Owen Klassen Signs New Contract In Euro Cup and Adriatic League
TORONTO, December 8, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Owen Klassen has signed a new contract with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica, participating in Euro Cup and the ABA League (Adriatic League).
Klassen, a 6’10’’ power forward/center, spent the first half of the 2016-2017 season with German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club Phoenix Hagen. There, he was averaging 13.2 points on 64.7 percent shooting from two-point field goal range while pulling down a league-best 7.8 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, Phoenix Hagen pulled out of the BBL for the remainder of the season due to financial problems.
A Kingston, Ontario native, Klassen graduated from Bayridge Secondary School prior to playing his collegiate basketball at Acadia University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Klassen went on to a prolific career at Acadia, where he was named the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also a three-time AUS 1st Team All Star, a two-time CIS 1st Team All-Canadian, and the 2014 AUS Player of the Year. Klassen led Acadia to the 2012 CIS Quarter Finals and the 2013 CIS Semi Finals. In his final collegiate season, Klassen ranked 7th in the country with 20.0 points per game and 2nd with 10.5 rebounds per game.
After graduating from Acadia, Klassen started his professional career with MZT Skopje Aerodrom in the Adriatic League. In just 17.6 minutes per game, Klassen averaged 5.3 points and finished 18th in the league with 5.7 rebounds per game. He also played 8 games in the Macedonian Prva League, averaging 6.6 points on 76.7% shooting from two-point field goal range along with 4.9 rebounds per game. Klassen moved to Phoenix Hagen for the 2015-2016 campaign, where he averaged 9.4 points and ranked 6th in the BBL with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Klassen has also represented Canada on a number of occasions throughout his career. He was a member of the Canadian Senior National Team in 2014, competing in their 11-game European Exhibition Tour. He also suited up for Canada in the 2011 Pan American Games as well as the World University Games in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013, Klassen pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 3 of his team’s 8 games, leading Canada to a 4th place finish.
Buducnost currently sits in 5th place in Group C of the Euro Cup standings, but is 2nd overall in the ABA League with a 10-2 record.
For more information and individual box scores for Owen throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/owen-klassen.