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Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Signs One-Year Contract To Play In Eurocup

TORONTO, May 14th, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe has signed a one-year contract with TSV 1880 Wasserburg for the 2015-16 season. The club will compete in Eurocup and the German Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).

Raincock-Ekunwe, a 6’2’’ power forward/center, spent the 2014-15 season playing in the DBBL for the TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries. In 25 games, she was 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, while finishing first in rebounds, with 12.6 per game. She also added 2.2 assists, 2.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks per contest. At season’s end, Eurobasket.com named Raincock-Ekunwe All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-German DBBL First Team.Raincock-Ekunwe_Nayo_PV6_8698

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Raincock-Ekunwe played collegiately for Simon Fraser University, where she was named an NCAA Division II All-American in her senior season by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. That year, she finished fourth in the NCAA Division II in rebounding with 12.4 per game, third in double-doubles with 22 and first in field goal percentage at 65.3 percent. She also averaged 16.8 points, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.3 blocks and led her team to a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA II Tournament.

Raincock­-Ekunwe started her professional career in 2013 with Esperance Sportive Pully in the Switzerland LNA, where she won Eurobasket.com Center of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. She was among the league leaders in all major statistical categories that season with averages of 20.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 2.9 steals per game.

Raincock-Ekunwe also has extensive experience representing her country. She played on the Canadian Development Women’s National Team for two years before joining the Senior National Team for the 2013 Four Nations Women’s Basketball Tournament and European Exhibition Tour. She was recently invited to join the Phase One Tryout Roster for the Senior National Team that will compete in the Pan American Games and FIBA Americas this summer.

Raincock-Ekunwe is excited to take on some of Europe’s best teams next season in Euro Cup.

“I am very pleased at the prospect of playing for Germany’s top women’s basketball team in the Eurocup League,” said Raincock-Ekunwe. “A new coach, a new team and a new opportunity to take my game up another level.”

TSV 1880 Wasserburg are coming off a championship season in the DBBL that saw them go 22-0 in the regular season and 7-0 in the playoffs to capture their third consecutive DBBL title.

In Eurocup play, the club finished 3-3 in Group ‘G’ against teams from France, Hungary, and Belgium.

“Nayo used her athleticism to be an exceptional scorer and rebounder this season in the DBBL,” said Gaby Brei, Wasserburg General Manager. “We know that Eurocup is a big step up, but we trust that she will learn a lot, and help us reach our goal of making the next round in the 2015-16 Eurocup.”

For more information and individual box scores for Raincock-Ekunwe throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/nayo-raincock-ekunwe-2.

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Chucky Jeffery Signs WNBA Contract With The Atlanta Dream

TORONTO, April 22, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chucky Jeffery has signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Jeffery, a 5’10’’ guard, was originally CHuckyselected by the Minnesota Lynx with the 24th pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She then moved to the New York Liberty where she played 17 games over the past two seasons.

Jeffery played internationally for the first time in the 2014-15 season, suiting up for Sfantu Gheorghe in the Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games, she averaged 12.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.5 steals. She was a Romanian Liga Nationala All-Star and led Sfantu Gheorghe to the Romanian Cup Championship as well as an appearance in the Liga Nationala Final Series.

Originally from Colorado Springs, Jeffery was the Colorado Springs Gazette Big Schools Player of the Year while at Sierra High School, before going on to play at the University of Colorado. In her senior season there, she averaged 13.7 points, 4.0 assists, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game, leading her team in each category. That year, Jeffery was named to her second consecutive All-Pac 12 Team, was an honorable mention All-American, and led her team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Jeffery finished her college career as the only player in program history to record 1,600 points, 900 rebounds, and 400 assists.

The Atlanta Dream are coming off their sixth straight playoff berth. They tip off their 2015 season on Friday, June 5th against Jeffery’s former club, the New York Liberty, at Madison Square Garden.

Jeffery is motivated and confident heading into her third WNBA training camp.

“I want to thank God first,” said Jeffery. “It is such a blessing to get another chance at my dream. I am hungry and excited to get to work for Atlanta.”

For more information and individual box scores for Chucky throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/janessa-chucky-jeffery.

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Brandon Hassell Signs Contract In Latvia

TORONTO, December 4, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Brandon Hassell has signed on for the rest of the 2014-15 season with BK Saldus of the Latvian Basketball League.

Hassell, a 6’11” center, spent the 2013-14 season playing in Sweden for Eco Orebro where he was named to the All-Swedish Basketligan Third Team. He averaged 13.9 points, while shooting 56.0% from two-point field goal range, and was 9th in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game. Hassell originally signed this summer with Shimane SM in Japan’s BJ League but will now be returning for his second season in Europe after leaving the team in late September.

Growing up in Farmersville, Ohio, Hassell went on to become a two-year letterman at Valley View High School. He then committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions where he played four seasons collegiately. Hassel had a career-best year as a junior, notching a 60.3% field goal percentage as well as career highs in points and rebounds. After graduating in 2008, he was invited to an NBA pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers. In 2012, Hassell was drafted 3rd overall in the National Basketball League of Canada draft by the Summerside Storm and played with them for one season before heading to Sweden.

Hassell, who made major strides in his first season overseas, feels confident and poised for another breakout year.

“I’m ready to move forward and get back to playing,” said Hassell. “I feel blessed and ready to make the best of another great opportunity.”

Hassell played his first game with BK Saldus yesterday, registering 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. He joins a team in need of some help in the frontcourt. BK Saldus is currently 1-9 and ranks last in the league in rebounding, so he will be counted on to contribute in the paint right away.

For more information and individual box scores for Brandon throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/brandon-hassell.

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Robbie Sihota Signs One-Year Contract In Switzerland

TORONTO, October 28, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Robbie Sihota has signed a one-year deal with Fribourg Olympic of the Swiss LNA league.

Sihota, a 6’7’’ power forward, is coming off his third season in Holland’s Eredivisie and second consecutive season with the Matrixx Magixx Wijchen. Last year, Sihota averaged 12.3 points while ranking third in the league in rebounds, with 8.0 per game.  He also made 43 three-pointers, shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, and was named a Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.

A Calgary, Alberta native, Sihota played his collegiate basketball at the University of Calgary. In his senior campaign, he was named to the All-Canada West Second Team, averaging 18.7 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Dinos while shooting 46.6 percent from beyond the arc.

In 2010-11, Sihota played his rookie professional season in the Eredivisie suiting up for the Rotterdam Challengers, where he averaged a league-leading 10.6 rebounds to accompany his 12.2 points per game.  The following year, he returned to Alberta to play for the Edmonton Energy in the International Basketball League before heading back to Holland for two more seasons.

Sihota, who joined his new Fribourg club yesterday, is motivated for the next challenge.

“I’m excited to be joining a great Fribourg organization with so much history in Switzerland,” said Sihota. “I look forward to working as hard as I can to help this team win the championship.”

Fribourg, a perennial contender in the LNA, is currently 3-1 to start the 2014-15 season. They were the runner up in the LNA playoffs last season and hope the addition of Sihota can help push them over the top.

For more information and individual box scores for Robbie throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/robbie-sihota.

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