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Kris Young Signs First Professional Contract In Germany

TORONTO, November 18, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleasedKris to announce that Kris Young has signed her first professional contract with TG Ladybaskets Wuerzburg in the German 2.Bundesliga.

Young, a 5’10’’ guard, is coming off a five-year career at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This past season, she was Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s (CIS) 9th leading scorer with 18.0 points per game. She also averaged 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals. Young led her team to a Bronze Medal at the 2015 CIS Final 8 Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honours in the process. She was named to the CIS All-Canadian First Team and was the Canada West Conference Player of the Year. Young also set a UBC single-game record with 40 points in a win over Ryerson on March 12, 2015.

A North Vancouver native, Young graduated from Handsworth Secondary School before starting her collegiate career at UBC. By her second year, she was already one of the country’s top players, averaging 16.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. Young won her first Canada West Conference Championship that season and was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the CIS Final 8 Tournament. She was also named to the All-Canada West Second Team. In her third year, Young won her first of two Canada West Conference Player of the Year awards, and was named to her first of three All-Canadian First Teams. She leaves UBC as the program’s 2nd all-time leading scorer with 2,384 career points.

Young also has experience representing Canada. She was a member of the Under 19 National Team that competed at the 2011 Under 19 World Championships in Chile. Later, she was selected to play on the University National Team at the 2013 World University Games in Russia.

Young has already arrived in Germany, and Wuerzburg wasted no time getting her into the action. She helped lead the club to a 58-57 victory over Rhein Main Baskets this past weekend. Now at 2-7 on the season, Wuerzburg expects Young to be a big addition to an improving team going forward.

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Mike Allison Signs One-Year Contract In The National Basketball League Of Canada

TORONTO, October 26, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Mike Mike Allison dunkAllison has signed a one-year contract with the Niagara River Lions in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC).

Allison, a 6’9’’ power forward/center, is coming off of his rookie season in the NBLC where he averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game for the Mississauga Power. An efficient player, Allison shot 55.1% from two-point range and 86.0% from the free throw line.

A Hamilton, Ontario native, Allison played high school basketball at the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA), a college preparatory program affiliated with Canada Basketball. During and after his time at NEDA, he played for both the Under 18 and Under 19 Canadian National Teams, winning bronze at the 2008 Under 18 FIBA Americas Championships.

Allison then played four seasons at the University of Maine. In his senior season, he averaged 6.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a conference leading 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 50.0% from the field. Allison also led the American East Conference (AEC) in blocks in his junior season when he averaged 2.2 per game. He made the AEC All-Defensive Team both years. In 2012, Allison won College Sports Madness All-AEC Third Team honours and in 2013 he was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-AEC Second Team.

In 2013, Allison began his professional career in the British Basketball League for the Durham Wildcats. There he averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and a league-leading 2.3 blocks per game.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Niagara River Lions,” said Allison. “I am hoping to be a big part of their success this season.”

Allison joins the Niagara River Lions for their inaugural season in the NBLC and is expected to play a big role for the team.

“I am excited about Mike joining our River Lions team,” said Head Coach, Ken Murray. “Mike brings a good amount of athleticism with his 6’9’’ frame and I expect him to be a major contributor this season.”

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Lexie Nelson Signs First Professional Contract in Finland

TORONTO, October 24, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Lexie Nelson has signed a one-year contract with Kotka Peli-Karhut in the Finnish SM-Sarja League.

Lexie NelsonNelson, a 5’6’’ guard, is coming off of a standout career at Eastern Washington University where she averaged 14.6 points per game over three seasons. In her senior season, Nelson finished 8th in the Big Sky Conference with 14.0 points per game. She was also 4th in the conference with 2.1 made three-pointers per game, and 5th with a three-point shooting percentage of 35.5%. Nelson led her team to the Big Sky Semi Finals and into the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. She was named to the 2015 All-Big Sky Second Team.

Originally from Butte, Montana, Nelson attended Butte High School and then went on to start her collegiate career at the University of Montana. She played one season there before transferring to Eastern Washington University. Nelson was a key contributor right away at Eastern Washington, averaging 14.0 points per game in her first season there. She also led the conference in free throw percentage at 85.5% and was named to the All-Big Sky Conference First Team. In her junior year, Nelson went on to average a career-best 15.9 points per game, again earning All-Big Sky First Team honors. She also made 74 three-pointers that season while leading the conference in three-point percentage at 44.0%. An outstanding student, Nelson was also a three-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team during her time at Eastern Washington.

Nelson joins a Kotka Peli-Karhut team that finished 4th in the SM-Sarja League standing last season before falling in the semi finals in the playoffs. Off to an 0-3 start this season, the club expects Nelson to be a major contributer right away.

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Nick Okorie Signs One-Year Deal in Austria

TORONTO, September 25, 2015 – Slan Sports Managemeimgresnt is pleased to announce that Nick Okorie has signed a one-year contract with WBC Raiffeisen Wels in the Austria A Bundesliga.

Okorie, a 6’1’’ guard, started the 2014-2015 season in Denmark before moving to the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). While with the Aalborg Vikings in Denmark, Okorie averaged 23.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over 12 games. He then joined the Island Storm where he averaged 16.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over the remaining 28 games of the NBLC season. Okorie, who has been an efficient three-point shooter throughout his career, shot 38.5% from beyond the arc on the season. He helped lead the Island Storm all the way to the NBLC Semi Finals, where they lost in five games to the Halifax Rainmen. Okorie was named to the 2014-2015 All-NBLC Third Team.

A Houston, Texas native, Okorie graduated from Texas Tech University in 2010, where he averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in his senior season, helping lead the Raiders to the Elite 8 of the National Invitational Tournament. He then played professionally in Finland and Germany before moving to the NBLC in 2012. In his first season in Canada, Okorie averaged 19.0 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Oshawa Power. He was selected to participate in the 2013 NBLC All Star Game and was an All-NBLC Honourable Mention.

In the 2013-2014 season, Okorie split time between the Mississauga Power and the Island Storm. He finished the season with the Island Storm, leading his team to the NBLC Finals where they lost in seven games to the Windsor Express. Okorie was named to the NBLC All-Playoff First Team after averaging 22.6 points and 4.9 assists throughout the playoffs. In 35 total games with the Island Storm, Okorie averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He also made 130 three-pointers on the season, which was 5th most in the NBLC that year.

Okorie joins a Wels team that finished in 6th place in the A Bundesliga standings last season with a 19-17 record, before falling to Kapfenberg in the first round of the playoffs.

“I am really excited for this opportunity to play with the Wels organization,” said Okorie. “I expect great things on the court and I am anxious to get to get to work.”

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