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Jordan Clarke Signs New Contract In Norway

TORONTO, September 15, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jordan Clarke has signed a one-year contract with Gimle BBK Bergen in the Norwegian BLNO.

Clarke, a 6’2’’ guard, played the last two seasons for the Glasgow Rocks in the United Kingdom (BBL). Unfortunately, his 2016-2017 campaign was cut short because of injury after just four games. During his 2015-2016 season in Glasgow, Clarke averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. He shot efficiently from both two-point and three-point field goal range, making 48.1% and 37.9% respectively.

Clarke, an Oakville, Ontario native, holds both Canadian and British passports. He made the jump to the BBL after spending four collegiate seasons with St. Francis Xavier University of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) division in U Sports, formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Clarke helped lead the X-Men to a third place finish at the 2012 CIS Final 8 Championships with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the Bronze Medal Game. In his final season with the X-Men, he averaged 11.9 points and 2.9 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.

“I can’t wait to be playing basketball this upcoming season,” said Clarke. “The road to recovery is finally over and I am excited to be playing with Gimle Basketball Club.”

Gimle BBK finished last season in third place with a 17-10 record, before making it all the way to the finals of the BLNO playoffs.

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Lorenzo Cugini Signs New Contract In Norway

TORONTO, September 11, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Lorenzo Cugini has signed a one-year contract with Gimle BBK Bergen in the Norwegian BLNO.

Cugini, a 6’7’’ forward, is coming off of his first professional season with Omnia Basket Pavia in Italy’s Serie C Gold. He averaged an efficient 19.9 points per game, shooting 55.5% from two-point range, 43.4% from three, and 92.3% from the free throw line. Cugini also added averaged 7.8 rebounds per contest.
A Stow, Ohio native, Cugini attended powerhouse preparatory program, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where he helped the team to two Ohio State Championships. He then started his collegiate career at High Point University, and by his junior year was one of the team’s main scoring options. That season, he averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 59.8% from two-point range, 45.1% from three, and 88.1% from the free throw line. In his senior season, Cugini led the Big South Conference in three-point percentage at 43.3%, and free throw percentage at 85.7%. He finished the year averaging a career-best 10.8 points, along with 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Cugini helped lead High Point to their second consecutive Big South regular season title and a semi final berth in the Big South Tournament.

He finished his career as the program’s fourth all-time leader in three-pointers made with 173, and fifth most efficient three-point shooter with a career mark of 41.2%.

“I am very thankful and blessed for the opportunity Gimle BBK has given me,” said Cugini. “I look forward to the upcoming season.”

Gimle BBK finished last season in third place with a 17-10 record, before making it all the way to the finals of the BLNO playoffs.

“We at Gimle Basket are absolutely thrilled to have Lorenzo on our team for this season,” said Frederik Gnatt, Gimle General Manager. “Lorenzo was the number one priority for our head coach. Last season we lost the final, with Lorenzo on board we hope to do one better this season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Lorenzo throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/lorenzo-cugini.

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Rashida Timbilla Signs New Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, September 5, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Rashida Timbilla has signed a new contract with Visby Ladies in the Swedish Damligan.

Timbilla, a 6’1” forward is coming off of her rookie professional season with Quinta Dos Lombos in the Portuguese Liga Feminina. She averaged 11.0 points per game on 50.0% shooting from two-point range, while ranking sixth in the league in rebounding with 8.9 per game. Timbilla also averaged 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and led Quinta Dos Lombos to the Portuguese Federation Cup.

An Ottawa, Ontario native, Timbilla attended John McCrae Secondary School before heading to the University of Massachusetts. In her freshman year there, she ranked first on her team with 8.3 rebounds and second with 8.6 points per game. In her junior year, Timbilla ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in rebounding with 9.4 per game, second in steals with 2.2 per game, and seventh in assists with 4.0 per game. In her senior season, she averaged 8.0 points per game and once again ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding, with 9.6 per game. Timbilla capped off her collegiate career second in total rebounds in University of Massachusetts history (1020), sixth in assists (331), third in steals (198), and eighth in blocks (87).

Timbilla was also invited to the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team training camp in Edmonton this past summer. She is excited and confident heading into her second professional season.

“I am super excited and thankful to be joining Visby this season,” said Timbilla. “I have heard great things about Sweden and I am looking forward to helping our team compete for a championship.”

Visby finished in eighth place last season with a 10-17 record before losing in the quarter finals of the Damligan playoffs.

For more information and individual box scores for Rashida throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/Rashida-Timbilla.

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Sami Hill Signs First Professional Contract In Germany

TORONTO, August 30, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Sami Hill has signed her first professional contract with TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries in the German Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).

Hill, a 5’10” guard, starred for Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, before joining the Virginia Tech Hokies for her NCAA career. This past season, she averaged a career-best 10.5 points along with 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Hill helped Virginia Tech to an Elite Eight run in the National Invitational Tournament, which included a 19-point performance in the opening round against Ryder. She was also an outstanding student who was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team.

Hill has also represented Canada on a number of occasions. This summer she cracked the roster for the Senior National Team, and helped Canada to a gold medal at the FIBA AmeriCup in Argentina. Prior to that, Hill competed for Canada as a member of the 2012 U18 National Team, the 2013 U19 National Team, and the 2015 University National Team.

Hill is ready to build on her experience with the Canadian National Team this summer and is thrilled to get an opportunity at the professional level.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for Donau-Ries this coming season,” said Hill. “I have heard great things about the club and I will bring my athleticism and passion for the game, and do anything I can to help the team be successful.”

Donau-Ries finished the 2016-2017 season with an 8-14 record, narrowly missing the DBBL playoffs. With a revamped line-up, they have high expectations for the coming year.

“When we were looking for a player who could possibly replace Kari Korver from UCLA due to her injury we almost could not believe that a player like Sami was still available at such a late stage of recruiting for the season,” said Donau-Reis General Manager, Kurt Wittman. “But she was, and it did not take us longer than 24 hours to come to an agreement with her and her agent, Matt Slan. We are looking forward to having a complete basketball player in our new Angels team, a player who is known for her athleticism and endurance, her defensive skills and her complete set of offensive weapons. We are sure that Sami will develop in our Angels team from one level to the next as so many Canadian players in Nördlingen have done before her.”

For more information and individual box scores for Sami throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/Sami-Hill.

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