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Chucky Jeffery Signs WNBA Deal With the New York Liberty

TORONTO, April 14, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Janeesa ‘Chucky’ Jeffery has signed a contract with the New York Liberty. Jeffery will compete for a full-time roster spot in training camp, which opens on April 27th.

A 5’10’’ guard, Jeffery was drafted 24th overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2013 WNBA draft after an All-American season at the University of Colorado. In August of the 2013 season, she signed a 7-day contract with the New York Liberty, where she played limited minutes in 2 regular season games.

In 2012-2013 during her senior season at the University of Colorado, she led her team in points (13.6 PPG), rebounds (8.2 RPG), assists (4.0), and steals (2.2 SPG) while taking the Buffaloes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Jeffery was named to the All-Pac 12 First Team for the second consecutive year as well as the AP Division I All-American Team as an Honorable Mention.  She finished her career at Colorado as the program’s only player to record 1600 points, 900 rebounds, and 400 assists.

A Colorado Springs native, Jeffery played high school basketball at Sierra High School. In her senior season there, she was named to the Colorado All-State Team and won her second consecutive Colorado Springs Gazette Big Schools Player of the Year awards.

For more information and individual box scores for Chucky throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/janessa-chucky-jeffery.

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Slan Sports Player Highlights: March 24th – March 30th

Simon Farine – Ironi Kiryat Ata (Israel)

Simon continued his impressive play of late with a game-high 26 points on March 25th against Ironi Nahariya leading Kiryat Ata to their third straight win. He shot an efficient 9-for-17 from the field including 4-for-6 from three and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also came down with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a team-high 2 steals.

Simon picked up some accolades this week, first being named the sixth best player of Round 24: http://www.eurobasket.com/Israel/basketball.asp?NewsID=356829

He was then named the National League Player of the Month for March: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibba.one.co.il%2FGeneral%2FArticle.aspx%3Fid%3D5777%26siteId%3D6%26isEgood%3D1&act=url.

and finally the third best non-national team Canadian playing abroad on March 25th: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Samuel_Dalemberts_double-double_lands_him_Player_of_the_Week_award_among_Canadians_playing_currently_abroad/356643.

As the regular season winds down, Simon is now averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.

Simon’s next game is on April 1st against Hod Hasharon.

For more on Simon, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/simon-farine

Hernst Laroche – J. Hradec (Czech Republic)

J. Hradec went undefeated this week behind two more great performances from Hernst. On March 26th against Svitavy, Hernst finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, and game-highs of 6 assists and 2 steals in an 82-74 win.

Hernst followed up with an ever better show on March 30th. He dropped a team-high 22 points to go with 8 rebounds, a game-high 8 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block as J. Hradec beat MMCITE Brno 93-78.

For his game against Svitavy, Hernst was named the Czech NBL’s Player of the Week for Round 41: http://www.eurobasket.com/Czech-Republic/basketball.asp?NewsID=356917.

On March 25th, Hernst was named the seventh best non-national team member Canadian playing abroad: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Samuel_Dalemberts_double-double_lands_him_Player_of_the_Week_award_among_Canadians_playing_currently_abroad/356643.

Also be sure to check out highlights from the win against MMCITE Brno: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152140517693710&set=vb.253233283709&type=2&theater.

Hernst has quickly become one of the top point guards in the Mattoni NBL. He is tenth in scoring with 15.0 points per game, seventh in assists with 4.0 per game, and tied for sixth in steals with 1.8 per game. He also averages 5.3 rebounds per game and shoots 46.3% on two-pointers.

Hernst’s next game is on April 2nd against Usti n/Labem.

For more on Hernst, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/hernst-laroche

Yannick Anzuluni – Pyrinto Tampere (Baltic League, Finland)

Pyrinto was defeated in their Baltic League semifinal series by opponent Siauliai this week. On March 24th, Yannick grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds to go along with 3 points, 1 assist, and 1 steal but Siauliai took the game 82-81.

Yannick followed up with 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block on the 26th as Pyrinto lost the series finale 85-75.

In 1st Division play, Yannick continued his dominance in a close 83-80 loss to FoKoPo on March 30th. He dropped a game-high 19 points, had a season-high 11 assists, and topped it off with 8 rebounds.

Through Round 24, Yannick is first in the 1st Division in scoring with 25.9 points per game, third in rebounding with 13.0 rebounds per game, third in assists with 3.4 per game, and first in steals with 2.5 per game.

Yannick’s next game will be April 4th in a 1st Division Semi Final Matchup with Helsinki.

For more on Yannick, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/yannick-anzuluni

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe – Pully (Switzerland)

In Pully’s final game of the season, Nayo scored a game-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough as Pully lost to Martigny 64-56 on March 29th. We will update you with her complete stats once a box score is available.

Nayo’s finsished a great rookie season averaging 20.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks!

For more on Nayo, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/nayo-raincock-ekunwe

Brandon Robinson – Chemnitz (Germany)

Chemnitz finished their season with a .500 record with a win over Magdeburg on March 30th. Brandon led the way with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the 77-61 victory. He also 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Brandon ends his first season in Germany as one of Pro A’s top players. He was fifth in scoring with 18.0 points per game and tied for first in steals with 2.1 per game. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, shooting 51.1% on two-pointers.

For more on Brandon, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-robinson

Tut Ruach – NH Ostrava (Czech Republic)

On March 26th, Tut had a nice showing with a team-high 16 points to go along with 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Ostrava fought hard but came up short against powerhouse Euro Cup club, CEZ Nymburk.

Round 42 saw NH Ostrava meet BK Pardubice on March 29th. Tut struggled from the field but otherwise had a nice game, finishing with a game-high 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in an 81-68 loss.

Tut is now averaging 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.4 steals per contest.

Tut’s next game is on April 2nd against BK Kolin.

For more on Tut, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/tut-ruach

Julie Seabrook – SBK Olimpia Grodno (Belarus, Euro Cup, Baltic League)

Olimpia got off to a great start in their Premier League quarterfinal series against Victoria, winning 100-43 on March 24th. Julie was only needed for 20 minutes, and in that time added 14 points, a game-high 8 rebounds, 1 assists, and 2 steals.

On March 26th, Olimpia faced H-Sirenos in Baltic League action. Julie shot 4-for-5 from the field for 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists, but Olimpia fell 68-65. It was her third double-double in five Baltic League games.

Julie has proven to be one of the better forwards in the Premier League. She is fifth in rebounds with 8.3 per game, and also averages 10.3 points and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 50.4% on two-pointers.

Julie’s next game is on April 2nd in the Premier League quarterfinals against Victoria.

For more on Julie, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/julie-seabrook

Chris Johnson – Glasgow Rocks (United Kingdom)

Glasgow faced Worcester in the BBL Trophy Final on March 30th. Chris put up 14 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block as the Rocks fell to the Wolves 83-76.

For his 19 points and 10 assists against Newcastle, Chris was named as honourable mention for the BBL Team of the Week for Round 26: http://www.eurobasket.com/United-Kingdom/basketball.asp?NewsID=356645.

Chris was also named the fourth best non-national team Canadian playing abroad on March 25th: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Samuel_Dalemberts_double-double_lands_him_Player_of_the_Week_award_among_Canadians_playing_currently_abroad/356643.

In seven games, Chris has averaged 11.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 25.7 minutes per game.

Chris’ next game is on April 5th against the Leicester Riders.

For more on Chris, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/chris-johnson

Robbie Sihota – Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Holland)

Robbie had his eighth double-double of the season in a close loss to Zwolle on March 29th. His team-high 11 rebounds were complimented by 11 points as Matrixx Magixx fell 75-71.

For his 23 and 10 against Rotterdam, Robbie was named the best non-national team Canadian playing abroad on March 25th: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Samuel_Dalemberts_double-double_lands_him_Player_of_the_Week_award_among_Canadians_playing_currently_abroad/356643.

Robbie currently has the second highest rebounding average in the Eredivisie with 8.0 per game. He is also averaging 12.4 points per night, shooting 49.3% on two-pointers.

Robbie’s next game is on April 9th against Leeuwarden.

For more on Robbie, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/robbie-sihota

Marques Oliver – Cuxhaven (Germany)

Cuxhaven split their final two games of the season this week in Germany. On March 28th, Marques was all over the box score with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a game-high 2 blocks as Cuxhaven got the win 83-77 over Karlsruhe.

Cuxhaven then fell to first place Goettingen in a hard fought 88-78 battle on March 30th. Marques shot 5-for-8 from the field for 15 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block.

Be sure to check out Marques’ season highlight reel: https://vimeo.com/90539056.

Marques ends his rookie season as one of the top defensive players in Pro A. He was tied for third in blocks with 1.5 per game and tenth in steals, also with 1.5 per game. He also averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

For more on Marques, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/marques-oliver

Mike Allison – Durham Wildcats (United Kingdom)

Durham lost a tight game to Newcastle on March 30th in a 99-95 final. Mike had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and a steal despite facing foul trouble. It was his fifth double-double of the BBL season.

Mike is the BBL’s leading shot blocker by far, swatting 2.4 shots per game. He is also tenth in rebounds with 7.9  per game, and scores 11.3 points per game as well.

Mike’s next game is on April 4th against the Worcester Wolves.

For more on Mike, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/mike-allison

Joey Haywood – Aalborg Vikings (Denmark)

Aalborg put up a good fight but were ultimately defeated in their quarterfinal match-up with first place Bakken this week in the Ligaen playoffs. On March 24th, Joey had some foul trouble but finished with 14 points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists in a 96-84 loss.

On the 27th, Joey had 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Aalborg fell 98-78 in their final game of the Ligaen season.

Joey finishes the season having led Aalborg to the Ligaen playoffs as the league’s top scorer at 25.0 points per game. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

For more on Joey, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/joey-haywood

Alex Murphy – Naestved (Denmark)

On March 24th, Naestved took on Horsens IC in game 2 of their quarterfinal series. Alex had a game-high 6 assists but Horsens evened the series 1-1 with an 87-68 win.

Naestved regained the upperhand with a 77-71 win on March 27th. Alex scored 11 points to go along with another game-high of 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

However, on March 31st Horsens tied the series at 2 with a 75-58 victory. Alex had 9 points and 4 assists in the loss.

Game 5 is on Friday, April 4th.

Alex is averaging 5.2 assists per game this season, good for third-highest in the Ligaen. He also averages 15.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 30 appearances.

For more on Alex, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/alex-murphy.

Greg Surmacz – London Lightning (Canada)

The back-to-back defending champs kept their hopes of a threepeat alive this week in the NBL semi-finals against Windsor. On March 26th, the Express took a 3-2 series lead, winning 108-91. Greg had 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block off the bench for London.

With the season on the line, London forced a Game 7 with an 84-79 victory on March 29th. Greg added 2 points and 2 rebounds in the gutty win.

Greg is now averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the series.

Greg’s next game is on April 1st in semi-finals action against the Windsor Express.

For more on Greg, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/greg-surmacz

Brandon Hassell – Eco Orebro (Sweden)

Eco Orebro’s season ended on March 21st. Brandon finished the season at ninth in the Basketligan in rebounds with 7.6 per game, while also averaging 13.8 points and 1.1 assists per game.

For more on Brandon, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-hassell

Matteke Hutzler – Sandhausen (Germany)

Matteke’s season ended on March 22nd. In 13 games she averaged 12.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.8 steals.

For more on Matteke, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/matteke-hutzler

Bo Harris – Mississauga Power (Canada)

Mississauga was eliminated from the NBL playoffs on March 6th.

In 35 games this season, Bo averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, shooting 54.1% on two-point field goals.

For more on Bo, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/bo-harris

Slan Sports Player Highlights: March 17th – March 23rd

Simon Farine – Ironi Kiryat Ata (Israel)

Simon had a huge game this week in the Israeli National League, scoring a career-high 36 points in a 102-87 win over Elitzur Ramla on the 18th. He shot a highly efficient 12-for-17 from the field, and also had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in the win. It was the third time in five games that Simon scored over twenty points.

Simon’s hot game against Elitzur Ramla had him named the third best player of Round 23: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Israel/news/Loubeaus_double-double_lands_him_National_League_Player_of_the_Week_award/356166.

Averaging 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, Simon was named to the North Conference All-Star Team on March 24th: http://www.ibba.one.co.il/General/Article.aspx?id=231202&siteId=6.

Simon’s next game is on March 25th against Ironi Nahari.

For more on Simon, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/simon-farine

Robbie Sihota – Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Holland)

Matrixx Magixx split their two games this week, first losing to Den Bosch before rebounding big time against Rotterdam. On March 20th, Robbie had 10 points, a game-high 9 rebounds, and 2 assists as Den Bosch came away with the win, 83-66.

Robbie and Magixx then blew out Rotterdam 79-46 on March 22nd. Robbie led the way with game-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line in Magixx’s 18th win of the season.

For his 20 points and 8 rebounds against Leeuwarden, Robbie was named the sixth best player of Round 26: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Holland/news/Best_players_of_Dutch_Eredivisie_round_26/355936.

Robbie also had the honour of being named the fifth best non-national team Canadian player playing abroad on March 18th: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Cory_Joseph_selected_the_top_Canadian_playing_abroad_in_last_weeks_games/355974.

Check out highlights from the game against Rotterdam at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eMqnXG7oEc.

And also be sure to check out Robbie’s highlight video for this season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t2mKeamJN0.

Robbie is the Eredivisie’s third-leading rebounder with 7.9 per game. He is also averaging 12.4 points and 1.0 assists while shooting 49.8% on 2-point field goals.

Robbie’s next game is on March 29th against Zwolle.

For more on Robbie, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/robbie-sihota

Chris Johnson – Glasgow Rocks (United Kingdom)

Glasgow had a tough week in the BBL. On March 22nd they lost to Sheffield, 75-61. Chris struggled from the field but ended with team-highs of 2 assists and 2 steals to go with 2 rebounds.

On the 23rd, Chris had a much better game with a team-high 19 points, game-highs of 10 assists and 4 steals, and 5 rebounds. He shot 7-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line, though Glasgow fell 89-84 to Newcastle.

In seven games, Chris has averaged 11.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 25.7 minutes per game.

Chris’ next game is on April 5th against the Leicester Riders.

For more on Chris, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/chris-johnson

Hernst Laroche – J. Hradec (Czech Republic)

J.Hradec had a tough schedule this week, facing the two top teams in the Mattoni NBL. On March 19th, Hernst put in a great effort against BK Opava, finishing with team-highs of 19 points and 7 assists, a season-high 5 steals, and 5 rebounds. J. Hradec fell 80-72.

Hernst then faced some foul trouble in a loss to Orli Prostejov on March 22nd. Nonetheless he put up 8 points, a game-high 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal in 16 minutes.

For his game against Opava, Hernst was named the seventh best player of Round 39: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Czech-Republic/news/Mitchells_33-point_game_gives_him_Player_of_the_Week_award/356335.

Hernst was also named the third best non-national team Canadian player playing abroad on March 18th: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Cory_Joseph_selected_the_top_Canadian_playing_abroad_in_last_weeks_games/355974.

In 20 NBL games, Hernst has averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 45.8% on two-pointers.

Hernst’s next game is on March 26th against Svitavy.

For more on Hernst, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/hernst-laroche

Greg Surmacz – London Lightning (Canada)

London’s NBL semi-finals series against Windsor got into full swing this week. London took a 1-0 lead on March 17th with a 95-87 victory. Greg chipped in 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals in the series opener.

London expanded their series lead to 2-0 on March 19th, thanks to Greg’s game-winning jumper as time expired. In an 82-81 nail-biter, Greg shot 4-for-6 from the field for 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal off the bench.

Windsor chipped away at London’s 2-0 lead on March 20th, winning 93-81. Greg once again scored 8 points to go with 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

Windsor then tied the series 2-2 on March 23rd in a 113-106 final. Greg had a great game, shooting 6-for-7 from the field for 17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.

Check out Greg’s game-winner from March 19th: http://sportslive24.net/snippet/londonlightning-shocks-windsorexpress-at-home-again-at-the-buzzer-wow-82-81-your-final-score-london-heads-home-up-2-0/.

On the season, Greg is now averaging 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds, shooting 48.5% on two-pointers.

Greg’s next game is on March 26th in semi-finals action against the Windsor Express.

For more on Greg, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/greg-surmacz

Alex Murphy – Naestved (Denmark)

Naestved won an overtime thriller in the first game of their quarterfinal series against Horsens IC on March 20th. Alex scored a team-high 20 points with a game-high 6 assists and 3 rebounds as Naestved took a 1-0 series lead, 87-85.

Alex starts the playoffs tied for fifth in the Ligaen in assists with 5.1 per game. He is also averaging 16.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.

Alex’s next game is on March 24th, continuing the quarterfinals series against Horsens IC.

For more on Alex, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/alex-murphy.

Marques Oliver – Cuxhaven (Germany)

Marques had an excellent game in Cuxhaven’s narrow 75-72 loss to ETB Wohnbau on March 22nd. He had 17 points along with game-highs of 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks, as well as 2 assists. His 17 points came on 7-for-12 shooting from the field, and it was his third game of season with at least 3 steals and 3 blocks.

28 games in, Marques is one of Pro A’s top defensive players. He is third in blocks with 1.5 per game and eighth in steals, also with 1.5 per game. He also averages 11.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.

Marques’ next game is on March 28th against Karlsruhe.

For more on Marques, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/marques-oliver

Brandon Robinson – Chemnitz (Germany)

Brandon led Chemnitz to a quality 75-71 win over fourth place Ehingen on March 22nd. He scored a team-high 17 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Through Round 28, Brandon is sixth in Pro A in scoring and second in steals, averaging 18.0 points and 2.1 steals respectively, to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Brandon’s next game is on March 28th against Jena.

For more on Brandon, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-robinson

Matteke Hutzler – Sandhausen (Germany)

Sandhausen’s season came to a close with a 66-53 loss to Rhein MB II on March 22nd. Matteke finished the season on a high note with with game-highs of 13 points and 5 steals, as well as a team-high 9 rebounds. It was her ninth game of the season with 9 or more rebounds.

For her 17 points and 12 rebounds against Heidelberg, Matteke was named the ninth best player of Round 21: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Germany/news/Kathryn_Verboom_claims_German_2Bundesliga_weekly_honour/356057?Women=1&Women=1.

Matteke ends the season having averaged 12.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in 13 games.

For more on Matteke, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/matteke-hutzler

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe – Pully (Switzerland)

Nayo was once against Pully’s leading scorer with a team-high 13 points as they fell 71-49 to Fizzy Riva on March 23rd. We will update you with Nayo’s complete stats once a box score is available.

For her performances the past two weeks, Nayo was named the second best player of Rounds 19 and 20. Check it out at: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Switzerland/news/Davis_number_one_in_Switzerland_for_round_19/356088?Women=1&Women=1

and: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Switzerland/news/Marielle_Giroud_gets_MVP_of_the_Week_award_for_Swiss_LNA/356259?Women=1&Women=1.

For more on Nayo, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/nayo-raincock-ekunwe

Yannick Anzuluni – Pyrinto Tampere (Baltic League, Finland)

Yannick didn’t have quite as explosive an offensive game as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on March 22nd. In a 93-76 loss to BC Nokia, Yannick had game-highs of 5 steals and 3 blocks, along with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.

On March 18th, Yannick was named the second-best non-national team Canadian player playing abroad: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Cory_Joseph_selected_the_top_Canadian_playing_abroad_in_last_weeks_games/355974.

Yannick has been the 1st Division’s leading scorer all season, averaging 26.0 points per game. He is also first in steals with 2.6 per game, third in rebounds with 13.0 per game, and fourth in assists with 3.4 per game.

Yannick’s next game is on March 30th against FoKoPo.

For more on Yannick, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/yannick-anzuluni

Joey Haywood – Aalborg Vikings (Denmark)

Joey had a quieter game than usual as Aalborg lost their first round playoff series opener against Bakken on March 20th. He still managed 11 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and 1 steal in the game.

For his 24 points against SISU, Joey was named the ninth best non-national team Canadian player playing abroad on March 18th: http://basketball.usbasket.com/Canada/news/Cory_Joseph_selected_the_top_Canadian_playing_abroad_in_last_weeks_games/355974.

Joey is the Ligaen’s top scorer, averaging 26.0 points per game in 28 appearances. He also averages 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per night.

Joey’s next game is on March 24th as Aalborg continues their quarterfinals series against Bakken.

For more on Joey, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/joey-haywood

Brandon Hassell – Eco Orebro (Sweden)

Eco Orebro’s season in the Basketligan ended this week. On March 18th they picked up a 74-71 win over Nassjo. Brandon shot 5-for-10 from the field for 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in the victory.

Orebro then unfortunately finished the season with a loss to LF Basket on the 21st. Brandon did have a nice showing though with a game-high 16 points as well as 9 rebounds and 2 steals.

Brandon finishes the season at ninth in the Basketligan in rebounds with 7.6 per game, while also averaging 13.8 points and 1.1 assists per game.

For more on Brandon, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-hassell

Tut Ruach – NH Ostrava (Czech Republic)

Ostrava went 1-1 this week in the Mattoni NBL. On March 19th, Tut had 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist as Ostrava fell to Usti n/Labem 85-70.

Ostrava got back in the win column on March 22nd with an 85-62 victory over USK Praha. Tut added 7 points, 5 rebounds, a team-high 4 assists, and a game-high 3 steals.

Through Round 40, Tut is averaging 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

Tut’s next game is on March 29th against BK Pardubice.

For more on Tut, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/tut-ruach

Mike Allison – Durham Wildcats (United Kingdom)

Mike had a quieter game than usual as Durham fell to the Manchester Giants 90-78 on March 23rd. He ended with 5 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block. It was his fifth game of the season with 5 or more offensive rebounds.

In 27 games, Mike has been the BBL’s leading shot blocker, blocking 2.6 shots per game. He has also averaged 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Mike’s next game is on March 30th against the Newcastle Eagles.

For more on Mike, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/mike-allison

Julie Seabrook – SBK Olimpia Grodno (Belarus, Euro Cup, Baltic League)

Olimpia was on bye this week.

In 17 games, Julie is averaging 10.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Julie’s next game is on March 26th in Baltic League competition against H-Sirenos.

For more on Julie, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/julie-seabrook

Bo Harris – Mississauga Power (Canada)

Mississauga was eliminated from the NBL playoffs last week.

In 35 games this season, Bo averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, shooting 54.1% on two-point field goals.

For more on Bo, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/bo-harris

Akeem Wright Signs One-Year Deal In New Zealand

TORONTO, March 19, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Akeem Wright has signed on to play for the Waikato Pistons in the 2014 NBL New Zealand season.

Wright, a 6’6’’ swingman, spent time in Spain and Ukraine during the 2013-2014 season. He played 7 games for BdR Valladolid in the Liga Endesa, where he averaged 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists before moving to Dnipro Azot for the remainder of the season. In Ukraine’s Superleague, Wright averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals.

Wright is entering his third season in New Zealand, where he has played each of the past two years during the European offseason. He was an Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand Second Team selection both years. Last season, Akeem lead Otago to a 12-4 regular season record and a playoff semi-final berth while averaging 20.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.6 steals.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, Wright played collegiate basketball at Kansas State University under coach Bob Huggins who described Wright as “the best multiple [position] defender in the Big 12.” Since then, Wright has played seven seasons professionally in Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

“I am excited to be heading back to New Zealand this summer,” said Wright. “It is a wonderful country, a competitive league, and I am confident that the group we have in Waikato can have a great season.”

The Pistons are coming off a difficult, 2-14 season, but have a re-vamped roster for 2014 and believe they are poised to make a big move up the NBL standings.

“Akeem is a player who has been on the radar of this club for the past 2 years,” said Anthony Corban, Pistons General Manager. “He has been a standout performer as an import player in this league. Our coaching staff are excited to have him as part of our team and club for the 2014 season.”

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

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