Brandon Hassell Signs Contract In Latvia
TORONTO, December 4, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brandon Hassell has signed on for the rest of the 2014-15 season with BK Saldus of the Latvian Basketball League.
Hassell, a 6’11” center, spent the 2013-14 season playing in Sweden for Eco Orebro where he was named to the All-Swedish Basketligan Third Team. He averaged 13.9 points, while shooting 56.0% from two-point field goal range, and was 9th in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game. Hassell originally signed this summer with Shimane SM in Japan’s BJ League but will now be returning for his second season in Europe after leaving the team in late September.
Growing up in Farmersville, Ohio, Hassell went on to become a two-year letterman at Valley View High School. He then committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions where he played four seasons collegiately. Hassel had a career-best year as a junior, notching a 60.3% field goal percentage as well as career highs in points and rebounds. After graduating in 2008, he was invited to an NBA pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers. In 2012, Hassell was drafted 3rd overall in the National Basketball League of Canada draft by the Summerside Storm and played with them for one season before heading to Sweden.
Hassell, who made major strides in his first season overseas, feels confident and poised for another breakout year.
“I’m ready to move forward and get back to playing,” said Hassell. “I feel blessed and ready to make the best of another great opportunity.”
Hassell played his first game with BK Saldus yesterday, registering 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. He joins a team in need of some help in the frontcourt. BK Saldus is currently 1-9 and ranks last in the league in rebounding, so he will be counted on to contribute in the paint right away.
For more information and individual box scores for Brandon throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-hassell.