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Josh Wolfram Signs First Professional Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, June 24, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased tooption 1 announce that Josh Wolfram has signed his first professional contract with Umea BSKT of the Swedish Basketligan. The deal is a one-plus-one contract, with a team option for the second year.

Wolfram, a 6’10” power forward, is coming off of his final collegiate season in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), where he led Thomson Rivers University to a Canada West Conference (CanWest) silver medal and a berth to the 2016 Arcelormittal Dofasco CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8. Wolfram averaged 19.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, which were ranked 3rd and 5th respectively in the CanWest and 11th and 9th in the country. He added 1.3 blocks per game, good for 8th in the CanWest. At season’s end, Wolfram was selected to his second consecutive All-CanWest First Team.

A Kamloops, British Columbia native, Wolfram attended South Kamloops Secondary School prior to committing to start his collegiate basketball at the University of Calgary. In his second season with the Dino’s, Wolfram averaged 7.6 points while pulling down 4.5 rebounds in 18.6 minutes of action per game. He then returned to his home province of British Columbia to play for Thompson Rivers for the 2014-15 season, where he finished 6th in the CIS with 9.3 rebounds and 1st in the CIS in defensive rebounding, averaging 7.9 per game. Wolfram also shot 42.7% from 3-point field goal range that year, ranking 11th in the country.

Wolfram represented Canada at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea. Through 8 games there, he averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.1 minutes of court time. Canada finished the tournament in 7th place.

Wolfram looks forward to making the jump overseas for his first professional season. He is grateful for those who have helped pave his way to the professional level in Europe.

“It’s a dream come true to sign a professional contract in Europe,” said Wolfram. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me, and I cannot wait to begin my career with Umea.”

Umea BSKT finished the 2015-16 season with a 4-26 record. They are excited for Josh to add another dimension to their lineup.

“We are very excited to have inked a contract with Josh for next season,” said Umea BSKT Head Coach, Jesper Gustavsson. “We’re looking forward to seeing him in Sweden next season and being a big part of our team. I’ve heard only good things about him and he should fit great into what we’re doing on and off the court!”

For more information and individual box scores for Josh throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/josh-wolfram.

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Taijah Campbell Signs First Professional Contract In Slovakia

TORONTO, June 22, 2016 – Slan Sports ManagementTaijah-Campbell-NCCA-Virginia-Tech-v-PITT-battle-down-low is pleased to announce that Taijah Campbell has signed her first professional contract, a one-year deal with MBK Ružomberok of the Slovakian Extraliga.

Campbell, a 6’3” forward/center, is coming off of her senior season with the Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA. She averaged 4.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and ranked 8th in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in blocks, with 1.3 per game. Campbell also led her team in total field goal percentage, shooting 51.4% on the season. At the end of her collegiate career, she ranked 5th all-time in career blocks at Virginia Tech with 135 and 7th all-time in career rebounds for Virginia Tech with 574. Additionally, Campbell recorded the most career rebounds and most career blocks in ACC games in Virginia Tech history.

A Toronto, Ontario native, Campbell attended Pickering High School. In 2011, Campbell was selected to compete in the 2011 All-Canada Classic High School All-Star Game. Campbell also represented Ontario in the U17 Canadian National Championships. The team went undefeated in the tournament to capture gold, and Campbell averaged 3.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game. Campbell began her collegiate career at Virginia Tech in 2012-2013. In her junior year, she averaged career bests of 7.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, while ranking 8th in the ACC in blocks with 1.3 blocks per game.

Campbell has also represented Canada on the international stage. In 2011, she competed with the Development Women’s National Team (DWNT) at the Pan Am Games. Campbell also represented Canada as a member of the 3×3 Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) in the 2011 FIBA Youth World Championship. In 2012, she joined the JWNT at the U18 FIBA Americas, where she averaged 3.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. Campbell also competed with the DWNT at the 2013 Summer Universiade.

“I am really looking forward to joining Ružomberok next season,” said Campbell. “I think it is a really good fit for me and I am excited and grateful to be a part of the team, to work hard, and to contribute to their success.”

Ružomberok was eliminated by EuroCup team Piešťanské Čajky in the semifinals of the 2016 Extraliga Playoffs. Ružomberok went on to defeat SBK Šamorín to finish the season in 3rd place.

“We are very happy to welcome Taijah to our club,” said Juraj Suja, Ružomberok Head Coach. “She will join a hardworking group of people and we believe she will fill an important gap in our lineup. We are looking forward to her rebounding, leadership, and rim protection on defense.”

For more information and individual box scores for Taijah throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/taijah-campbell.

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Jyles Smith Signs New Contract In Denmark

TORONTO, June 17, 2016 – Slan Sports Management AR-151219835.jpg&MaxW%3d1000&imageVersion%3d16by9is pleased to announce that Jyles Smith has signed a one-year contract with the Horsholm 79ers of the Danish Basketligaen.

Smith, a 6’9” forward/center, averaged 5.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game this past season, helping Horsens IC to a Basketligaen Championship. Over the course of Smith’s 37 game campaign, he shot 61.4% from two-point field goal range and averaged 0.8 blocks per contest. During the final playoff series, Smith shot 64.0% from the field and capped the year off with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and a block in the championship clinching game.

A Fairburn, Georgia native, Smith attended Creekside High School prior to committing to play his collegiate basketball at Savannah State University in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) of the NCAA. In his junior season with the Tigers, Smith ranked 3rd in the MEAC in blocks with 2.6 per game, and 2nd in total blocks with 87. Smith’s play reached a new level in his senior year, ranking 1st in the MEAC and 12th in the entire NCAA in blocks with 3.1 per game. He also averaged 8.4 points and led the MEAC in rebounding with 8.2 per contest. On January 11th, 2014 Smith set a Savannah State school record with 20 rebounds in a single contest.

Smith played his first professional season in 2014-15 with the Copenhagen Wolfpack of the Basketligaen, where he was named Eurobasket.com Danish Basketligaen Player of the Week four times. Smith finished his rookie season averaging 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds, while leading the league in blocks with 1.9 per game.

Smith looks forward to bringing his championship experience to Horsholm and is ready to take on a larger role this season.

“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season in Horsholm,” said Smith. “I believe I will be a good fit in their system and program. I can’t wait to get there to work hard and have some fun.”

Horsholm finished the 2015-2016 season with a13-15 record. They will look to Smith to provide a boost to their defensive and offensive outlook.

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

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Dakota Whyte Signs First Professional Contract In Euro Cup

TORONTO, June 16, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pwomens-basketball_-26leased to announce that Dakota Whyte has signed her first professional contract, a one-year deal with Luleå Basket in Euro Cup and the Swedish Damligan.

Whyte, a 5’8” point guard, is coming off of her senior season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA. She ranked 2nd on her team in scoring with 12.9 points per game and 11th in the Big 10 Conference in assists averaging 3.8 per game. Whyte also grabbed 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

An Ajax, Ontario native, Whyte attended high school at Notre Dame Catholic High School. In 2011, she competed in the U17 Canadian National Championships as a member of team Ontario. They went undefeated in the tournament to capture gold, and Whyte was named Tournament MVP. Whyte began her collegiate career at Wisconsin in 2012-2013. In her junior year, she ranked 2nd on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game. That season she also ranked 1st on the team and 12th in the Big 10 Conference in assists with 3.9 per game. She also lead her team with 1.5 steals per game and 70 made free throws.

Whyte has also represented Canada on the international stage. In 2010, she competed in the Youth Olympic Games, helping Team Canada finish in 4th place. Whyte also represented Canada as a member of the 3×3 National Team in the 2011 FIBA Youth World Championship and, in 2012, was named to the Canadian Junior National Team. In 2014, Whyte helped the Canadian National Development Team place 1st in the Jones Cup, where she averaged 6.6 points in 13.7 minutes per game. In 2015, she led the University National Team to a 2nd place finish at the FISU Games in Korea, averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game over the tournament. This summer, Whyte will compete for Canada with the Development Women’s National Team that will head to Prague for a five-game exhibition tournament from June 20th – 25th.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to play for Luleå Basket,” said Whyte. “I believe it will be a great fit for me and I am ready to work as hard as I can to contribute to their legacy.”

Luleå Basket went 3-3 in the first stage of Euro Cup competition last season, moving on to the round of 16 where they lost to Hungarian Club, Miskolk. In Swedish competition, Lulea tied for first place with a 23-4 regular season record before beating Umea in the Damligan Finals to earn their third consecutive Swedish championship.

“Dakota is a complete player that can both lead a team as point guard and score when necessary,” said David Visscher, Head Coach of Luleå Basket. “We have high expectations of Dakota, and are certain that she has the necessary qualities to play at a high level of European basketball.”

For more information and individual box scores for Dakota throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/dakota-whyte.

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