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Jahmal Jones Signs One-Year Contract In Estonia & FIBA Europe Cup

TORONTO, July 28, 2016 – Slan Sportsjones.jh Management is pleased to announce that Jahmal Jones has signed a one-year contract with Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev, who will play in FIBA Europe Cup, The Baltic League, and the Estonian Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML).

Jones, a 6’0” point guard, is coming off of his first professional season with Turi Svitavy in the Czech Republic, where he ranked 3rd in the league in both assists and steals, while leading his club to the playoffs. He finished the season averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. Jones finished the season as a two-time Euroasket.com All-Czech Republic NBL Player of the Week and was named a Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic NBL Honourable Mention.

A Mississauga, Ontario native, Jones played for Mississauga Secondary School prior to starting his collegiate career at Ryerson University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). In his first season with the Rams, Jones was selected as a First-Team Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference East Division All-Star and was named to both the OUA East and CIS All-Rookie teams. That season, he led all CIS rookies in scoring with 17.2 points per game and ranked 5th in the CIS with 56 total steals. Jones was one of the OUA Conference leaders in scoring and assists for the remainder of his collegiate career. In his final year at Ryerson, Jones ranked 5th in the country with 5.3 assists per game, was selected to the CIS All-Canadian Second Team, and led the Rams to a third place finish at the CIS Final 8 Tournament. After five productive seasons, Jones finished his collegiate career as Ryerson’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,773 total points and is the university’s all-time leader in both assists (452) and steals (194).

Jones had the opportunity to represent Canada on the Development Men’s National Team at the World University Games in both 2011 and 2015. In 2015, he helped lead the team to the quarterfinals, where they lost to the eventual silver medal-winning German team.

Jones is looking forward to continue building his career in Europe and playing internationally this season.

“I am thankful to have another opportunity to play overseas,” said Jones. “I am excited to be able to compete for Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev in Estonia but also internationally in FIBA Cup and the Baltic League.”

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev finished the 2015-2016 Estonian season with a record of 19-13, while finishing 6-6 in Baltic League play.

For more information and individual box scores for Jahmal throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jahmal-jones

Photo courtesy of http://www.basketbal.svitavy.cz.

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Dejan Kravic Signs One-Plus-One Contract To Return To Greece

TORONTO, July 26, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to dejan-holandannounce that Dejan Kravic has signed a new contract with A.G.O. Rethymno Aegean in the Greek A1 League. Kravic returns to the team that he started his professional career with in 2014-2015. The contract is a one-year guaranteed contract with a team option for a second season.

Kravic, a 6’11’’ power forward/center, is coming off a standout season with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch in FIBA Europe Cup and the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). Through five games in FIBA Europe Cup, Kravic averaged 18.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game. He kicked off his season with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocks in a win over Zlatorog, earning Eurobasket.com FIBA Europe Cup Player of the Week for Round 1.

In the Netherlands, Kravic was the league’s 7th leading scorer, averaging 13.9 points over 34 games. He also finished 4th in rebounding with 8.7 per game, and 1st in shot blocking with 1.8 per game. Kravic led Den Bosch to a Dutch Cup title as well as the semifinals of the DBL Playoffs. He was voted into the All Star Game at the midseason break, and was named a Eurobasket.com All-DBL Second Team All Star at the conclusion of the season.

Kravic was born in Mostar, Bosnia, and also holds a Serbian passport. At the age of four, 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 in his second year at York. That season, he was named to the Ontario University Athletics Conference East Division Second Team and was recruited by Texas Tech University, where he transferred to for the remainder of his collegiate career.

In his first season in the NCAA, Kravic posted 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and was the 8th best shot blocker in the Big 12 Conference with 1.3 per game. In his final collegiate season in 2013-2014, he was 6th in the Big 12 in blocks, again averaging 1.3 per game, while adding 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

In 2014-2015, Kravic started his professional career with A.G.O. Rethymno Aegean. In a reserve role, he helped the club to a 6th place finish in the regular season and the quarterfinals of the A1 playoffs. Kravic averaged 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 16.2 minutes per game that season.

Kravic also has experience competing for Serbia internationally. In 2014, he was named to the Serbian Senior National Team’s 29-man Preliminary Roster for the Federation Internationale De Basketball World Cup. That same year, he attended the Serbian National Team Training Camp.

Kravic is excited to return to Rethymno and is confident he can take on a bigger role the second time around with the club.

“I am happy to be returning to one of the stronger leagues in Europe and to a team I am familiar with,” said Kravic. “I am confident I can be a key part of a successful season for our club.”

Rethymno finished the 2015-2016 season in 8th place in the A1 league with an 11-16 record before losing in the quarterfinals of the playoffs to Euroleague club and eventual league champions, Olympiacos. They hope to take a step forward and compete with the upper echelon of the league this season.

“I am very excited to work with a player like Dejan this year,” said Rethymno Head Coach, Antonis Constantinides. “He has great talent and still has the potential to get better. I am sure that he has the ability to be an elite center on both ends of the court for our club this season.”

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

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Jordan Baker Signs One-Year Contract In Japan

TORONTO, July 25, 2016 – Slan Sports ManagementJordan is pleased to announce that Jordan Baker has signed a one-year contract with the Iwate Big Bulls in the B2 Division of the newly formed Japanese B.League.

Baker, a 6’7” forward, recently completed his second professional season playing for Portuguese club, Galitos Tley, where he was named a Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honorable Mention. He ranked 7th in the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB) in scoring with 15.7 points per game and 3rd in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game. He would add 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 52.5% from two-point field goal range. Baker also earned MVP honours at the LPB All-Star Game.

An Edmonton, Alberta native, Baker attended Harry Ainlay High School. While in high school, Baker competed for Team Alberta in the Canadian Boys’ National Championship on multiple occasions, earning a gold medal with the 2007 U17 team, and silver medals and First Team All-Star honours with the 2006 U15 and 2008 U17 teams.

Baker began his collegiate career in 2009 with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. In his first season, Baker was named Canada West Conference Rookie of the Year. In both 2012 and 2014, he earned First Team All-Canadian honours and in his fifth and final season with the Golden Bears, Baker was named Canada West Player of the Year. That season, he ranked 15th in scoring, 7th in rebounding, and 7th in steals in the country with 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. Baker also helped the University of Alberta achieve success at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Final 8 Tournament, with a 2nd place finish in 2012 and a 3rd place finish in 2014.

At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Baker held 10 career men’s basketball records at the University of Alberta. He finished as the Golden Bears’ all-time career leader in scoring, with 1,698 points; rebounding, with 907 boards; assists, with 333; and steals with 200. Baker is also the University of Alberta’s all-time career leader in field goals made, field goals attempted, and minutes played.

In 2014-15, his rookie season, Baker headed to Germany where he competed with the Weissenhorn Youngstars in the German Pro B League. He averaged 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game that season. He also shot a team-best 58.4% from two-point field goal range.

Baker has also competed for Team Canada internationally on many levels. In 2009, he joined Canada at the U19 World Championships, averaging 7.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game. In 2011, he was a member of the Canadian Pan American Games Team, where he averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. That year, he also competed for the Development National Team at the World University Games. In 2014, Baker was named to the Senior Men’s National Team for their 11-exhibition-game tour in Europe. In 2015, he again competed in the World University Games where he averaged 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

“I am very excited to be joining Iwate,” said Baker. “Japan represents a new challenge and a great opportunity to showcase my game. I am proud to represent Canada, the CIS, and the University of Alberta in my third professional season.”

Iwate placed 5th in the Basketball Japan (BJ) League’s Eastern Conference last season, posting a 30-22 record. They were then eliminated by the Toyama Grouses in the quarterfinals of the BJ League playoffs. For 2016-2017, Iwate has joined the newly-formed B.League’s B2 Division as the result of a merger of the BJ League and Japan’s National Basketball League.

For more information and individual box scores for Jordan throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jordan-baker.

Photo courtesy of MJ Castela, www.A4K.pt.

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Matt Tiby Signs First Professional Contract In Hungary

TORONTO, July 22, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Matt Tiby has signed his first professional contract with Atomeromu SE Paks in the Hungarian A Division.

Tiby, a 6’8” power forward, is coming off of his final collegiate season at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was named to the All-Horizon League First-Team. In 2015-2016, Tiby averaged career-highs of 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds, 7th and 4th in the Horizon League, respectively. Over the course of the season, he pulled down nine double-double’s, the most for a Panther in ten years. Tiby’s season total of 272 rebounds set a new school record, breaking the previous mark he set in his junior year with 234. He would go on to be elected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 12 Team, and placed on the mid-season watch list for the Lou Henson Award given annually to the nation’s top mid-major player, accomplishing this feat for the second consecutive year. He also earned the NCAA Division 1 Performance of the Year by Hero Sports on December 17th, 2015 for his showing against the University of South Dakota, where he set career highs with 31 points and 17 rebounds.

An Urbandale, Iowa native, Tiby attended Urbandale High School prior to starting his collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). As the only freshman starter for the Eagles, Tiby averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while claiming an honourable mention for all-region recognition. In his sophomore season, Tiby committed to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he went on to finish 6th in the Horizon League in rebounds, averaging 6.4 per game, and 16th in scoring with 12.1 points per contest. In the same year, Tiby registered six double-doubles, good for 3rd in the Horizon League and tallied 10 or more points in twelve consecutive games en route to being crowned the Horizon League Champion and earning a selection to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. In his junior year, Tiby ranked 13th in the Horizon League in scoring with 13.3 points per game and 3rd in rebounds with 7.8 per game. That season he was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team.

Tiby caps off his collegiate career with the highest career rebounding average in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee history pulling down 7.5 rebounds per game, while ranking 2nd in total rebounds with 734. He also finishes his career 11th in Horizon League history with 1,332 career points.

“I am excited to start my new journey in Hungary and take the next step of my growth process as a player on and off the court,” said Tiby. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and friends, that kept me motivated throughout the process. Without them, this never would have been possible.”

Atomeromu SE Paks finished the 2015-2016 campaign with a record of 20-6, before losing in the semi-finals to TLI-Alba Fehervar. They look forward to inserting Tiby’s physicality into their offensive outlook.

“We are happy that Matt is joining us,” said Gediminas Petrauskas, Paks Head Coach. “He will help us under the basket and on the perimeter. He can play both the 4 and 5 positions, and we got good feedback from his coach in the US that he is a hard working player.”

For more information and individual box scores for Matt throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/matt-tiby.

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