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Joey Haywood Signs One Year Contract In Iceland

TORONTO, September 29, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Joey Haywood has signed a one-year contract with U.M.F. Grindavik of the Iceland Dominos League.

Haywood, a 6’1’’ guard, is coming off of a season with the Aalborg Vikings in which he comfortably led the Danish Ligaen in scoring at 25.0 points per game. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from two-point field goal range and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc. Haywood led the Danish Ligaen in free throws made and attempted, converting 80.6 percent at the line. He was selected to play in the Danish Ligaen All Star Game where he won most valuable player and at season’s end was the runner up in the leagues most valuable player race. Haywood’s season was highlighted by a 40 point and 6 assist performance against Naestved on December 5th during a streak of 11 games in which he scored over 25 points.

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Haywood played his collegiate basketball at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In his senior season, he was the nation’s leading scorer at 28.8 points per game, a First Team All-Canadian, and the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Player of the Year. He led the AUS in scoring in all three of his seasons at Saint Mary’s and continues to hold the AUS single-season scoring record of 575 points.

Before moving to Europe, Haywood played in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) for two seasons. In 2012-2013 he averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game for the Halifax Rainmen. He was named to the All-NBLC Third Team and Atlantic Division All-Star Team’s starting line-up, while winning the All-NBLC Domestic Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

Haywood, eager to follow up on his outstanding first year in Europe is confident in himself and his new team heading into the season.

“I am blessed to be playing professional basketball overseas for a great club in Grindavik,” said Haywood. “I will work hard to make sure we are back in the finals where we belong.”

Grindavik finished the regular season in third place in 2013-2014 with a 17-5 record and made it all the way to the Dominos League Finals. The team has championship aspirations in the coming year and believes the acquisition of Haywood is a big step towards their goal.

“We are excited to bring Joey to Grindavik,” said Sverrir Sverrisson, Grindavik Head Coach. “He played extremely well last year in Denmark. Everything I’ve seen and heard about Joey leads me to believe that he is going to be the leader that we have been looking to sign on our team.”

For more information and individual box scores for Joey throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/joey-haywood.

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Marques Oliver Signs One-Year Contract In Germany

TORONTO, September 26, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Marques Oliver has signed a one-year contract with ETB Wohnbau in the Germany Pro A League.

Oliver, a 6’7” forward, is heading into his second season in Germany Pro A, after spending the 2013-2014 campaign playing for the Cuxhaven BasCats. There, he averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game. Oliver was one of only two players in the league to average at least 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals, where he ranked 3rd and 9th in the league respectively.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Oliver graduated from Panther Creek High School where he led his team to back-to-back Tri-Eight Conference championships.  As a senior, he was named to the All-Tri-Eight Conference First Team as well as the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District 5 Second Team. Oliver spent his collegiate career playing at Delaware State University in the NCAA’s Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC), where he scored over 1000 points and registered a school record eight blocks in a game on three separate occasions. In his senior season he averaged 9.2 points and was 3rd in the MEAC averaging 1.8 steals, 7th with 1.9 blocks, and 7th with 7.0 rebounds. Oliver was one of three players in the NCAA to average 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game that year.

“I am really excited for the upcoming season and playing for ETB Wohnbau,” said Oliver. “I’m looking forward to a successful season with my team and Coach Igor.

ETB Wohnbau finished last season with a 16-14 record finishing in the middle of the Pro A table. They believe Oliver will be a dynamic player and leader at both ends of the court.

For more information and individual box scores for Marques throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/marques-oliver.

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Owen Klassen Signs First Professional Contract In Prestigious Adriatic League

TORONTO, September 22, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Owen Klassen has signed his first professional contract, a one-year deal with MZT Skopje Aerodrom in the powerhouse Adriatic Basketball League.

Klassen, a 6’10” power forward, is coming off a storied career at Acadia University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). This past year he averaged 20.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 blocks over 17 games, leading the Axemen to an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season title before bowing out to St. Francis Xavier in the conference semi finals. He finished the season as the country’s 7th leading scorer, 2nd leading rebounder, and was named AUS Conference Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-Canadian for the 2nd straight season. Klassen also gained valuable international experience this summer as he was selected to the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team for their 11-game European Exhibition Tour.

A Kingston, Ontario native, Klassen played high school basketball at Bayridge Secondary school before starting his collegiate career at Acadia University, where he was one of the top players in the country for the past four seasons. In addition to his AUS Player of the Year and First Team All-Canadian awards, he was a Second Team All-Canadian in 2012, a 3-time All-AUS First Team member, and a 3-time AUS Defensive Player of the Year. In 2012, Klassen led Acadia to an AUS Championship and a CIS Final 8 appearance where they lost to the eventual champion Carleton Ravens in the quarter finals. The next season, the Axemen made it to the CIS semi finals, where Klassen was named to the CIS Final 8 All-Tournament Team.

Klassen has also represented Canada on a number of occasions throughout his career. He played on the Canadian Development National Team in the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 and 2013 FISU Summer Universiade, before making the Senior Men’s Team this past summer.

Klassen, hungry to show that his game translates to the professional level, is confident and motivated heading into his first professional season.

“It has always been my dream to play professional basketball,” said Klassen. “I am really excited to announce that I have signed with MZT Skopje Aerodrom. I have been evaluating all of my options this summer, and I believe this is a great start to my professional career.”

Klassen joins MZT Skopje Aerodrom, the only Macedonian team in the Adriatic League, who finished tied for 8th place with a 12-14 record last season. The Adriatic League, one of the premier leagues in Europe, consists of teams from eight different countries and includes two Euroleague teams and three Euro Cup teams this season. MZT Skopje Aerodrom also competes in the Macedonian Prva Liga, where they went undefeated in the regular season en route to a championship last year.

For more information and individual box scores for Owen throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/owen-klassen.

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Chucky Jeffery Signs One-Year Deal In Romania

TORONTO, September 10, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chucky Jeffery has signed a one-year contract with ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe of the Romanian Liga Nationala.

Jeffery, a 5’10” guard, will enter her first season overseas after suiting up in 15 games for the New York Liberty in the 2013 and 2014 WNBA seasons. Jeffery was drafted 24th overall in the 2013 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx after finishing her collegiate career at the University of Colorado.

Born in Colorado Springs, Jeffery played her high school basketball at Sierra High School. In her senior year there, she was named to the Colorado All-State Team while winning her second Colorado Springs Gazette Big Schools Player of the Year Award. Jeffery would go on to have four productive seasons at the University of Colorado where she finished as the only player in the program’s history to record 1,600 points, 900 rebounds, and 400 assists.  In her final collegiate season, she led her team in points with 13.6 per game, rebounds with 8.3 per game, assists with 4.0 per game, and steals with 2.2 per game, while helping the Buffaloes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.  She was also named All Pac-12 for the second consecutive year, and an Associated Press All-American honourable mention.

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe is coming off of a successful year in Romania’s Liga Nationala where they were a finalist in the Romanian Cup, semi-finalist in league play, while also participating in Euro Cup competition.

Jeffery’s first Romanian Cup game will be on September 20, 2014 against CSM Targoviste and her first league game will be September 27, 2014 against BC Timisoara.

For more information and individual box scores for Chucky throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/janessa-chucky-jeffery.

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