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Akeem Wright Signs One-Year Contract In FIBA Europe Cup And Cyprus

TORONTO, October 18, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased toakeem-wright-setting-up-the-offense-courtesy-of-london-lightening-basketball announce that Akeem Wright has signed a one-year contract with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in FIBA Europe Cup and the Cyprian Division A.

Wright split the 2015-2016 season between Pyrinto Tampere in the Finnish Korisliiga and the London Lightning in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). He started the season in Pyrinto, averaging 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists over 14 games. Wright then moved to Canada, where he was instrumental in the Lightning’s NBLC Finals run, averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists over 48 total games. The Lightning eventually lost to the Halifax Hurricanes in the NBLC Finals and Wright was named a All-NBLC Honorable Mention.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, Wright started his collegiate basketball career at Neosho County Community College before transferring to Kansas State University for his final two seasons. In his final season at Kansas State, Wright averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Since then, he has played 9 seasons professionally in Europe, North America, the Middle East, South America, and New Zealand.

In 2011-2012, Wright was a National Basketball League of Canada All-Star while playing for the Moncton Miracles and the Oshawa Power. In the summer of 2012, he played for the Otago OceanaGold Nuggets in New Zealand’s National Basketball League, where he was 2nd in the league in scoring with 22.4 points per game. Wright then moved to Israel in 2012, where he averaged 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game for Maccabi Kiryat Gat. In the summer of 2013, Wright re-joined Otago in New Zealand, again finishing amongst the league leaders with 20.9 points.

In the 2013-2014 season, Wright split time between Club Baloncesto Valladolid in the Spanish Liga Endesa and SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk in the Ukrainian Superleague. He averaged 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game in Spain before moving to Ukraine.

Wright moved to Sweden for the 2014-2015 season, averaging 16.9 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Sundsvall Dragons, on his way to being named a All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team All Star.

“I’m excited to be with Apoel, playing in Cyprus and FIBA Europe Cup,” said Wright. “It should be a fun season and I can’t wait to get started.”

Apoel finished the 2015-2016 regular season in third place in the Cyprian Division A and lost in the league finals in the playoffs. This season they will also compete internationally in FIBA Europe Cup. In Stage One, Apoel will compete in Group J with Czech club BK Opava, Lithuanian club BC Siauliai, and a third club who will be named after the qualification round.

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Tiasha Gray Signs First Professional Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, October 18, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to b9315619714z-1_20141223171447_000_g0e9gg9mk-1-0announce that Tiasha Gray has signed her first professional contract with Mark Basket Marbo Kinna in the Swedish Damligan.

Gray, a 5’8’’ point guard, is coming off of her senior season at Austin Peay State University, where she was an All-Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) First Team All Star for the second consecutive season. On the season, she was the second leading scorer in the OVC, averaging 20.6 points per game. Gray also led the conference in assists and steals with 5.3 and 2.7 per game respectively.

A Clarksville, Tennessee native, Gray attended Clarksville High School before starting her collegiate career at Austin Peay State in 2012. She was named to the All-OVC Newcomer Team after averaging 8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals in her freshman season. By her junior season, she was one of the top players in the conference, leading the OVC and ranking 15th in the NCAA with 21.2 points per game. Gray was also second in the country in steals that season with 3.7 per game en route to earning the OVC Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Gray leaves Austin Peay State as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1911 career points. She is also second in school history in career assists with 518 and first in career steals with 315. A great student throughout her collegiate career, Gray was named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2015 and was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at Austin Peay State three different times.

“I am so blessed to have this opportunity,” said Gray. “It has been my dream to play professionally and I am going to make the most of it.”

Gray joins a Mark Basket club that is 3-2 through its first 5 games of the regular season. The team is excited to add Tiasha’s playmaking ability on offence and leadership on both ends of the court.

“We are really excited to add Tiasha and I am excited to work with her,” said Mark Basket Head Coach Robin Sandberg. “Tiasha is going to bring a lot to the table on both offence and defense. Her calmness with the ball and the way she scores make her really interesting for us.”

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Nick Okorie Signs With Island Storm In The National Basketball League Of Canada

TORONTO, October 17, 2016 – Slan Sportsnick-okorie-island-storm-nblc Management is pleased to announce that Nick Okorie has signed a one-year contract with the Island Storm in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC).

Okorie, a 6’1’’ combo guard, began the 2015-16 campaign with WBC Raiffeisen Wels in the Austria A Bundesliga. In seven games with Wels, he averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, before moving onto the London Lightning of the NBLC in November 2015. In London, Okorie contributed 12.6 points, 3.8 assists, and 0.9 steals per game, helping the Lightning finish the regular season as the NBLC’s Central Division Champion.

A Houston, Texas native, Okorie graduated from Texas Tech University in the NCAA in 2010, where he averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in his senior season. His contributions helped to lead the Red Raiders to the Elite 8 of the National Invitational Tournament. He then played professionally in Finland and Germany before moving to the NBLC in 2012. In his first season in Canada, Okorie averaged 19.0 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Oshawa Power. As a result, he was selected to participate in the 2013 NBLC All Star Game and was an All-NBLC Honourable Mention.

In the 2013-2014 season, Okorie split time between the Mississauga Power of the NBLC and the Island Storm. He finished the season with the Island Storm, leading his team to the NBLC Finals where they lost in seven games to the Windsor Express. Okorie was named to the NBLC All-Playoff First Team after averaging 22.6 points and 4.9 assists throughout the playoffs. In 35 total games with the Storm, Okorie averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He also ranked 5th in the NBLC for three-pointers made on the season, knocking down 130 from behind the arc.

Okorie started the 2014-2015 season in Denmark before moving back to the NBLC. While with the Aalborg Vikings in Denmark, Okorie averaged 23.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over 12 games. He then re-joined the Island Storm where he averaged 16.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over the remaining 28 games of the NBLC season. Okorie, who has been an efficient three-point shooter throughout his career, shot 38.5% from beyond the arc on the season. He helped lead the Island Storm all the way to the NBLC semifinals, where they lost in five games to the Halifax Rainmen. Okorie was named to the 2014-2015 All-NBLC Third Team.

“I’m just happy to be able to get back to work with the Island Storm organization,” said Okorie. “I have one intention for my team this year, and that is to win.”

The Island Storm finished the 2015-2016 regular season with a 14-25 record. They were subsequently defeated by the Halifax Hurricanes 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the NBLC playoffs.

“We are extremely excited to have Nick as part of our organization again for the upcoming season,” said Joe Salerno, Island Storm Head Coach. “He has proven to be a top 10 player in this league year after year, and has always had great success with our organization. One thing our franchise was lacking last season was a go-to scorer, and Nick certainly brings that to the table. We look forward to Nick having another big season with the Storm in our pursuit of an NBL Championship.”

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Brandon Sherrod Signs First Professional Contract In Italy

TORONTO, October 13, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brandon Sherrod has signed a one-year contract with MEC Energy Roseto in Italy’s Serie A2.

Sherrod, a 6’6’’ power forward/center is coming off a standout senior season at Yale University, where he was named to the All-Ivy League First Team. He was the 14th best scorer and 8th best rebounder in the conference, averaging 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Sherrod also finished with the third best field goal percentage in the Ivy League at 56.8 percent. This past February, he set an NCAA record, converting on 30 consecutive field goal attempts. Sherrod capped off the season by leading Yale to the NCAA Tournament where they knocked off fifth-seeded Baylor before losing a close game to number one seeded Duke.hc-yale-basketball-vs-columbia-20160205

A Bridgeport, Connecticut native, Sherrod played at Stratford High School and went on to win the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010. He then attended Choate Rosemary Hall Boarding School, where he was selected the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Player of the Year in 2011.

Sherrod started his collegiate career with Yale in 2011, winning the John C. Cobb Award for Yale Rookie of the Year in his freshman season. His role improved in each of his first three years at Yale, before Sherrod took a year off to travel with the Yale Wiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella singing group. He then returned for an all-star season in his senior year.

“I am so blessed to have the opportunity to play the game I love as a professional,” said Sherrod. “I am very excited to join the Roseta Sharks, a team that is an amazing organization with awesome fans. I am also so very grateful for the work Slan Sports Management put in to make this happen. I want to give a huge thank you to Coach Anthony Goins and Kwame Burwell for helping me expand my game this summer. Thank you to my family and friends for all the support throughout this summer. I am really looking forward to this next chapter of my life. God has been so good.”

Sherrod joins a Roseto team that finished 5th in the Serie A2 East Division standings last season and is off to a 2-0 start in 2016-2017.

“I followed Brandon closely during his senior season at Yale and I think he is a very mature player for his age and he will fit in well to our system,” said Emanuele di Paolantonio. “He is what we need on the court to complete our roster, both offensively and defensively. I decided on Brandon after speaking with him because he seems to be a good person as well.”

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