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Doug Herring Jr. Signs New Contract In Uruguay

doug-herring-jrTORONTO, December 2, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Doug Herring Jr. has signed with Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo in the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball (LUB).

Herring Jr., a 6’3’’ point guard, is coming off an all-star season with the Saint John Mill Rats in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). He averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds over 43 appearances, while leading the Mill Rats to the NBLC Semi Finals. Herring Jr. was named to the All-NBLC Second Team.

A Poughkeepsie, New York native, Herring Jr. attended Poughkeepsie High School before playing his collegiate basketball at Utica College. There he was a four-year starter and became one of the top players in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference in junior and senior seasons. In 2008, he received national attention as a finalist for the Bob Cousey Award, which is given to the top point guard across all NCAA divisions. That season he averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. In 2009, Herring Jr. was selected as an All-Empire 8 Athletics Conference First Team member.

Upon graduation, Herring Jr. played three seasons in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League before joining the Mill Rats in Saint John. He was an NBLC All-Star that season as well, averaging 17.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per contest. He then moved to the United Kingdom for a season with the Bristol Academy Flyers in 2014-2015 before returning to Saint John the following year.

Defensor Sporting Club currently sits in 4th place in the LUB with a 7-5 record. Herring has already arrived in Uruguay and is eager to start contributing with his new club.

“I am very thankful and appreciative of Defensor Sporting for the opportunity to join the club,” said Herring. “I’m very excited to suit up and compete with my new teammates.”

For more information and individual box scores for Doug throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/doug-herring-jr.

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Kalisha Keane Signs With The Melbourne Boomers In Australia

Kalisha KeaneTORONTO, November 30, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kalisha Keane has signed with the Melbourne Boomers in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

Keane, a 6’1’’ forward, is coming off an all-star season in Turkey with TED Ankara Kolejliler. There she averaged 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.4 steals per contest. Keane was named to the 2016 Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Team as an Honorable Mention.

An Ajax, Ontario native, Keane graduated from Westdale High School before heading to Michigan State for her collegiate career. She was a major contributor right away for the Spartans, averaging 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman, while earning Big 10 Conference All-Freshmen Team and All-Big Ten Conference Honorable Mention awards in the process. Keane went on to help Michigan State to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a Sweet 16 birth in 2009. She had her best individual season as a senior in 2010-2011, averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Keane was the Big 10 Player of the Year and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention that season.

Keane started her professional career in 2011 with Euroleague and Croation club, Gospic Croatia Osiguranje. She averaged 8.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in Euroleague competition that season. Since then, she played two full seasons in Israel before moving to Turkey.

Keane is ready for the new challenge in Australia and hopes to step in and be an impact player down the stretch for the Boomers.

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to come and work hard for the Melbourne Boomers and to be a part of the WNBL,” said Keane. “I have heard nothing but amazing things about the city of Melbourne, The WNBL and the country of Australia. I look forward to getting the opportunity to learn, see new things, and experience the culture. Basketball is such an amazing sport and can allow you to travel to some awesome places. Australia has always been on my bucket list.”

Melbourne currently sits seventh in the WNBL with a 3-7 record.

“I am really pleased we have been able to find a player of Kalisha Keane’s ability so quickly,” said Melbourne Head Coach Guy Molloy. “Kalisha is an intelligent, versatile and high-impact player who will help shore up our front line quickly. She’s also renowned as a good teammate, and that quality alone is precious when the team is trying to find its form.” 

For more information and individual box scores for Kalisha throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/kalisha-keane.

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Akeem Wright Signs One-Year Contract In FIBA Europe Cup And Cyprus

TORONTO, October 18, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased toakeem-wright-setting-up-the-offense-courtesy-of-london-lightening-basketball announce that Akeem Wright has signed a one-year contract with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in FIBA Europe Cup and the Cyprian Division A.

Wright split the 2015-2016 season between Pyrinto Tampere in the Finnish Korisliiga and the London Lightning in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). He started the season in Pyrinto, averaging 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists over 14 games. Wright then moved to Canada, where he was instrumental in the Lightning’s NBLC Finals run, averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists over 48 total games. The Lightning eventually lost to the Halifax Hurricanes in the NBLC Finals and Wright was named a Eurobasket.com All-NBLC Honorable Mention.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, Wright started his collegiate basketball career at Neosho County Community College before transferring to Kansas State University for his final two seasons. In his final season at Kansas State, Wright averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Since then, he has played 9 seasons professionally in Europe, North America, the Middle East, South America, and New Zealand.

In 2011-2012, Wright was a National Basketball League of Canada All-Star while playing for the Moncton Miracles and the Oshawa Power. In the summer of 2012, he played for the Otago OceanaGold Nuggets in New Zealand’s National Basketball League, where he was 2nd in the league in scoring with 22.4 points per game. Wright then moved to Israel in 2012, where he averaged 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game for Maccabi Kiryat Gat. In the summer of 2013, Wright re-joined Otago in New Zealand, again finishing amongst the league leaders with 20.9 points.

In the 2013-2014 season, Wright split time between Club Baloncesto Valladolid in the Spanish Liga Endesa and SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk in the Ukrainian Superleague. He averaged 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game in Spain before moving to Ukraine.

Wright moved to Sweden for the 2014-2015 season, averaging 16.9 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Sundsvall Dragons, on his way to being named a Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team All Star.

“I’m excited to be with Apoel, playing in Cyprus and FIBA Europe Cup,” said Wright. “It should be a fun season and I can’t wait to get started.”

Apoel finished the 2015-2016 regular season in third place in the Cyprian Division A and lost in the league finals in the playoffs. This season they will also compete internationally in FIBA Europe Cup. In Stage One, Apoel will compete in Group J with Czech club BK Opava, Lithuanian club BC Siauliai, and a third club who will be named after the qualification round.

For more information and individual box scores for Akeem throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/akeem-wright.

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Tiasha Gray Signs First Professional Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, October 18, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to b9315619714z-1_20141223171447_000_g0e9gg9mk-1-0announce that Tiasha Gray has signed her first professional contract with Mark Basket Marbo Kinna in the Swedish Damligan.

Gray, a 5’8’’ point guard, is coming off of her senior season at Austin Peay State University, where she was an All-Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) First Team All Star for the second consecutive season. On the season, she was the second leading scorer in the OVC, averaging 20.6 points per game. Gray also led the conference in assists and steals with 5.3 and 2.7 per game respectively.

A Clarksville, Tennessee native, Gray attended Clarksville High School before starting her collegiate career at Austin Peay State in 2012. She was named to the All-OVC Newcomer Team after averaging 8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals in her freshman season. By her junior season, she was one of the top players in the conference, leading the OVC and ranking 15th in the NCAA with 21.2 points per game. Gray was also second in the country in steals that season with 3.7 per game en route to earning the OVC Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Gray leaves Austin Peay State as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1911 career points. She is also second in school history in career assists with 518 and first in career steals with 315. A great student throughout her collegiate career, Gray was named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2015 and was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at Austin Peay State three different times.

“I am so blessed to have this opportunity,” said Gray. “It has been my dream to play professionally and I am going to make the most of it.”

Gray joins a Mark Basket club that is 3-2 through its first 5 games of the regular season. The team is excited to add Tiasha’s playmaking ability on offence and leadership on both ends of the court.

“We are really excited to add Tiasha and I am excited to work with her,” said Mark Basket Head Coach Robin Sandberg. “Tiasha is going to bring a lot to the table on both offence and defense. Her calmness with the ball and the way she scores make her really interesting for us.”

For more information and individual box scores for Tiasha throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/tiasha-gray.

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