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Akeem Wright Signs One-Year Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, August 28, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Akeem Wright has signed a one-year contract with the Sundsvall Dragons of the Swedish Basketligan.

Wright, a 6’6” small forward, is coming off a summer season with the Advice First Waikato Pistons in New Zealand. There, he was named an Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand Honourable Mention after averaging 20.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals over 18 games. Earlier in the 2013-2014 season, Wright split time between Club Baloncesto Valladolid in the Spanish Liga Endesa and Sk Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk in the Ukrainian Superleague. He averaged 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game in Spain before moving to Ukraine where he averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, Wright started his collegiate basketball career at Neosho County Community College before transferring to Kansas State University for his final 2 seasons. In Wright’s final season at Kansas State, he averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Since then, he has played 7 seasons professionally in Europe, North America, the Middle East, South America, and New Zealand.

After playing against stiff competition in Spain and Ukraine, Wright is looking forward to returning to Europe and feels poised for a career-season in 2014-2015.

“I gained some valuable experience playing in Spain and Ukraine last season and I feel more prepared than ever,” said Wright. “I am excited to be heading back to Europe and ready for a successful year in Sundsvall.”

The Sundsvall Dragons finished the 2013-2014 regular season in 4th place before bowing out in the Basketligan quarterfinals. The team now has its sight set on a lengthy playoff run this season and feels Akeem is the right player to help them reach their objectives.

“Akeem is a very athletic player that will help us on both sides of the floor,” said Tommie Hansson, Head Coach of the Sundsvall Dragons. “He is a good defender, good rebounder and can really score the ball.”

For more information and individual box scores for Akeem throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/akeem-wright.

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Chris Johnson Signs One-Year Contract In Germany

TORONTO, August 19, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chris Johnson has signed a one-year contract with EN Baskets Schwelm of the German Pro B League.

Johnson, a 6’5’’ swingman, is coming off his first professional season with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League (BBL). He was the team’s 2nd leading scorer averaging 14.3 points, while also adding 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steal per game. Johnson hit the 20-point mark in 4 of his 13 games. His season was highlighted by a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists against Newcastle on March 23, 2014. Johnson also led the Rocks to a BBL Trophy Finals appearance.

A North Preston, Nova Scotia native, Johnson played his high school basketball at Auburn Drive High School in nearby Cole Harbour. After his Grade 11 year, he transferred to Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto. Johnson then went on to play collegiate basketball for two years at Kilgore College in Texas before transferring to St. Bonaventure University in the NCAA. In his junior season at St. Bonaventure, he helped his team to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. That season, Johnson finished with the 5th best free-throw percentage in school history at 87.7%. In his senior year, he finished 20th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with 12.6 points per game, and 15th in three-point percentage at 38.0%.

Johnson believes his time in Glasgow helped him adjust to the European style of basketball, and feels poised for a breakout season in Germany.

“It’s an honour to join EN Baskets Schwelm and I am looking forward to getting to Germany,” said Johnson. “I thank God for this blessing and for keeping me around the amazing people in my family who support me and keep me grounded and working hard.”

EN Baskets Schwelm was one of the German Pro B league’s top teams last year, finishing the regular season in third place in the North Division with a 15-7 record and reaching the league semi finals.  They hope the acquisition of Johnson will push them over the hump and allow them to compete for a championship in 2015.

“Chris Johnson is exactly the type of player who has been missing from our team,” said Thorsten Morzuch, Head Coach of EN Baskets Schwelm. “He is a strong defender and a versatile attacker with good European experience.”

For more information and individual box scores for Chris throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/chris-johnson.

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Brittany Wilson Signs First Professional Contract In Iceland

TORONTO, August 15, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brittany Wilson has signed a one-year contract with KR Reykjavik of the Iceland Dominos League.

Wilson, a 5’7” guard, played last season at the University of Colorado where she averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, helping lead the Buffalos to the Sweet 16 of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. She joined an elite group of players when she scored her 1000th career point on January 12, 2014, and was later named an All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention.

A Long Beach, California native, Wilson played high school basketball at Long Beach Poly High School where the Jackrabbits amassed a 131-9 record over her four years there, winning three California Division I State Championships in the process. In her senior year, she was a member of the All-California First Team. Wilson then started her collegiate career at the University of Colorado where she was an impact player right away, earning a starting role early in her freshman season. In her junior year, she was named to the Pac 12 All-Defensive Team and helped lead the Buffaloes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. Wilson anchored a Colorado defense that set school records in points against, field goals allowed, and opponents’ field goal percentage.

Wilson is confident that she has a great professional career ahead of her and feels poised to have an impactful first season in Reykjavik.

“I’m extremely excited to enter my first year as a pro, getting my feet wet in Iceland,” said Wilson. “Reykjavik can expect a 100% tenacious athlete and defensive player with a huge spark and energetic force.”

In the 2013-2014 season, KR Reykjavik finished in 5th place with an 11-17 record. With the addition of Wilson, they expect to be much improved this coming season.

“We are very happy to have Brittany joining our club,” said Finnur Jons, KR Reykjavik Head Coach. “I believe she can be a real force in Iceland and lead us to many wins.”

For more information and individual box scores for Brittany throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/brittany-wilson.

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Mangisto Arop Signs First Professional Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, August 8, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Mangisto Arop has signed a one-year deal with the Norrkoping Dolphins of the Swedish Basketligan.

Arop, a 6’6” small forward, spent his final two collegiate seasons playing at Indiana State University. In 2014, Arop helped Indiana State to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament finals where he scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against Wichita State. He was named to the All-MVC Tournament Team, and was a regular season All-MVC Honorable Mention. In his senior season, Arop averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. He made 1.4 three-pointers per game at 34.8% and shot 82.9% from the free-throw line.

Arop was born in Abyei, Sudan and lived in Kenya until he was nine years old. He then relocated to Canada where he lived in Regina, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta. Arop also spent time in Hamilton, Ontario where he played at Canada Basketball’s National Elite Development Academy and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School. He then started his collegiate career at Gonzaga University, playing two seasons there before transferring to Indiana State University. Arop has had the chance to represent Canada as a member of the Canadian University National Team in 2013 and the Canadian Junior National Team in 2011.

Arop is enthusiastic to start his professional career and feels ready to make an immediate impact overseas.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Norrkoping Dolphins basketball team,” said Arop. “I’m ready to contribute on both ends of the floor right away and I look forward to all the challenges of being a professional athlete.”

The Norrkoping Dolphins finished the 2013-2014 season as the Basketligan runner-up after a seven-game championship series.  They also competed in the Baltic League notching a record of 9-3 and finishing in the quarterfinals.

For more information and individual box scores for Mangisto throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/mangisto-arop.

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