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Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Re-Signs With Galitos In Portugal

TORONTO, August 19, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased toJarred Jackson3 announce that Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson has re-signed with Galitos Futebol Clube of the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB) on a one-year deal.

Ogungbemi-Jackson, a 5’10” point guard, had an all star first professional season last year with Galitos. He was selected to both the midseason All Star Game and to the Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team. Over the course of the season, Ogungbemi-Jackson also earned three Eurobasket.com Portuguese LPB Player of the Week awards. As the team’s starting point guard, Ogungbemi-Jackson averaged 14.8 points and ranked 5th in the league in assists with 4.0 per game, while adding 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest. He also shot 85.9% from the free-throw line.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ogungbemi-Jackson graduated high school from Garden City Collegiate, where he averaged 28.0 points, 10.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game in his senior year. In his final two seasons there, he was named Most Outstanding High School Player in Manitoba as he led his team to back-to-back provincial titles, and was named MVP of the 2009 Manitoba Championship Game.

After high school, Ogungbemi-Jackson joined the University of Calgary Dinos in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). As a freshman, he averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, helping the Dinos all the way to the CIS semifinals. He elevated his play significantly in his second full season, averaging 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. In his third and fourth years, he cracked the 20-point barrier, ranking 7th in the country at 20.7 points per game in 2012-2013 and 5th with 20.6 points per game in 2013-2014. Over his collegiate career, he amassed two All-Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CanWest) 1st Team selections, one All-CanWest 2nd Team selection, and one All-CIS 2nd Team selection in 2015. Ogungbemi-Jackson left the University of Calgary as the program’s all-time leader in steals with 217, and 3rd all-time leading scorer with 1,799 career points.

Ogungbemi-Jackson also competed internationally for Canada as part of the Development National Team at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. At the tournament, he averaged 5.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.

“I’m very excited to continue my professional basketball career with Galitos,” said Ogungbemi-Jackson. “I believe in the coaching staff, the organization, and the culture we’ve built. I am determined to push the team to even greater heights than we achieved last year.”

Galitos finished the 2015-2016 regular season in 5th place in the LPB and qualified for the playoffs. They were defeated by Oliveirense Basquetebol 3-2 in the LPB quarterfinals.

For more information and individual box scores for Jarred throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jarred-ogungbemi-jackson.

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Chris Johnson Signs One-Year Contract In Portugal

TORONTO, August 17, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased tochris-johnson-going-in-for-the-easy-layup-glasgow-rocks announce that Chris Johnson has signed a one-year contract with Illiabum Clube of the Portuguese Basketball League (LPB).

Johnson, a 6’5” guard/forward, averaged 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 11 games for the Niagara River Lions in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) this past season.

A North Preston, Nova Scotia native, Johnson moved to Toronto to play his high school basketball at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute. He then started his collegiate career with Kilgore College in the National Junior College Athletic Association, before transferring to St. Bonaventure in the NCAA for his final two seasons. In his junior year with the Bonnies, Johnson averaged 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds, while registering the 5th best single-season free throw percentage in St. Bonaventure history, making 87.7% from the line. The Bonnies won their first ever Atlantic 10 Conference Title that season. In his senior year, Johnson ranked 20th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 12.6 points per game while shooting 38.0% from three-point range.

Johnson started his professional career in 2013 with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League (BBL). He averaged 14.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists that season while helping lead the Rocks all the way to the BBL Finals. Johnson’s most recent European stint came in 2014-2015 with En Baskets Schwelm in the German Pro B League, where he averaged 18.4 points, 2.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds.

“I’m pleased to be joining Illiabum in Portugal for the upcoming season,” said Johnson. “I’ve heard nothing but good things regarding the club and the country. I plan on bringing a winning mentality along with a first class work ethic to help our team get to the top.”

Illiabum Clube is moving up to the LPB after winning Portugal’s Second Division, the Proliga, last year. They finished the regular season in 1st place with a 17-3 record, before eventually taking down Atletico Clube in the Proliga Finals.

“We are glad to have signed a player like Chris,” said Ricardo Vasconcelos, Illiabum Head Coach. “We are counting on him to help the team with his great basketball ability and competitive personality.”

For more information and individual box scores for Chris throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/chris-johnson.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Mathie.

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Daniel Mullings Signs One-Year Contract In Finland & FIBA Europe Cup

TORONTO, August 10, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to Daniel-Mullings-step-back-courtesy-of-Peter-Kolbannounce that Daniel Mullings has signed a one-year contract with Joensuun Kataja Basket of Finland’s Korisliiga. Kataja will also join either the Basketball Champions League or FIBA Europe Cup, depending on the results of qualifying matches to take place in September.

Mullings, a 6’2” guard, is coming off of a standout summer season with the JiangHuai Lightning in China’s National Basketball League (NBL). In 10 games played, Mullings ranked 7th in the NBL in scoring with 33.0 points per game, and led the league in steals with 4.6 steals per game. He also contributed 10.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 60.2% on 2-point field goals.

A Toronto, Ontario native, Mullings attended high school at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute. He won two league championships there before joining New Mexico State University in the NCAA to begin his collegiate career. Mullings started all four years at New Mexico State, and was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year as a junior. That year, he averaged 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Mullings was also named to the All-WAC First Team twice and to the WAC All-Defensive Team three times. In 2013, Mullings was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 6 2nd Team, while the next year he was named to the NABC Division I All-District 6 1st Team. He currently holds records as New Mexico State University’s all-time leader in career steals with 249 and career free throws made with 463, while ranking 4th all-time with 1677 career points.

Last season, Mullings competed in his rookie professional season with Medi Bayreuth in the German Basketball Bundesliga. There, he averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 15.8 minutes per game. Mullings shot 51.0% from 2-point range, and 30.8% from behind the arc.

Mullings has also competed for Canada at the international level. He joined the Canadian University National Team at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. There he was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team. Mullings was subsequently named to the Canadian Men’s Senior National Team for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where the team went on to win a silver medal.

Mullings believes he has made some big strides over the last year and is confident heading into his second season in Europe.

“I cannot wait to get started on my second professional season,” said Mullings. “I am looking forward to suiting up for Kataja this year and going to work in Finland and Champions League or FIBA Europe Cup.”

Kataja finished 1st place in the Korisliiga last season, posting a 29-7 record. They were eliminated by BC Nokia in the quarterfinals of the Korisliiga playoffs, losing the series 3-1. The club also had a successful FIBA Europe Cup season, going 4-2 in round one and advancing to the second group phase, before being eliminated.

“We are very excited about having Daniel in Kataja this coming season,” said Kataja Head Coach, Greg Gibson. “Daniel will bring a lot of flexibility to our team at both ends of the floor. We are looking forward to working with him very soon.”

For more information and individual box scores for Daniel throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/daniel-mullings.

Photo courtesy of Peter Kolb.

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Flenard Whitfield Signs One-Year Contract In Iceland

TORONTO, August 8, 2016 – Slan Sports ManagementFlenard is pleased to announce that Flenard Whitfield has signed a one-year contract with U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes in the Icelandic Dominos League.

Whitfield, a 6’7” forward, is coming off of his best of three seasons with the Orangeville A’s organization in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). In 37 games with the A’s this season, Whitfield averaged 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. He shot 47.4% from two-point field goal range and 33.1% from behind the three-point line. Orangeville finished fourth in the Central Division and lost in the NBLC Quarterfinals to eventual Finalists, the London Lightning,

A Detroit, Michigan native, Whitfield attended Martin Luther King Jr. High School before starting his collegiate career at Western Michigan University. Whitfield averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in his freshman year, earning Mid American Conference (MAC) All-Freshman Team honors. Whitfield became a more prominent part of the offense by his sophomore year, averaging double-figures in scoring for his remaining three seasons. His best statistical year was his junior season, when he averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Whitfield helped lead Western Michigan to the MAC Semi Finals in 2010 and 2011 and was named an All-MAC Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012. He finished his NCAA career with 1211 total points.

In 2013, Whitfield started his professional career, a summer season with the Albury Wodonga Bandits in the South East Australian Basketball League. There he averaged 14.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. In the fall of 2013, he moved to Canada to join the Brampton A’s, who eventually rebranded to become the Orangeville A’s in 2015. Over three seasons with the A’s, Whitfield helped the team to the second best record in the league in 2014 and the NBLC Semifinals in 2015.

Whitfield is excited to start his European career this fall and continue to grow as a player in Borganes.

“I would just like to thank Borganes for the opportunity to expand my career and excel as a basketball players in Iceland,” said Whitfield. “It is truly a blessing and I cannot wait to arrive in such a beautiful country and begin working towards a championship!”

In 2015-2016, Borganes won the Iceland Division 1 Championship, defeating Fjolnir in the league finals. For the coming season, they have been promoted to Iceland’s top league, the Dominos League.

For more information and individual box scores for Flenard throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/flenard-whitfield.

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