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Kim Pierre-Louis Re-Signs With Donau Ries In Germany

TORONTO, March 28, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kim Pierre-Louis has signed on for another season with TH Wohnbau Angels Nördlingen Donau-Ries in Germany’s Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).

Pierre-Louis, a 6’0” forward, is coming off of a fantastic first season in Germany. The University of Massachusetts alumnus finished third in the league in both scoring (18.2 PPG) and rebounding (10.0 RPG). She also shot an efficient 55.3% from two-point field goal range and added 1.3 steals per contest.

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Pierre-Louis attended St. Paul Catholic High School in Ottawa, Ontario, where she was recognized as one of Canada’s premier high school basketball players with her selection to play in the All-Canada Classic. Pierre-Louis then began her collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts and became the team’s leading scorer in her junior season.

In her senior season, Pierre-Louis was the Atlantic 10 Conference’s second leading scorer with 18.4 points per game and leader in field goal percentage in conference play at 53.3%. Her 7.4 rebounds per game were also eighth best in the Atlantic 10. That season, Pierre-Louis was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team and earned the award for the Atlantic 10’s Most Improved Player.

Pierre-Louis started her professional career in 2015 with ASC Sepsi SIC Sfântu Gheorghe of Romania’s Liga Națională. There, she helped her team to a first place regular season record, a Romanian Cup title, and a Liga Națională championship, averaging 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in just 14 minutes per game. Pierre-Louis also shot 62.6% from two-point field goal range that season.

“I am very excited to have been a part of this year’s team,” said Pierre-Louis. “We had our ups and downs but it has still been a special season with amazing people. As a team, we feel we have unfinished business and next year we are coming on a mission.”

The TH Wohnbau Angels finished in ninth place this season, narrowly missing the DBBL playoffs. Head coach Patrick Bar believes the team can improve on this finish and is happy to bring Pierre-Louis back as the centerpiece of the team.

“Last season Kim convinced us from the beginning,” said Bar. “She was the anchor of our team, showing consistency throughout the year on offense and defense. I am absolutely thrilled that we can count on her energy and willpower again next season. Kim fits in here as an athlete and even more so as a person.”

For more information and individual box scores for Kim throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/kim-pierre-louis.

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Owen Klassen Signs New Contract In Euro Cup and Adriatic League

owenTORONTO, December 8, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Owen Klassen has signed a new contract with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica, participating in Euro Cup and the ABA League (Adriatic League).

Klassen, a 6’10’’ power forward/center, spent the first half of the 2016-2017 season with German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club Phoenix Hagen. There, he was averaging 13.2 points on 64.7 percent shooting from two-point field goal range while pulling down a league-best 7.8 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, Phoenix Hagen pulled out of the BBL for the remainder of the season due to financial problems.

A Kingston, Ontario native, Klassen graduated from Bayridge Secondary School prior to playing his collegiate basketball at Acadia University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Klassen went on to a prolific career at Acadia, where he was named the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also a three-time AUS 1st Team All Star, a two-time CIS 1st Team All-Canadian, and the 2014 AUS Player of the Year. Klassen led Acadia to the 2012 CIS Quarter Finals and the 2013 CIS Semi Finals. In his final collegiate season, Klassen ranked 7th in the country with 20.0 points per game and 2nd with 10.5 rebounds per game.

After graduating from Acadia, Klassen started his professional career with MZT Skopje Aerodrom in the Adriatic League. In just 17.6 minutes per game, Klassen averaged 5.3 points and finished 18th in the league with 5.7 rebounds per game. He also played 8 games in the Macedonian Prva League, averaging 6.6 points on 76.7% shooting from two-point field goal range along with 4.9 rebounds per game. Klassen moved to Phoenix Hagen for the 2015-2016 campaign, where he averaged 9.4 points and ranked 6th in the BBL with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Klassen has also represented Canada on a number of occasions throughout his career. He was a member of the Canadian Senior National Team in 2014, competing in their 11-game European Exhibition Tour. He also suited up for Canada in the 2011 Pan American Games as well as the World University Games in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013, Klassen pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 3 of his team’s 8 games, leading Canada to a 4th place finish.

Buducnost currently sits in 5th place in Group C of the Euro Cup standings, but is 2nd overall in the ABA League with a 10-2 record.

For more information and individual box scores for Owen throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/owen-klassen.

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Doug Herring Jr. Signs New Contract In Uruguay

doug-herring-jrTORONTO, December 2, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Doug Herring Jr. has signed with Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo in the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball (LUB).

Herring Jr., a 6’3’’ point guard, is coming off an all-star season with the Saint John Mill Rats in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). He averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds over 43 appearances, while leading the Mill Rats to the NBLC Semi Finals. Herring Jr. was named to the All-NBLC Second Team.

A Poughkeepsie, New York native, Herring Jr. attended Poughkeepsie High School before playing his collegiate basketball at Utica College. There he was a four-year starter and became one of the top players in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference in junior and senior seasons. In 2008, he received national attention as a finalist for the Bob Cousey Award, which is given to the top point guard across all NCAA divisions. That season he averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. In 2009, Herring Jr. was selected as an All-Empire 8 Athletics Conference First Team member.

Upon graduation, Herring Jr. played three seasons in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League before joining the Mill Rats in Saint John. He was an NBLC All-Star that season as well, averaging 17.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per contest. He then moved to the United Kingdom for a season with the Bristol Academy Flyers in 2014-2015 before returning to Saint John the following year.

Defensor Sporting Club currently sits in 4th place in the LUB with a 7-5 record. Herring has already arrived in Uruguay and is eager to start contributing with his new club.

“I am very thankful and appreciative of Defensor Sporting for the opportunity to join the club,” said Herring. “I’m very excited to suit up and compete with my new teammates.”

For more information and individual box scores for Doug throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/doug-herring-jr.

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Kalisha Keane Signs With The Melbourne Boomers In Australia

Kalisha KeaneTORONTO, November 30, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kalisha Keane has signed with the Melbourne Boomers in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

Keane, a 6’1’’ forward, is coming off an all-star season in Turkey with TED Ankara Kolejliler. There she averaged 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.4 steals per contest. Keane was named to the 2016 Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Team as an Honorable Mention.

An Ajax, Ontario native, Keane graduated from Westdale High School before heading to Michigan State for her collegiate career. She was a major contributor right away for the Spartans, averaging 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman, while earning Big 10 Conference All-Freshmen Team and All-Big Ten Conference Honorable Mention awards in the process. Keane went on to help Michigan State to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a Sweet 16 birth in 2009. She had her best individual season as a senior in 2010-2011, averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Keane was the Big 10 Player of the Year and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention that season.

Keane started her professional career in 2011 with Euroleague and Croation club, Gospic Croatia Osiguranje. She averaged 8.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in Euroleague competition that season. Since then, she played two full seasons in Israel before moving to Turkey.

Keane is ready for the new challenge in Australia and hopes to step in and be an impact player down the stretch for the Boomers.

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to come and work hard for the Melbourne Boomers and to be a part of the WNBL,” said Keane. “I have heard nothing but amazing things about the city of Melbourne, The WNBL and the country of Australia. I look forward to getting the opportunity to learn, see new things, and experience the culture. Basketball is such an amazing sport and can allow you to travel to some awesome places. Australia has always been on my bucket list.”

Melbourne currently sits seventh in the WNBL with a 3-7 record.

“I am really pleased we have been able to find a player of Kalisha Keane’s ability so quickly,” said Melbourne Head Coach Guy Molloy. “Kalisha is an intelligent, versatile and high-impact player who will help shore up our front line quickly. She’s also renowned as a good teammate, and that quality alone is precious when the team is trying to find its form.” 

For more information and individual box scores for Kalisha throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/kalisha-keane.

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