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Kruize Pinkins Signs First Professional Contract in Germany

TORONTO, July 28, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kruize Pinkins has signed a one-year contract with Hebeisen White Wings Hanau in the German Pro A League.kruize pinkins

Pinkins, a 6’7” power forward, is coming off of his senior season at the University of San Francisco (USF). Last fall, he was named to the All-West Coast Conference (WCC) Preseason Team before going on to average 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds throughout the 2014-2015 season. He finished the year as the conference’s 11th leading scorer and 13th leading rebounder. He also shot with efficiency, converting 51.6% from two-point range and 39.0% from beyond the three-point line. On a per-40-minutes basis, Pinkins averaged 20.7 points, and 8.0 rebounds, while knocking down 1.5 threes.

Originally from Marianna, Florida, Pinkins graduated from Marianna High School before playing two seasons at Chipola College. In his sophomore season at Chipola, he earned First Team All-Panhandle League honors after averaging 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 57.8 percent overall from the field. Pinkins helped the Indians to a 26-5 overall record and a ranking of 13th in the final National Junior College Athletic Association Top-25 Poll.

In his first season at USF, Pinkins earned himself an All-WCC Honorable Mention after averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds as a junior. He also averaged a conference best 3.2 offensive rebounds per game that season. Over his two-year collegiate career at the University of San Francisco, Pinkins averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 65 games.

“I am very blessed that I am able to continue playing the game that I love on a professional level,” said Pinkins. “I just want to thank my family, and also my teammates and coaches, for helping me achieve this opportunity. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them pushing me each and every day. I am very excited to get to Hanau and get started. Go White Wings!”

Pinkins joins a Hebeisen White Wings Hanau team that has recently been promoted to the Pro A League after spending the last four seasons in Pro B.

“We are very happy to have Kruize Pinkins join our team and family in Hanau,” said Simon Cote, Hanau Head Coach. “Kruize is a very talented player and, just as important, he is a high character person. We look for players who are highly competitive, have a hunger to improve, and are great teammates. We believe Kruize has these qualities and that Hanau will be a great place to start his European career.”

For more information and individual box scores for Kruize throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/kruize-pinkins.

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Nick Lewis Signs One-Year Contract With The London Lions

nick lewis sheffieldTORONTO, July 27, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Nick Lewis has signed a one-year contract with the London Lions in the British Basketball League (BBL).

Lewis, a 22-year-old, 6’3” guard, is coming off a breakout season in the BBL, where he was named the hoopfix.com BBL Young Player of the Year as a member of the Sheffield Sharks. He averaged 12.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in just 23.2 minutes per game. Lewis, who has both Canadian and British passports, was named to the Eurobasket.com BBL All-Domestic Players Team and was third in the voting for the Basketball Journalists Association Pete Jacques Award, which is given to the best British player in the BBL. Lewis proved to be a reliable spark off the bench for a Sharks team that made it to the BBL Semi Finals before falling to the eventual champion, Newcastle Eagles.

A Scarborough, Ontario native, Lewis moved to New York to play basketball at Our Saviour New America High School, before heading to England to start his professional career. In addition to playing professional basketball, he spent three years at Sheffield Hallam University earning a degree in Sport Coaching and Exercise.

Lewis was also a member of the British U20 National Team in 2013 that won a silver medal in the Division B European Championships in Pitesti, Romania. In Pitesti, he averaged 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals over eight contests.

Lewis was also a BBL Cup Semi-Finalist in all of the three seasons with the Sheffield Sharks. In 2014, the Sharks were also the regular season runner-up, while Lewis was selected to represent his team in the BBL All-Star game.

“I am very excited to come back to the BBL and be a part of the London Lions,” said Lewis. “I’m looking forward to a great season and I know the fans will be awesome. I also want to thank the Sheffield organization for giving me three seasons that I will never forget. A special thank you to all the fans and my friends in Sheffield.”

Lewis will be joining a Lions team that made it all the way to the BBL Finals in 2015, eventually falling to the Newcastle Eagles.

“Nick has learnt his basketball the right way,” said Nigel Lloyd, London Lions’ Head Coach. “He is a heady player who can hit the floor running, but you see so much potential in him to really continue at a very high level. Nick’s explosiveness is a hint at how we intend to play this season – pushing the ball up and playing at a fast pace. I think the fans will enjoy it.”

For more information and individual box scores for Nick throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/nick-lewis.

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Erin Chambers Signs First Professional Contract in Portugal

TORONTO, July 24, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Erin Chambers has signed a one-year contract with Lousada Académico Clube in the Portuguese Liga Feminina.

Chambers, a 6’1’’ guard/forward, is coming off a prolific career at Simon Fraser University in NCAA Division 2. This past season, Chambers led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and finished 3rd in all of NCAA Division 2 with 23.5 points per game. She also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 87.6% from the free throw line on the way to being named GNAC Player of the Year. Chambers was selected as an NCAA Division 2 All-American Honorable Mention for the second straight year by both the Daktronics Commissioners Association and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Originally from Mission, British Columbia, Chambers made the Heritage Park Secondary School senior team as an eighth grader. She played five years there before starting her collegiate career at Simon Fraser. As a sophomore in 2012-2013, Chambers was the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to averaging 13.5 points per game and earning an All-GNAC Second Team selection. She also had a chance to represent Canada the following summer as a member of the 2013 Canadian University National Team.

Chambers then took her offensive game to a new level as a junior, leading the GNAC and finishing 6th in NCAA Division 2 with 23.1 points per game. That season, she earned her first Daktronics Commissioners Association All-American Honorable Mention and set a GNAC record with 692 total points. Chambers graduates as the conference’s all-time leader in career points with 1946 and career made free throws with 472. She was also recently named the co-winner of Basketball British Columbia’s 2015 Most Outstanding B.C. University Female Athlete award.

Chambers joins a Lousada club that finished 9th place in the Liga Feminina standings last season with a 6-16 record.

“I would like to thank the Lousada Académico Clube for making my dream of playing basketball professionally come true,” said Chambers. “I am excited for the year ahead as I will be able to bring my versatility and competitive nature to the team.”

For more information and individual box scores for Erin throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/erin-chambers.

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Chris McLaughlin Signs One-Year Contract to Play in Austria

TORONTO, July 13, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chris McLaughlin has signed his first professional contract with Basket Swans Gmunden in the Austria A Bundesliga.

imgresMcLaughlin, a 6’10” power forward/center, is coming off of his 5th collegiate season in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), where he led the University of Victoria Vikes to a Canada West University Athletic Association (CanWest) Championship and a 4th place finish at the CIS Final 8 Tournament. McLaughlin was named the CanWest Outstanding Player of the Year after finishing the season 2nd in the conference in scoring with 19.8 points per game and 3rd in rebounding with 10.0 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.0 blocks, while shooting 61.9% from two-point field goal range and 79.2% from the free throw line. Nationally, McLaughlin ranked 9th in points per game, 5th in rebounds, and 7th in field goal percentage. He was selected to the CIS All-Canadian First Team, and recognized as the Basketball British Columbia University Male Athlete of the Year.

An Oakville, Ontario native, McLaughlin played for Abbey Park High School before starting his collegiate career at the University of Victoria. In 2013, he steered the Vikes to the CanWest Finals and the CIS Final 8 Tournament Quarter-Finals. In 2014, the Vikes again lost in the CanWest Finals, but took a step forward in the CIS Tournament making a Semi-Finals appearance. In 2014, McLaughlin averaged 14.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, which solidified his selection to the All-CanWest Second Team. Following the CIS Tournament in 2014, McLaughlin was honoured as the recipient of the CIS All-Canadian All-Tournament Fair Play Award.

McLaughlin also recently had the opportunity to represent his country as a member of the Canadian Development National Team that competed at the World University Games in Korea. Through eight games, he averaged 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 60.0% from two-point field goal range and 79.2% from the free throw line.

Heading into his first season as a professional, McLaughlin is confident that his abilities will translate to the next level.

“I am very excited to take the next step in my basketball career and pursue a professional career in Austria,” said McLaughlin. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far without the support from friends, family, coaches and my previous teammates who have pushed me over the last five years.”

Basket Swans Gmunden finished the 2014-2015 regular season in 4th place with a 22-15 record, before falling to Zepter Vienna in the Semi-Finals of the A Bundesliga Playoffs.

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

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