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Terry Thomas Signs First Professional Contract In Germany

TORONTO, July 24, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Terry Thomas has signed his first professional contract with the Hamburg Towers of the German Pro A League.

Thomas, a 6’4” small forward, finished his collegiate career at the University of Ottawa this past season where he was one of the premier scorers in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).  He finished 4th in the country in scoring with 22.4 points per game and 1st with 32.5 points per 40 minutes. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game, while shooting 45.2% from three-point range. Thomas led the Gee-Gees to an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship and to the CIS Final 8 Championship game, where he was named a CIS Final 8 Tournament All-Star for the second time in his career.

A Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native, Thomas played his first three collegiate seasons at St. Francis Xavier University before transferring to the University of Ottawa in 2013. In 2012, he was named to the All Atlantic University Sport (AUS) First Team leading the X-Men to an AUS Championship and a Bronze Medal at the CIS Final 8, where he was selected as a CIS Final 8 All-Star for the first time. Thomas also earned All AUS Third Team and AUS All-Rookie Team honours in 2011.

Thomas believes he will be in a great situation to start his career and feels prepared to be a leader for Hamburg in all facets this season.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to be a part of an emerging team that is so full of potential,” said Thomas. “I am eager to utilize my leadership skills, work ethic, and positive energy on and off the court in order to make this program great.”

The Hamburg Towers are an expansion franchise who received a wild card berth into the German Pro A League for the 2014-15 season. They are thrilled to acquire a player with Thomas’ athletic ability and skillset.

“We were looking for an athletic player who can also shoot the ball well from the three-point line. We are sure that we found that type of player in Terry Thomas,” said Hamed Attarbashi, Hamburg Head Coach. “Defensively, he is very active and mobile, which should help us tremendously. If he keeps working on his game, he will have a great future as a professional basketball player.”

For more information and individual box scores for Terry throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/terry-thomas

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Alex Murphy Signs One-Year Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, July 23, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Alex Murphy has signed a one-year contract with the Solna Vikings of the Swedish Basketligan.

Murphy, a 6’1’’ point guard, played the last two years for Naestved in the Danish Ligaen where he was one of the league leaders in assists, both seasons. In 2013-2014, he was 6th in the league with 5.0 assists per game to go along with averages of 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals, while shooting 48.1% from two-point range, 34.9% from three, and 76.6% from the free-throw line. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention, and Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Bosmans Team awards.

A Vancouver, British Columbia native, Murphy played high school basketball at St. George’s High School before playing collegiately at the University of British Columbia. There, he helped lead the Thunderbirds to back-to-back Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Silver Medals in 2009 and 2010, as well as a Bronze Medal in 2011. In Murphy’s senior season, he was named to the All-Canada West Second Team and finished his CIS career as the country’s alltime leader in consecutive games played with 169.

Murphy appears prepared and motivated to take his career to the next level this season.

“I am excited to start a new journey in Sweden and am thankful for the opportunity Solna has povided me to further my pursuits in basketball,” said Murphy. “I am ready to prove myself in a higher quality league like Sweden’s and I am focused on making Solna a contender this year.”

The Solna Vikings finished last season in 6th place and were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by eventual Basketligan finalists, Norrkoping. They hope the acquisition of Murphy will allow them to push further into the playoffs in 2014-2015.

“We are delighted to have Alex play for us in the upcoming season,” said Ray Ailus, Head Coach of the Solna Vikings. “Offensively, we look for him to bring leadership to our backcourt, score and, get our players involved in our offense. Defensively, we expect Alex to play aggressively and give 100% in games and practices.”

For more information and individual box scores for Alex throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/alex-murphy

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Dejan Kravic Signs First Professional Contract In Greece

TORONTO, July 21, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Dejan Kravic has signed his first professional contract with OEM Rethymno Aegean of the Greek Esake League for the 2014-2015 season.

Kravic, A 7’0’’ power forward/center, from London, Ontario via Mostar, Bosnia, averaged 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game during his senior season at Texas Tech University. His 1.3 blocks were the 6th best in the Big 12 Conference. Kravic’s senior season was highlighted by an 18 point, 12 rebound performance against NCAA tournament team Oklahoma State in his final game of the season.

An excellent student during his time at Texas Tech University, Kravic was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team twice, as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court in 2013.

Kravic, was born in Mostar, Bosnia, and also holds a Serbian passport. At the tender age of four, during the dissolution of Yugoslavia, his family moved to London, Ontario where he later attended Westminster Secondary School before starting his collegiate career at York University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Kravic averaged 15.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a sophomore at York, while ranking 1st in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference in blocks and 2nd in rebounding. Nationally, he was ranked 2nd in blocks and 5th in rebounding. That season, Kravic earned OUA Conference 2nd Team East Division All-Star honors and was recruited by Texas Tech University, where he transferred for the remainder of his collegiate career.

This summer, Kravic was named to the Serbian National Team’s 29 man Preliminary Roster for the Federation Internationale De Basketball World Cup. He is currently competing for a spot on the National Team along side the world’s top Serbian players.

“I’ve been looking forward to playing pro basketball for as long as I can remember,” said Kravic. “I have been working extremely hard this summer to improve my game and am looking forward to getting to Rethymno and doing everything I can to help the club succeed this season.”

Rethymno Aegean finished last season in 9th place, just outside of the playoffs. A club with rich tradition, Rethymno Aegean will look for Dejan to add some much needed size and athleticism on their front line.

“I believe we made a significant enhancement to our roster with the addition of Dejan,” said Stavros Mykoniatis, Chief Scout and Assistant Coach for Rethymno Aegean Basketball Club. “He is very athletic, runs the floor well and I believe he will be a very important player on our team this season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Dejan throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/dejan-kravic

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Chad Posthumus Selected To The Chicago Bulls Las Vegas Summer League Roster

TORONTO, July 9, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chad Posthumus has been named to the Chicago Bulls Las Vegas Summer League team.

Posthumus, a 6’11” center, played the past two seasons at Morehead State University. In his senior year, he averaged 11.0 rebounds in just 25.7 minutes per game, good for 4th best in the NCAA. He led the country in rebounds per 40 minutes at 17.1 as well as rebounding percentage at 25.2%.  Posthumus also averaged 9.6 points per game and was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Third Team, leading his team to the OVC Tournament Semi Finals.  He was invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this April and was recently invited to pre-draft workouts with the Toronto Raptors as well as the Chicago Bulls.

A Winnipeg, Manitoba native, Posthumus played high school basketball at River East Collegiate. He then started his university career at the University of British Columbia, where he played two seasons in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.  Posthumus then played for one year at Howard College in Texas before transferring to Morehead State for his final two seasons of eligibility.

Read more on the Chicago Bulls’ Summer League roster here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/bulls-announce-2014-nba-summer-league-roster

For more information and individual box scores for Chad throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/chad-posthumus.

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