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Brandon Hassell Signs Contract In Latvia

TORONTO, December 4, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brandon Hassell has signed on for the rest of the 2014-15 season with BK Saldus of the Latvian Basketball League.

Hassell, a 6’11” center, spent the 2013-14 season playing in Sweden for Eco Orebro where he was named to the All-Swedish Basketligan Third Team. He averaged 13.9 points, while shooting 56.0% from two-point field goal range, and was 9th in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game. Hassell originally signed this summer with Shimane SM in Japan’s BJ League but will now be returning for his second season in Europe after leaving the team in late September.

Growing up in Farmersville, Ohio, Hassell went on to become a two-year letterman at Valley View High School. He then committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions where he played four seasons collegiately. Hassel had a career-best year as a junior, notching a 60.3% field goal percentage as well as career highs in points and rebounds. After graduating in 2008, he was invited to an NBA pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers. In 2012, Hassell was drafted 3rd overall in the National Basketball League of Canada draft by the Summerside Storm and played with them for one season before heading to Sweden.

Hassell, who made major strides in his first season overseas, feels confident and poised for another breakout year.

“I’m ready to move forward and get back to playing,” said Hassell. “I feel blessed and ready to make the best of another great opportunity.”

Hassell played his first game with BK Saldus yesterday, registering 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. He joins a team in need of some help in the frontcourt. BK Saldus is currently 1-9 and ranks last in the league in rebounding, so he will be counted on to contribute in the paint right away.

For more information and individual box scores for Brandon throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-hassell.

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Robbie Sihota Signs One-Year Contract In Switzerland

TORONTO, October 28, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Robbie Sihota has signed a one-year deal with Fribourg Olympic of the Swiss LNA league.

Sihota, a 6’7’’ power forward, is coming off his third season in Holland’s Eredivisie and second consecutive season with the Matrixx Magixx Wijchen. Last year, Sihota averaged 12.3 points while ranking third in the league in rebounds, with 8.0 per game.  He also made 43 three-pointers, shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, and was named a Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.

A Calgary, Alberta native, Sihota played his collegiate basketball at the University of Calgary. In his senior campaign, he was named to the All-Canada West Second Team, averaging 18.7 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Dinos while shooting 46.6 percent from beyond the arc.

In 2010-11, Sihota played his rookie professional season in the Eredivisie suiting up for the Rotterdam Challengers, where he averaged a league-leading 10.6 rebounds to accompany his 12.2 points per game.  The following year, he returned to Alberta to play for the Edmonton Energy in the International Basketball League before heading back to Holland for two more seasons.

Sihota, who joined his new Fribourg club yesterday, is motivated for the next challenge.

“I’m excited to be joining a great Fribourg organization with so much history in Switzerland,” said Sihota. “I look forward to working as hard as I can to help this team win the championship.”

Fribourg, a perennial contender in the LNA, is currently 3-1 to start the 2014-15 season. They were the runner up in the LNA playoffs last season and hope the addition of Sihota can help push them over the top.

For more information and individual box scores for Robbie throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/robbie-sihota.

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Jordan Baker Signs First Professional Contract in Germany

TORONTO, October 21, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jordan Baker has signed his first professional contract, a one-year deal with German club Weissenhorn Youngstars. Weissenhorn, who competes in the German Pro B league, is the affiliate of German BBL and Euro Challenge club, Ratiopharm Ulm.

Baker, A 6’7’’ forward, is coming off his senior season at the University of Alberta in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), where he was a First Team All-Canadian for the second time in his career, as well as Canada West Conference Player of the Year. Baker averaged 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game, ranking 15th, 7th, and 7th in the country, respectively. He led Alberta to the Bronze Medal at the CIS Final 8 Tournament, where he was selected to the All-Tournament Team. At the conclusion of the season, Baker was picked to play for the Canadian Senior National Team during their 2014 European Exhibition Tour.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Baker graduated from Harry Ainlay High School before heading to the University of Alberta where he kicked off his collegiate career by winning the 2010 Canada West Conference Rookie of the Year award. He played five seasons there, graduating as the Conference’s all-time leading scorer, earning three Canada West First Team selections, and winning two conference championships. In addition to last seasons CIS Bronze Medal, Baker led Alberta to a Silver Medal in 2012.

Before earning a spot on the Canadian Senior National Team this summer, Baker had previously suited up for his country, playing on Canada’s Development National Team that competed at the 2011 Pan American Games as well as the 2011 World University Games.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my basketball career and I’m very excited to make my professional debut,” said Baker. “It is an opportunity for me to not only learn and grow as a player, but also to showcase my talents in a new market.”

Weissenhorn went 8-14 and missed the playoffs last season. Baker joins the team four games into the 2014-2015 season, and is expected to fill a number of voids for them.

“We are very excited to have Jordan join our team,” said Danny Jannson, Weissenhorn Head Coach. “We looked for a versatile player who can contribute at multiple positions, and thus were pleased to discover him as a player. We also highly appreciate him having experience with the Canadian National Team program. Hopefully we are able to help his development with international basketball as well.”

For more information and individual box scores for Jordan throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/jordan-baker.

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Julie Seabrook To Earn Masters Degree While Playing Professionally in Switzerland This Season

TORONTO, October 8, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Julie Seabrook has signed a one-year contract with Metanord Bellinzona of the Switzerland Ligue Nationale de Basket.

Seabrook, a 6’3’’ power forward, played for Belarusian club SBK Olimpia Grodno last season. She competed in Euro Cup against some of the premier clubs in Europe, where she averaged 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and shot 45.5 percent from three-point range in six games. Playing a busy schedule, she also averaged 11.9 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Baltic Basketball League, as well as 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in the Belarus Premier League. At season’s end, she was the league’s 8th leading rebounder and named to the Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 2nd Team.

It will be another busy season for Seabrook. In addition to her pro basketball schedule, she will also be earning a Masters of Banking and Finance Degree at the Universita Della Svizzera Italiana. An outstanding student throughout her undergraduate degree, Seabrook was named to the All-Big 12 Academic Team twice during her time at the University of Colorado.

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Seabrook attended Carson Graham Secondary School where she won Provincial MVP in 2006 and Lower Mainland MVP in 2007. She then played her senior season at the National Elite Development Academy in Hamilton, Ontario before heading to the University of Colorado to start her collegiate career.  She was a starter in her junior and senior seasons there, helping lead the team to the Regional Finals in the National Invitation Tournament both years.  In her senior season, Seabrook averaged a career best 7.3 points and added 5.2 rebounds per game.

This will be Seabrook’s second stint with Metanord Bellinzona. She started her professional career there in 2012-2013 when she was the league’s 9th leading scorer, 5th leading rebounder, and 4th leading shot blocker with averages of 16.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game, respectively. Seabrook was named a Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention and a member of the Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Imports Team that season.

Seabrook has also represented Canada on a number of occasions throughout her career.  In 2011, she played for Canada at the World University Games in China, averaging 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds on the tournament.  She is also a former member of both the Under-18 and Under-19 National Teams.

“I am so blessed to have the opportunity to return to Switzerland, to not only continue playing the sport I love, but to further my education,” said Seabrook. “I look forward to the challenge of learning and playing in this league.”

Metanord Bellinzona finished the regular season at 10-8 last year but bowed out in the league semi-finals to eventual champion Helios VS Basket. They hope the addition of Seabrook will help push them over the hump in the playoffs.

For more information and individual box scores for Julie throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/julie-seabrook.

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