this comes out of left field: Kevin Coble, who I haven't heard from in two years, is playing in the NBA D-League for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and has been for about a week.

For those of you unfamiliar, the D-League is an NBA-sponsored minor league where the teams have loose affiliations to NBA teams - it's not a direct farm league like in the MLB or NHL. Coble signed last week and is has played in three games for the Mad Ants.

If you haven't heard anything from Coble recently, neither have we. He got hurt his senior year, redshirted, then decided to quit the team and get his degree, and I haven't heard anything basketball related since. reports he's been practicing for a few months, and this interview with Coble says he thought about coming into the D-League just last week. (He doesn't pick Northwestern to win the Big Ten tournament, and apparently thought the team won its first game two years ago.) As his new head coach noted in an interview with SBN's Ridiculous Upside, Coble hasn't played in a while: his last time playing basketball was the exhibition game before the 2009-2010 season, the last time he played an actual game was 2008-2009. Coble is now 26 years old (another website lied.) and trying to make the league. It'll be a tough road.

Some tidbits about his team: they have the most terrifying mascot ever, Christian Laettner is an assistant coach, and the player who had the roster spot before Coble was our good Skeletor-esque enemy Mike Tisdale, who left the team for personal reasons. NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti works with the team in some regard, so good on them.

Its tough to know whether to support Coble or not. Things didn't end well here - you'd figure NU Sports would have mentioned something about it, but, nothing on that front, Alex Marcotullio thought I was joking on twitter. Either way, it is what it is - there's a Northwestern graduate playing professional basketball somewhere in the United States.