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Chad Posthumus Signs First Professional Contract In Japan

TORONTO, August 1, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chad Posthumus has signed a one-year contract with Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo of the National Basketball League of Japan (NBL).

Posthumus, a 6’11” center, played the past two seasons at Morehead State University. In his senior year, he was the 4th leading rebounder in the NCAA, averaging 10.9 per game in just 25.7 minutes. He led the country in rebounds per 40 minutes at 17.1 as well as rebounding percentage at 25.2%.  Posthumus also averaged 9.6 points per game and was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Third Team, leading his team to the OVC Tournament Semi Finals. After graduating, he was selected as one of the top 64 seniors in the country, participating in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and was invited to pre-draft workouts with the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls. Posthumus was eventually invited to the Chicago Bulls minicamp where he earned a spot on their Las Vegas Summer League roster.

A Winnipeg, Manitoba native, Posthumus played high school basketball at River East Collegiate. He then started his collegiate career at the University of British Columbia where he played one season in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Posthumus then played one year at Howard College in Texas before transferring to Morehead State for his final two seasons of eligibility.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to start my professional career and can’t wait to be a part of the Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo Basketball Club in Japan,” said Posthumus. “My two years at Morehead State and this summer with the Chicago Bulls have really helped prepare me for the next level. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.

Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo finished tied for third place in the NBL Eastern Conference last season with a record of 31-23 but failed to make the playoffs as they lost the tiebreaker to Link Tochigi Brex. Posthumus aims to help them improve on that record this coming season by adding size, toughness, and an interior presence.

“Our desire is a parallel improvement for both Levanga and Chad,” said Piti Hurtado, Head Coach of Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo. “We hope Chad comes in, makes the necessary adjustments to life and culture in Japan and continues to work hard.”

For more information and individual box scores for Chad throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/chad-posthumus.

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Hernst Laroche Signs New One-Year Deal In The Czech Republic

TORONTO, July 31, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Hernst Laroche has signed a one-year contract with Sluneta Usti Nad Labem of the Czech Republic National Basketball League (NBL).

Laroche, a 6’1’’ point guard, played his first season in the Czech Republic in 2013-2014 for the BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec. He was 9th in the league in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game, 5th in assists with 4.3 per game, and 2nd in steals with 2.0 per game. Laroche was named a Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Honorable Mention at season’s end.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Laroche attended high school at Vanier College before landing at New Mexico State University for his collegiate career. He had a prolific career at New Mexico State, where he played in and started all 135 games during his four seasons there. In 2012, Laroche was named to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) 2nd Team as well as the WAC All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.9 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.9 rebounds. He also led the conference with 64 total steals. Laroche graduated from New Mexico State as the program’s all-time leader in steals with 216, and second all-time leader in assists with 552.

Prior to playing in the Czech Republic, Laroche split time in his rookie professional season between BC Odessa of the Ukranian Superleague and BBC Monthey of Switzerland’s League National de Basket (LNA).  In 17 games in Ukraine, he averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He then moved to Switzerland for the remaining 14 games of the season, averaging 10.6 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.5 steals for Monthey.

Laroche is thrilled to be joining what he feels will be one of the NBL’s upper echelon teams this season.

“I’m looking forward to getting back Czech Republic,” said Laroche. “I want to help Usti return to the playoffs and make sure the team is even better than last year.”

Sluneta Usti Nad Labem finished last season in 6th place with a 23-19 record, before falling in the first round of the NBL Playoffs.

For more information and individual box scores for Hernst throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/hernst-laroche.

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Brandon Hassell Signs One-Year Contract In Japan

TORONTO, July 30, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brandon Hassell has signed a one-year contract with the Shimane Susanoo Magic of the Basketball Japan League (BJL).

Hassell, a 6’11” center, spent the 2013-2014 season playing in Sweden for Eco Orebro where he was named to the All-Swedish Basketligan Third Team. He averaged 13.9 points, while shooting 56.0% from two-point field goal range, and was 9th in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game. In 2012, Hassell was drafted 3rd overall in the National Basketball League of Canada draft by the Summerside Storm and played with them for one season before joining Eco Orebro.

Hassell grew up in Farmersville, Ohio and was a two-year letterman at Valley View High School. He then committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions where he played four seasons collegiately. Hassel had a career best year as a junior, notching a 60.3% field goal percentage as well as career highs in points and rebounds. After graduating in 2008, he was invited to an NBA pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers.

Hassell is looking forward to joining the Shimane Susanoo Magic and playing in Asia for the first time.

“After playing in Europe for the first time last season, I’m excited to play my first season in Japan,” said Hassell. “I’d like to thank the Shimane Susanoo Magic organization for giving me this opportunity. I am going to come in, work hard, and do the best I can to make an impact on the court and help this team win.”

Shimane Susanoo Magic finished the 2013-2014 season with a record of 11-41. They hope that having a mobile post player will help them move up the table.

“I am really excited to have Brandon under contract for the 2014-15 season,” said Toshiya Osaki, president of Shimane Susanoo Magic. “I believe he runs well in spite of his size and I look forward to watching him playing for his first time in Japan.”

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

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Darren Duncan Signs One-Year Contract in Finland

TORONTO, July 29, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Darren Duncan has signed a one-year contract with the Salon Vilpas Vikings of the Finnish Korisliiga.

Duncan, a 6’0’’ point guard, is coming off his third season in Canada, where he led the Windsor Express to their first National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) Championship. He averaged 17.8 points and 9.5 assists during the playoffs, earning NBLC All-Playoff Team honors. Throughout the season, Duncan averaged 8.9 assists per game, leading the NBLC for the third straight year. He also averaged 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and was 5th in the league with 1.7 steals per game. The Express finished the regular season with the best record in the NBLC and Duncan was selected to the All-NBLC Third Team.

A Queens, New York native, Duncan graduated from Christ the King Regional High School before playing his collegiate basketball at Merrimack College in NCAA II. He was in the top ten in assists all four years in NCAA II, and was named a Daktronics NCAA II First Team All American in his senior season in 2010. In Duncan’s junior year, he was nominated for the Bob Cousey Award, given to the best point guard in all of NCAA basketball. Other finalists that season included current NBA players Stephen Curry, Ty Lawson, Tony Douglas, Jeff Teague, and Patrick Mills. Duncan was also an NCAA II All-American Honorable Mention in 2008 and 2009.

Duncan started his professional career with the ABC Lions Dornbirn in Austria where he led his team to a 2.Bundesliga Championship, winning Finals MVP in the process. From there, he made brief stops in the Czech Republic and Slovakia before moving to Canada.

Duncan is confident that he can get the best out of his teammates in Finland and compete for a Korisliiga Championship.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to join Salon Vilpas in Finland,” said Duncan. “I believe my leadership and competitive nature will help this team achieve a championship. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Salon Vilpas finished the 2013-14 in ninth place in the Korisliiga, narrowly missing the playoffs.

“We looked at over 100 American point guards this summer, looking for a true floor general and we are convinced that we found one in Darren,” said Antero Jokinen, Salon Vilpas General Manager. “We look forward to Darren’s arrival and hope he has a great season here in Finland.”

For more information and individual box scores for Darren throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/darren-duncan.

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