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Laura Dally Signs First Professional Contract In Germany

1297840396046_ORIGINALTORONTO, May 30, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Laura Dally has signed a one-year contract with BG ’89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg of the Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL) in Germany.

Dally led the University of Saskatchewan to the program’s first ever Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championship this past season. During the Final 8 Tournament, the 6’0’’ guard, averaged 19.7 points per contest and was named Player of the Game in the national championship final against Ryerson, scoring a team-high 25 points. During the regular season, Dally led her team in scoring with 17.2 points per game, shooting 39.5% from three-point range and 87.1% from the charity stripe. She also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Dally was named Canada West (CanWest) Outstanding Player of the Year and was a CIS 1st Team All-Canadian.

A Brights Grove, Ontario native, Dally graduated from Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School prior to starting her collegiate basketball with the University of Western Ontario in the Ontario University Athletics Division (OUA) of the CIS. In her first season as a Mustang, Dally was named to the OUA West Division All-rookie Team after averaging 6.9 points in 19.4 minutes per game. Dally built on her rookie campaign in 2011-12, averaging 12.4 points per game and earning an OUA West Division Second Team All Star selection. In 2012-13, she averaged 12.3 points per game and was again selected to the OUA West Division Second Team. Dally then transferred to the University of Saskatchewan for the 2014-15 season where she ranked first in the CIS shooting 47.2% from three-point range to go along with 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Dally has also been a fixture for Canada Basketball over the years. She is currently in training camp competing for a spot on the Senior National this summer. Last year, Dally earned a World University Games Silver Medal in Korea as a member of the 2015 Development National Team. She was also a member of the U18 National Team in 2010 when she was named a FIBA Americas First Team All-Star.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to start my professional career with the Hurricanes this season,” said Dally. “I believe it will be a great fit for me and I am ready to go in and do whatever it takes to win.”

The Avides Hurricanes anticipate Dally being an immediate contributor for them offensively.

“We were looking for someone who will help us with the offensive part of the game, but also add to our community and youth program, and we found both with Laura,” said Tomas Holesovsky, Avides Hurricanes Head Coach. “I am sure that both our club and our fans are looking forward to welcoming Laura into the Hurricanes family.”

The Avides Hurricanes finished the 2015-16 season in 7th place with a 10-12 record. The team believes Laura can use her experience on the domestic and international levels to bring them to the next level.

“Laura is a very talented and versatile guard who can score from anywhere on the court and is a good rebounder and defender, too,” said GM, Utz Buhrmann. “We were looking for a player with strong character who can lead our team and is a role model in for the club and community. That is what Laura seems to be and we are happy to have her on our team for the 2016-17 season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Laura throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/laura-dally.

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Daniel Mullings Signs Contract In China

TORONTO, May 25, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Daniel Mullings has signed with Jiang Huai Shan Dian of the Chinese National Basketball League (NBL).

Mullings, a 6’2” guard, is coming off of his first professional season with Medi Bayreuth in the German Basketball League (BBL). There, he averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 15.8 minutes per game. Mullings shot 51.0% from 2-point range, and 30.8% from behind the arc.

A Toronto, Ontario native, Mullings attended high school at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute. He won two league championships there before joining New Mexico State University in the NCAA to begin his collegiate career. Mullings started all four years at New Mexico State, and was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year as a junior. That year, he averaged 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Mullings was also named to the All-WAC First Team twice and to the WAC All-Defensive Team three times. He currently holds records as New Mexico State University’s all-time leader in career steals with 249, all-time leader in free throws made with 463, and is also the team’s 4th all-time leading scorer with 1677 career points.

“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity to play in China,” said Mullings. “I can’t wait to get on the court and be an instrumental piece, helping take this club to new levels.”

Jiang Huai Shan Dian are a newly formed NBL club located in Chuzhou, Anhui.

“We are very excited to have Daniel, as he is such a talented and explosive player,” said Yong Ge Xiong, President of Jiang Huai Shan Dian. “We are certain that Daniel will have a huge impact on the game and will lead the team on both ends of the floor.”

For more information and individual box scores for Daniel throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/daniel-mullings.

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Cavell Johnson Signs Contract In China

1TORONTO, May 25, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Cavell Johnson has signed with Jiang Huai Shan Dian in the Chinese National Basketball League (NBL).

Johnson, a 6’8” power forward/centre, is coming off of a season split between Salon Vilpas in the Finnish Korisliiga and MAFC Budapest in the Hungarian A Division. He started the season in Finland, averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 23 games before moving to Hungary. There, he averaged 10.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and ranked 2nd in the league with 1.8 blocks per game.

A Temple Hills, Maryland native, Johnson attended high school at Notre Dame Academy. He began his collegiate career as James Madison University, but transferred to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the America East Conference (AEC) following his junior year. In 31 games with UMBC, Johnson averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. That season, UMBC won the AEC Tournament, and Johnson was named to the All-AEC Third Team. He also won the AEC Male Sportsmanship Award that year.

In 2011-2012, Johnson played with the Beltway Bombers in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL). The Bombers won the ACPBL championship and Johnson won the ACPBL Finals Most Valuable Player award.

In 2012-2013, Johnson joined the National Basketball League of Canada’s Saint John Mill Rats. With the Mill Rats, he averaged 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Johnson then spent the next two years with the Brampton A’s in the NBLC. In 2014, Johnson was selected to the All-NBLC Second Team after averaging 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He also won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and was selected to participate in the NBLC All-Star Game. In 2015, Johnson averaged 12.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and was 1st in the league with 1.6 blocks per game. He was an All-NBLC Third Team member that season and helped the A’s reach the NBLC Semi Finals.

“I want to thank the Jiang Huai Shan Dian club for the chance to continue to develop my professional career,” said Johnson. “ I am looking forward to contributing to the growth of this new team and its foundation of excellence.”

Jiang Huai Shan Dian are a newly formed NBL club located in Chuzhou, Anhui.

“We are really happy to sign Cavell, as he is such a versatile and athletic player,” said Yong Ge Xiong, President of Jiang Huai Shan Dian. “He is an experienced and tenacious rebounder and paint protector. We believe that he will not only play a key part defensively but also contribute offensively with his quickness and skills.”

For more information and individual box scores for Cavell throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/cavell-johnson.

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Nick Tufegdzich Re-Signs In Paderborn

TORONTO, May 24th, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is 151015-1738-55a5cb1da0b61667pleased to announce that Nick Tufegdzich has signed a one-year contract extension with Finke Baskets Paderborn in the German Pro A League.

During his first season in Paderborn, Tufegdzich, a 6’8” power forward, averaged 8.2 points while pulling down 5.1 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.0 assist while shooting 51.3% from two-point field goal range in 19.9 minutes per game. Tufegdzich showcased arguably his most complete performance of the season in a Round 23 winning effort against higher ranked Koeln Rhein Stars, when he put up 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes of action. That week he was named the Germany Pro A 2nd Best Performer of the Week by Eurobasket.com.

A Tecumseh, Ontario native, Tufegdzich graduated from Riverside Secondary School prior to playing his collegiate basketball at York University in the Ontario University Athletics division (OUA) of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). In his 4th year as a Lion, he was named an All-OUA Second Team All Star after averaging 13.5 points, and ranking 4th in the country with 10.5 rebounds per game. He was also 3rd in the CIS with 2.1 blocks per game. In his 5th year at York, Tufegdzich upped his scoring average to 19.1 points per game to go along with 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, this time earning All-OUA First Team honors.

“I am happy to be back with Paderborn for another season,” said Tufegdzich. “There are some great people around the organization and a great coach who can help me develop. I think I had a good second half to the season this year and I’m looking to build on this and become a dominant player on my team and in this league.”

Paderborn finished the season in 13th place with an 11-19 record. The team believes Tufegdzich has a high ceiling and can help lead the team to a playoff birth in 2017.

“Nick had a very promising second round this season,” said Paderborn Head Coach, Uli Naechster. “We are happy to be able to work with him for another year and hope that we can help him reach his potential.”

Check out some of Nick’s highlights from his rookie season: https://vimeo.com/145289620.

For more information and individual box scores for Nick throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/nick-tufegdzich.

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