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Jyles Smith Signs One-Year Contract in Denmark

TORONTO, August 27, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleaJyles-Smith-Vildmedfoto.dk_sed to announce that Jyles Smith has signed a one-year contract with Horsens IC in the Danish Ligaen.

Smith, a 6’9’’ center, is coming off of his rookie professional season with the Copenhagen Wolfpack. Smith was named Eurobasket.com’s Denmark Ligaen Player of the Week four times, helping lead the Wolfpack to a 4th place regular season finish and a Quarter Finals appearance in their inaugural season in the Ligaen. He led the Ligaen in blocks with 1.9 per game and was 5th in rebounds at 8.9 per contest. Smith also averaged 12.5 points, 1.4 assists, and 1.7 steals in 28.9 minutes per game. He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team.

Originally from Fairburn, Georgia, Smith played collegiately at Savannah State University. In his senior year, he led the NCAA’s Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rebounds and blocks, averaging 8.2 and 3.1 per game respectively. He also added 8.4 points and 0.9 steals per game. In a game against Coppin State in January of 2014, Smith set a Savannah State record by grabbing 20 rebounds. He was later named to the 2013-2014 All-MEAC Third Team.

“I would like to thank everybody who is part of Horsens IC for bringing me in and giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization,” said Smith. “I look forward to representing Horsens the best I can on and off the court. I will bring my size and athleticism to the team, as well as my basketball knowledge to hopefully make the team even better than it was last season.”

Last year, Horsens IC cruised to a 23-4 regular season record before going on to win the 2015 Denmark Ligaen Championship. They will count on Smith to be a big part of their bid for a repeat this coming season.

“We are very excited to add Jyles Smith to our front court,” said Arnel Dedic, Horsens IC Head Coach. “He is a proven player in this league who will fit perfectly into our system.”

For more information and individual box scores for Jyles throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jyles-smith.

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Dejan Kravic Signs One-Year Contract with Den Bosch in FIBA Europe Cup

dejankravic1TORONTO, August 25, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Dejan Kravic has signed a one-year contract with Dutch club SPM Shoeters Den Bosch. The team will compete in the inaugural season of the 56-team FIBA Europe Cup league.

Kravic is coming off of his rookie professional season playing for A.G.O. Rethymno Aegean (AGOR) in the Greece A1 League. The 6’11’’ center/power forward helped AGOR to a 6th place finish in the regular season and the quarter finals of the playoffs. Kravic averaged 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 16.2 minutes per game on the season.

Kravic was born in Mostar, Bosnia, and also holds a Serbian passport. At the age of 4, his family moved to London, Ontario, where he later attended Westminster Secondary School before starting his collegiate career at York University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Kravic averaged 15.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in his 2nd year at York, ranking 1st in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference in blocks and 2nd in rebounding. Nationally, he was ranked 2nd in blocks and 5th in rebounding. That season, Kravic was named to the OUA Conference East Division 2nd Team and was recruited by Texas Tech University, where he transferred to for the remainder of his collegiate career.

In his first season in the NCAA, Kravic posted 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and was 8th in the Big 12 Conference with 1.3 blocks per game. In his final collegiate season in 2013-2014, he again averaged 1.3 blocks, ranking 6th in the conference, to go along with 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Kravic’s senior season was highlighted by an 18-point, 12-rebound performance against NCAA tournament team Oklahoma State in his final game of the season.

An excellent student during his time at Texas Tech University, Kravic was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team twice, as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court in 2013.

In the summer of 2014, Kravic was named to the Serbian National Team’s 29-man Preliminary Roster for the Federation Internationale De Basketball World Cup. That same year, he attended the Serbian National Team Training Camp.

“I am excited to play for Den Bosch this season,” said Kravic. “I want to thank the team for believing in me and seeing the qualities in me as both a person and a basketball player. I am looking forward to showcasing my talents and I will do whatever is takes to put the team in the best situation to win.”

Kravic joins SPM Shoeters Den Bosch, who were Eredivisie Champions in Holland last year, and also competed in Euro Challenge, making it to the second round.

“We are very happy to have a player like Dejan in Den Bosch,” said Sam Jones, Den Bosch Head Coach. “He’s a dynamic big man who has excellent athleticism and a high basketball IQ. With one year of experience in Europe in such a big league as Greece, this will help him coming to Holland. He’s a rim protector on defense and can score both on the inside and facing the basket on the offensive end. With Dejan’s skill set and our experienced veteran core of dutch players, I’m excited about the possibilities this season.”

For more information and individual box scores throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/dejan-kravic.

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Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Signs First Professional Contract in Portugal

TORONTO, August 21, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson has signed his first professional contract with Galitos Tley in the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB).

A 5’10’’ point guard, Ogungbemi-Jackson graduated from the Univjarred O-Jersity of Calgary this spring. In his final season, he led the Dinos in scoring (19.3 PPG), rebounding (7.3 RPG), assists (5.2 APG) and steals (1.4 SPG). He finished the year ranked 12th in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in scoring and 6th in assists. Ogungbemi-Jackson was also selected to the CIS All-Canadian Second Team and the All-Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CanWest) First Team.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ogungbemi-Jackson graduated high school from Garden City Collegiate, where he averaged 28.0 points, 10.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game in his senior year. In his final two seasons there, he was named Most Outstanding High School Player in Manitoba as he led his team to back-to-back provincial titles, and was named MVP of the 2009 Manitoba Championship Game after scoring 34 points in a 107-75 win.

Ogungbemi-Jackson was an impact player right away at Calgary, averaging 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in his rookie campaign while helping the Dinos all the way to the CIS Semi Finals. Then, in his second full season in 2011-2012, he took his game to a new level, averaging 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. In his third and fourth years, he cracked the 20-point barrier, ranking 7th in the country at 20.7 points per game in 2012-2013 and 5th at 20.6 points per game in 2013-2014. He finished his career with two All-CanWest 1st Team selections and one All-CanWest 2nd Team selection, to go along with his 2015 All-CIS 2nd Team award. Ogungbemi-Jackson leaves the University of Calgary as the program’s all-time leader with 217 career steals, and their 3rd all-time leading scorer with 1,799 career points.

Ogungbemi-Jackson also has experience on the international stage, as he attended the 2009 selection camp for Canada’s Junior National Team, and recently represented Canada at the 2015 FISU Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.

“I want to thank the Galitos organization for believing in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to start my professional basketball career,” said Ogungbemi-Jackson. “Becoming a pro has been a goal of mine since I was a teen and I am very excited to start my journey in Portugal with the club. I plan to bring a relentless work ethic and ultra competitive edge to the team.”

Galitos Tley finished the 2014-2015 season in 10th place in the LPB standings with a 6-16 record. They see Ogungbemi-Jackson as a key piece to help them crack the playoffs in 2016.

“I am really happy that we signed Jarred,” said Andre Martin, Galitos Tley Head Coach. “We truly believe that along with his passion for the game, he has the talent and capacity to help the team win.”

For more information and individual box scores for Jarred throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/jarred-ogungbemi-jackson.

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Simon Farine Re-Signs in Israel

1441412_764153400277930_179078304_n-300x199TORONTO, August 19, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Simon Farine has re-signed with Ironi Kiryat Ata of the Israeli National League for the 2015-2016 season.

A 6’2’’ guard, Farine started the 2014-2015 season with Ironi Nahariya in Israel’s premier basketball division, the Israel Winner League. However, after eight games he returned to Ironi Kiryat Ata in the National League, where he had built up a considerable reputation the prior two years. This past season, Farine helped lead Ironi Kiryat Ata to a 1st place regular season finish and to the National League Finals. Farine shot 37.6% for three-point range and averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 26.5 minutes per game.

A Toronto, Ontario native, Farine graduated from Northern Secondary School in 2005 and started his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He played one season there before transferring to Dalhousie University where he led the Tigers to two Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championships, while being named AUS Playoff Tournament MVP in both years. In his senior season, he was named to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport All-Canadian Second Team.

Farine then started his professional career with Maccabi Haifa in the Israel Winner League, where he played one season before moving to the National League with Hapoel Kiryat Tivon in 2012-2013. He then played his first season for Ironi Kiryat Ata in 2013-2014. That year, he was 19th in the league in scoring with 16.5 points per game and 12th in assists with 4.1 per game. Farine also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest. He was an Israeli National League All-Star in addition to being named to the Eurobasket.com Israeli National League All-Domestic Team.

Now a three-year veteran of the National League, Farine believes that Kiryat Ata has what it takes to win it all this season.

“I am very excited to be going back to Kiryat Ata for another season,” said Farine. “They have assembled a very talented team and I am looking to help lead them to a championship.”

For more information and individual box scores for Simon throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/simon-farine.

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