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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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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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