Joey Haywood Signs One Year Contract In Iceland
TORONTO, September 29, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Joey Haywood has signed a one-year contract with U.M.F. Grindavik of the Iceland Dominos League.
Haywood, a 6’1’’ guard, is coming off of a season with the Aalborg Vikings in which he comfortably led the Danish Ligaen in scoring at 25.0 points per game. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from two-point field goal range and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc. Haywood led the Danish Ligaen in free throws made and attempted, converting 80.6 percent at the line. He was selected to play in the Danish Ligaen All Star Game where he won most valuable player and at season’s end was the runner up in the leagues most valuable player race. Haywood’s season was highlighted by a 40 point and 6 assist performance against Naestved on December 5th during a streak of 11 games in which he scored over 25 points.
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Haywood played his collegiate basketball at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In his senior season, he was the nation’s leading scorer at 28.8 points per game, a First Team All-Canadian, and the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Player of the Year. He led the AUS in scoring in all three of his seasons at Saint Mary’s and continues to hold the AUS single-season scoring record of 575 points.
Before moving to Europe, Haywood played in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) for two seasons. In 2012-2013 he averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game for the Halifax Rainmen. He was named to the All-NBLC Third Team and Atlantic Division All-Star Team’s starting line-up, while winning the All-NBLC Domestic Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
Haywood, eager to follow up on his outstanding first year in Europe is confident in himself and his new team heading into the season.
“I am blessed to be playing professional basketball overseas for a great club in Grindavik,” said Haywood. “I will work hard to make sure we are back in the finals where we belong.”
Grindavik finished the regular season in third place in 2013-2014 with a 17-5 record and made it all the way to the Dominos League Finals. The team has championship aspirations in the coming year and believes the acquisition of Haywood is a big step towards their goal.
“We are excited to bring Joey to Grindavik,” said Sverrir Sverrisson, Grindavik Head Coach. “He played extremely well last year in Denmark. Everything I’ve seen and heard about Joey leads me to believe that he is going to be the leader that we have been looking to sign on our team.”
For more information and individual box scores for Joey throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/joey-haywood.