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Austin Arians Signs First Professional Contract In Fiba Europe Cup & Ukraine

TORONTO, August 16, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Austin Arians has signed his first professional contract with BC Khimik Yuzhny of Ukraine’s Superleague. Khimik will also play for a chance to qualify for the 2017-2018 FIBA Europe Cup season.

Arians, a 6’6” forward, is coming off of his senior season at Wake Forest University in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) of the NCAA. Starting 33 games at Wake Forest, Arians averaged 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists per game, and led the team with 61 three-point field goals made. He also shot 42.7% from three-point range, ranking 16th in the ACC, and 89.2% from the free-throw line.

A Stoughton, Wisconsin native, Arians attended Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart in Madison, Wisconsin. During high school, Arians was a two-time First Team All-Southern Badger and a Wisconsin State Journal All-Area honoree. In his senior year of high school, he earned Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 All-State and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-Divisions All-State honors.

Arians began his collegiate career in 2012 at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) in the Horizon League of the NCAA. As a freshman, he averaged 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, playing in 32 games. He became a starter on the team as a sophomore and increased his output, averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. That year, Arians’ contributions helped UWM win the Horizon League Tournament, beating third-seeded Wright State University in the championship game. Arians was forced to rest during the 2014-2015 season due to injuries, but returned to UWM’s basketball squad the next season as a redshirt junior. That season, Arians averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and ranked sixth in the Horizon League with 79 three-point field goals made. He was also named MVP of the Cable Car Classic hosted by Santa Clara University, averaging 15.3 points per game while leading UWM to the title. Arians graduated from UWM following his junior year, and transferred to Wake Forest University as a graduate student and redshirt senior.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play with Khimik,” said Arians. “I’m very excited to see what we are able to accomplish in the upcoming season.”

Khimik finished the 2016-2017 Superleague regular season ranked second overall with a 22-5 record. They advanced to the finals of the Superleague playoffs, but were defeated by Budivelnyk Kyiv in four games. Khimik will begin FIBA Europe Cup play in the second round of the qualifiers, October 4, 2017, and will face the winner of the s.Oliver Würzburg (Germany) and Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey) matchup in round one.

“We are happy to get a player of Austin’s quality into the Khimik organization,” said Khimik Manager, Alexander Mayorov. “We expect him to be a key contributor to our club this season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Austin throughout the season, visit


Jordan Clarke Signs New Contract In Norway

TORONTO, September 15, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jordan Clarke has signed a one-year contract with Gimle BBK Bergen in the Norwegian BLNO.

Clarke, a 6’2’’ guard, played the last two seasons for the Glasgow Rocks in the United Kingdom (BBL). Unfortunately, his 2016-2017 campaign was cut short because of injury after just four games. During his 2015-2016 season in Glasgow, Clarke averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. He shot efficiently from both two-point and three-point field goal range, making 48.1% and 37.9% respectively.

Clarke, an Oakville, Ontario native, holds both Canadian and British passports. He made the jump to the BBL after spending four collegiate seasons with St. Francis Xavier University of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) division in U Sports, formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Clarke helped lead the X-Men to a third place finish at the 2012 CIS Final 8 Championships with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the Bronze Medal Game. In his final season with the X-Men, he averaged 11.9 points and 2.9 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.

“I can’t wait to be playing basketball this upcoming season,” said Clarke. “The road to recovery is finally over and I am excited to be playing with Gimle Basketball Club.”

Gimle BBK finished last season in third place with a 17-10 record, before making it all the way to the finals of the BLNO playoffs.


Lorenzo Cugini Signs New Contract In Norway

TORONTO, September 11, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Lorenzo Cugini has signed a one-year contract with Gimle BBK Bergen in the Norwegian BLNO.

Cugini, a 6’7’’ forward, is coming off of his first professional season with Omnia Basket Pavia in Italy’s Serie C Gold. He averaged an efficient 19.9 points per game, shooting 55.5% from two-point range, 43.4% from three, and 92.3% from the free throw line. Cugini also added averaged 7.8 rebounds per contest.
A Stow, Ohio native, Cugini attended powerhouse preparatory program, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where he helped the team to two Ohio State Championships. He then started his collegiate career at High Point University, and by his junior year was one of the team’s main scoring options. That season, he averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 59.8% from two-point range, 45.1% from three, and 88.1% from the free throw line. In his senior season, Cugini led the Big South Conference in three-point percentage at 43.3%, and free throw percentage at 85.7%. He finished the year averaging a career-best 10.8 points, along with 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Cugini helped lead High Point to their second consecutive Big South regular season title and a semi final berth in the Big South Tournament.

He finished his career as the program’s fourth all-time leader in three-pointers made with 173, and fifth most efficient three-point shooter with a career mark of 41.2%.

“I am very thankful and blessed for the opportunity Gimle BBK has given me,” said Cugini. “I look forward to the upcoming season.”

Gimle BBK finished last season in third place with a 17-10 record, before making it all the way to the finals of the BLNO playoffs.

“We at Gimle Basket are absolutely thrilled to have Lorenzo on our team for this season,” said Frederik Gnatt, Gimle General Manager. “Lorenzo was the number one priority for our head coach. Last season we lost the final, with Lorenzo on board we hope to do one better this season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Lorenzo throughout the season, visit


Rashida Timbilla Signs New Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, September 5, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Rashida Timbilla has signed a new contract with Visby Ladies in the Swedish Damligan.

Timbilla, a 6’1” forward is coming off of her rookie professional season with Quinta Dos Lombos in the Portuguese Liga Feminina. She averaged 11.0 points per game on 50.0% shooting from two-point range, while ranking sixth in the league in rebounding with 8.9 per game. Timbilla also averaged 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and led Quinta Dos Lombos to the Portuguese Federation Cup.

An Ottawa, Ontario native, Timbilla attended John McCrae Secondary School before heading to the University of Massachusetts. In her freshman year there, she ranked first on her team with 8.3 rebounds and second with 8.6 points per game. In her junior year, Timbilla ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in rebounding with 9.4 per game, second in steals with 2.2 per game, and seventh in assists with 4.0 per game. In her senior season, she averaged 8.0 points per game and once again ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding, with 9.6 per game. Timbilla capped off her collegiate career second in total rebounds in University of Massachusetts history (1020), sixth in assists (331), third in steals (198), and eighth in blocks (87).

Timbilla was also invited to the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team training camp in Edmonton this past summer. She is excited and confident heading into her second professional season.

“I am super excited and thankful to be joining Visby this season,” said Timbilla. “I have heard great things about Sweden and I am looking forward to helping our team compete for a championship.”

Visby finished in eighth place last season with a 10-17 record before losing in the quarter finals of the Damligan playoffs.

For more information and individual box scores for Rashida throughout the season please visit