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Murphy Burnatowski Signs One-Year Contract In Switzerland

TORONTO, July 26, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Murphy Burnatowski has signed a one-year contract with Fribourg Olympic of the Switzerland Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNA).

Burnatowski, a 6’7’’ forward, spent last seasons with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus and FIBA Europe Cup. In 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup, he averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. In Cyprus, Burnatowski was 12th in the league in scoring with 13.1 points per game. He also averaged 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest. Apoel finished third in the regular season before losing in the semi finals of the Division A playoffs. Burnatowski was selected to participate in the Division A All Star Game, and was named a Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention as well as a member of the All-Defensive Team.

A Waterloo, Ontario native, Burnatowski attended Canada Basketball’s National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) before heading to the NCAA. He started his collegiate career at the University of Maine, where he played two seasons before transferring to Colgate University.

Burnatowksi was an impact player right away at Colgate, averaging 17.4 points in his junior season, good for third best in the Patriot League. That season, he was also 10th in the conference in rebounding with 5.1 per game and tied for second in steals with 1.3 per game. In his senior season, Burnatowski was selected to his second consecutive All-Patriot League Second Team after averaging 14.2 points per contest, again third best in the conference. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds, and shot a career-best 37.9 percent from three-point range.

Burnatowski started his professional career in 2014 with WKS Slask Wroclaw in the Polish Tauron Basket Liga (TBL). He played 12 games there before moving to the Czech Republic to join Sluneta Usti nad Labem. In the Czech Republic, Burnatowski averaged 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 steals in 21 games.

In 2015-2016, Burnatowski played his first season in Switzerland for Starwings Basket Regio Basel. He was third in the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game while adding 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest. Burnatowski was selected to the Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Imports Team as well as the All-Swiss LNA Second Team.

“I’m excited to be able to compete for the Swiss championship with Fribourg,” said Burnatowski. “The team has great coaching and facilities that will allow me to improve as a player along the way.”

Last season, Fribourg finished first place in the regular season standings, but lost to the Geneva Lions in the semi finals of the LNA playoffs.

“Murphy is a special player who we have liked for a long time,” said Petar Aleksic, Fribourg Head Coach. “He brings character on and off the court, and we are looking forward to having him here in Fribourg.”

For more information and individual box scores for Murphy throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/murphy-burnatowski.

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Brandon Sherrod Signs One-Year Contract In Italy

TORONTO, July 25, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brandon Sherrod has signed a one-year contract with Scafati Basket in Italy’s Serie A2 League.

Sherrod, a 6’6” power forward/center, is coming off of his first professional season with the Roseto Sharks in the East Group of Italy’s Serie A2 Basket. As a starter in 34 games, Sherrod averaged 12.8 points and ranked 12th in the league in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game. Sherrod also shot 60.1% from two-point field goal range and added 1.4 assists per game. In Round 25, Sherrod posted 25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block against Chieti, earning Italian Serie A2 Player of the Week honors. Roseto advanced to the quarterfinals of the Serie A2 playoffs, where they were eliminated by Virtus Bologna, the eventual league champions.

While playing in Roseto, Sherrod, a classically trained singer, formed a group and put out an album, Brandon Sherrod and the Sharks – Italian Journey. For more on Brandon and his group you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Brandon-Sherrod-the-Sharks-Italian-Journey-212903292522043/about/?ref=page_internal.

A Bridgeport, Connecticut native, Sherrod first played basketball at Stratford High School. In his senior season with Stratford, he averaged 15.8 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 6.4 blocks per game. His contributions led the team to a 27-0 record and a Class L state championship. Sherrod was named the 2010 Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He then attended Choate Rosemary Hall Boarding School, where he was named the 2011 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Player of the Year and also earned a spot on the 2011 MaxPreps.com Top 100 Recruits list.

Sherrod began his collegiate career in 2011 with the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA. In his first season, he won the John C. Cobb Award for Yale Rookie of the Year. Sherrod’s play improved over the next two seasons, and his contributions helped Yale finish as the Ivy League Runner-Up in 2014. In 2014-2015, Sherrod took a year off to travel with the Yale Wiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella singing group. He then returned to the Bulldogs basketball squad as a senior. That season, Sherrod was named to the All-Ivy League First Team. He ranked fourteenth in scoring and eighth in rebounding in the conference, averaging 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds respectively. Sherrod also ranked third in field goal percentage in the Ivy League that season, shooting 56.8%. In February 2016, 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 first-seeded Duke in the round of 32.

Sherrod is excited for the opportunity to continue playing basketball in Italy with a new group of teammates.

“I am extremely excited to be returning to Italy for my second professional season,” said Sherrod. “Scafati is a great organization and I’m expecting us to have a great year. As always, thank you to my friends, coaches, family and my agency for getting me here once again! Andiamo!”

In 2016-2017, Scafati finished fourteenth in Serie A2’s West Group with a 11-19 record.

“I followed Brandon in his last year at Roseto and I think he’s a good player for our system. We need his energy and his capacity to constantly move on the floor,” said Scafati Head Coach, Giovanni Perdichizzi. “He’s what we need on the court to complete our roster, both offensively and defensively. I hope he can help us and he’ll be improved at the end of the year.”

For more information and individual box scores for Brandon throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-sherrod.

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Seger Bonifant Signs One-Year Contract In Germany

TORONTO, July 24, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Seger Bonifant has signed a one-year contract with Ehingen Urspring of Germany’s Pro A league.

Bonifant, a 6’7” forward, recently finished his first professional season with Club Baloncesto Clavijo of the Spanish LEB Gold League. In 32 games, Bonifant averaged 9.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He shot 50.0% from two-point range and ranked seventh in the league in three-point shooting for all players with at least 20 games played at 45.3%. Of all forwards in the league, Bonifant was the fourth-most accurate from three-point range.

A Berlin, Ohio native, Bonifant attended Hiland High School prior to starting his collegiate career at West Liberty University in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) of NCAA Division II. There, he became the NCAA’s all-time leader in three-point percentage across all divisions, with a career mark of 53.1%.

In his junior year, Bonifant emerged as one of the top scorers in NCAA II basketball, averaging 22.8 points per game. He shot an NCAA II record 52.2% from three-point range that season, and won the Atlantic Region and MEC Player of the Year awards. Bonifant was also named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America First Team and to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II All-America Team.

In his senior season, Bonifant ranked third in Division II and first in the MEC in scoring with 25.5 points per game. He led West Liberty to the Final Four of the NCAA Division II Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Bonifant capped off his final collegiate season with his second consecutive Basketball Times National Player of the Year award. He was also named to the NABC NCAA Division II All-America Team for the second consecutive year, and was the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region Player of the Year. He finished his collegiate career as West Liberty’s all-time leading scorer with 2,289 career points, and all-time leader in three-pointers made with 373.

Bonifant is thankful for the opportunity in Ehingen and is ready to be a key contributor this season.

“I am very excited to play for Ehingen and I am ready to show them what I can do,” said Bonifant. “I look forward to meeting the coaches and my teammates, and getting the season underway.”

Ehingen finished the 2016-2017 Pro A season with a 10-21 record.

“I watched him for a long time and am glad he decided to join our team,” said Domenik Reinboth, Ehingen, Head Coach. “He is a very versatile player with a good shot and is hard to stop on defence. I hope we can bring him to the next level in his career.”

For more information and individual box scores for Seger throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/seger-bonifant.

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Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Signs One-Year Contract In Spain

Toronto, July 22, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson has signed a one-year contract with Actel Forca Lleida in the Spanish Liga Española de Baloncesto Oro (LEB Gold).

Ogungbemi-Jackson, a 5’10” point guard, is coming off of a two-year stint with Galitos-Barreiro of the Portuguese Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB). Ogungbemi-Jackson finished this past season third in the LPB with 18.9 points per game and fifth in assists with 4.8 per game, while adding 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game over 29 appearances. Ogungbemi-Jackson’s performance led to him being recognized by Eurobasket.com as the Portuguese LPB Guard of the Year as well as a member of the All-Portuguese LPB First Team and the Portuguese LPB All-Imports Team.

A Winnipeg, Canada native, Ogungbemi-Jackson graduated 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. After graduating, Ogungbemi-Jackson began his collegiate career at the University of Calgary in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), and the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CanWest).

Ogungbemi-Jackson was an impact player immediately in Calgary, averaging 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in his rookie campaign while helping the Dinos to the CIS Semi Finals and the CanWest Finals. Then, in his second full season in 2011-2012, he averaged 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. In his third season, Ogungbemi-Jackson averaged 20.6 points, which was fifth in the CIS, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. In his final season in Calgary, Ogungbemi-Jackson averaged 19.3 points, which was 12th in the CIS, and 5.2 assists, good for sixth in the CIS.

Upon graduation from the University of Calgary, Ogungbemi-Jackson signed his first professional contract with Galitos. In his first season with the team, Ogungbemi-Jackson averaged 14.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He was named to the All-Portuguese LPB Second Team by Eurobasket.com, as well as Eurobasket.com Portuguese LPB Player of the Week on three separate occasions.

Ogungbemi-Jackson also has experience on the international stage, as he attended the 2009 selection camp for Canada’s Junior National Team, and recently represented Canada at the 2015 FISU Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.

“I am very excited to be joining Forca Lleida this season and I am thankful for the opportunity to play for a great organization and an amazing fan base,” said Ogungbemi-Jackson. “I look forward to having a successful season with my new teammates and coaching staff.”

Forca Lleida finished last season in 10th place in the LEB Gold with an 18-16 record.

“Signing Jarred was our priority this summer, so we are satisfied after reaching an agreement between him and our club,” said Borja Comenge, Forca Lleida, Head Coach. “We wanted to start building our team from his leadership and personality on the court. We think that his skills and the way he plays is exactly what we are looking for to perform well in our league next season.”

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