Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Signs One-Year Contract To Play In Eurocup
TORONTO, May 14th, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe has signed a one-year contract with TSV 1880 Wasserburg for the 2015-16 season. The club will compete in Eurocup and the German Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).
Raincock-Ekunwe, a 6’2’’ power forward/center, spent the 2014-15 season playing in the DBBL for the TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries. In 25 games, she was 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, while finishing first in rebounds, with 12.6 per game. She also added 2.2 assists, 2.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks per contest. At season’s end, Eurobasket.com named Raincock-Ekunwe All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-German DBBL First Team.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Raincock-Ekunwe played collegiately for Simon Fraser University, where she was named an NCAA Division II All-American in her senior season by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. That year, she finished fourth in the NCAA Division II in rebounding with 12.4 per game, third in double-doubles with 22 and first in field goal percentage at 65.3 percent. She also averaged 16.8 points, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.3 blocks and led her team to a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA II Tournament.
Raincock-Ekunwe started her professional career in 2013 with Esperance Sportive Pully in the Switzerland LNA, where she won Eurobasket.com Center of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. She was among the league leaders in all major statistical categories that season with averages of 20.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 2.9 steals per game.
Raincock-Ekunwe also has extensive experience representing her country. She played on the Canadian Development Women’s National Team for two years before joining the Senior National Team for the 2013 Four Nations Women’s Basketball Tournament and European Exhibition Tour. She was recently invited to join the Phase One Tryout Roster for the Senior National Team that will compete in the Pan American Games and FIBA Americas this summer.
Raincock-Ekunwe is excited to take on some of Europe’s best teams next season in Euro Cup.
“I am very pleased at the prospect of playing for Germany’s top women’s basketball team in the Eurocup League,” said Raincock-Ekunwe. “A new coach, a new team and a new opportunity to take my game up another level.”
TSV 1880 Wasserburg are coming off a championship season in the DBBL that saw them go 22-0 in the regular season and 7-0 in the playoffs to capture their third consecutive DBBL title.
In Eurocup play, the club finished 3-3 in Group ‘G’ against teams from France, Hungary, and Belgium.
“Nayo used her athleticism to be an exceptional scorer and rebounder this season in the DBBL,” said Gaby Brei, Wasserburg General Manager. “We know that Eurocup is a big step up, but we trust that she will learn a lot, and help us reach our goal of making the next round in the 2015-16 Eurocup.”
For more information and individual box scores for Raincock-Ekunwe throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/nayo-raincock-ekunwe-2.