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Owen Klassen Signs New Contract In Euro Cup and Adriatic League

owenTORONTO, 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.

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Doug Herring Jr. Signs New Contract In Uruguay

doug-herring-jrTORONTO, December 2, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Doug Herring Jr. has signed with Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo in the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball (LUB).

Herring Jr., a 6’3’’ point guard, is coming off an all-star season with the Saint John Mill Rats in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). He averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds over 43 appearances, while leading the Mill Rats to the NBLC Semi Finals. Herring Jr. was named to the All-NBLC Second Team.

A Poughkeepsie, New York native, Herring Jr. attended Poughkeepsie High School before playing his collegiate basketball at Utica College. There he was a four-year starter and became one of the top players in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference in junior and senior seasons. In 2008, he received national attention as a finalist for the Bob Cousey Award, which is given to the top point guard across all NCAA divisions. That season he averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. In 2009, Herring Jr. was selected as an All-Empire 8 Athletics Conference First Team member.

Upon graduation, Herring Jr. played three seasons in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League before joining the Mill Rats in Saint John. He was an NBLC All-Star that season as well, averaging 17.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per contest. He then moved to the United Kingdom for a season with the Bristol Academy Flyers in 2014-2015 before returning to Saint John the following year.

Defensor Sporting Club currently sits in 4th place in the LUB with a 7-5 record. Herring has already arrived in Uruguay and is eager to start contributing with his new club.

“I am very thankful and appreciative of Defensor Sporting for the opportunity to join the club,” said Herring. “I’m very excited to suit up and compete with my new teammates.”

For more information and individual box scores for Doug throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/doug-herring-jr.

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Kalisha Keane Signs With The Melbourne Boomers In Australia

Kalisha KeaneTORONTO, November 30, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kalisha Keane has signed with the Melbourne Boomers in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

Keane, a 6’1’’ forward, is coming off an all-star season in Turkey with TED Ankara Kolejliler. There she averaged 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.4 steals per contest. Keane was named to the 2016 Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Team as an Honorable Mention.

An Ajax, Ontario native, Keane graduated from Westdale High School before heading to Michigan State for her collegiate career. She was a major contributor right away for the Spartans, averaging 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman, while earning Big 10 Conference All-Freshmen Team and All-Big Ten Conference Honorable Mention awards in the process. Keane went on to help Michigan State to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a Sweet 16 birth in 2009. She had her best individual season as a senior in 2010-2011, averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Keane was the Big 10 Player of the Year and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention that season.

Keane started her professional career in 2011 with Euroleague and Croation club, Gospic Croatia Osiguranje. She averaged 8.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in Euroleague competition that season. Since then, she played two full seasons in Israel before moving to Turkey.

Keane is ready for the new challenge in Australia and hopes to step in and be an impact player down the stretch for the Boomers.

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to come and work hard for the Melbourne Boomers and to be a part of the WNBL,” said Keane. “I have heard nothing but amazing things about the city of Melbourne, The WNBL and the country of Australia. I look forward to getting the opportunity to learn, see new things, and experience the culture. Basketball is such an amazing sport and can allow you to travel to some awesome places. Australia has always been on my bucket list.”

Melbourne currently sits seventh in the WNBL with a 3-7 record.

“I am really pleased we have been able to find a player of Kalisha Keane’s ability so quickly,” said Melbourne Head Coach Guy Molloy. “Kalisha is an intelligent, versatile and high-impact player who will help shore up our front line quickly. She’s also renowned as a good teammate, and that quality alone is precious when the team is trying to find its form.” 

For more information and individual box scores for Kalisha throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/kalisha-keane.

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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 Eurobasket.com 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 Eurobasket.com 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.

For more information and individual box scores for Akeem throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/akeem-wright.

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