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Nick Okorie Signs One-Year Deal in Austria

TORONTO, September 25, 2015 – Slan Sports Managemeimgresnt is pleased to announce that Nick Okorie has signed a one-year contract with WBC Raiffeisen Wels in the Austria A Bundesliga.

Okorie, a 6’1’’ guard, started the 2014-2015 season in Denmark before moving to the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). While with the Aalborg Vikings in Denmark, Okorie averaged 23.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over 12 games. He then joined the Island Storm where he averaged 16.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over the remaining 28 games of the NBLC season. Okorie, who has been an efficient three-point shooter throughout his career, shot 38.5% from beyond the arc on the season. He helped lead the Island Storm all the way to the NBLC Semi Finals, where they lost in five games to the Halifax Rainmen. Okorie was named to the 2014-2015 All-NBLC Third Team.

A Houston, Texas native, Okorie graduated from Texas Tech University in 2010, where he averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in his senior season, helping lead the Raiders to the Elite 8 of the National Invitational Tournament. He then played professionally in Finland and Germany before moving to the NBLC in 2012. In his first season in Canada, Okorie averaged 19.0 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Oshawa Power. He was selected to participate in the 2013 NBLC All Star Game and was an All-NBLC Honourable Mention.

In the 2013-2014 season, Okorie split time between the Mississauga Power and the Island Storm. He finished the season with the Island Storm, leading his team to the NBLC Finals where they lost in seven games to the Windsor Express. Okorie was named to the NBLC All-Playoff First Team after averaging 22.6 points and 4.9 assists throughout the playoffs. In 35 total games with the Island Storm, Okorie averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He also made 130 three-pointers on the season, which was 5th most in the NBLC that year.

Okorie joins a Wels team that finished in 6th place in the A Bundesliga standings last season with a 19-17 record, before falling to Kapfenberg in the first round of the playoffs.

“I am really excited for this opportunity to play with the Wels organization,” said Okorie. “I expect great things on the court and I am anxious to get to get to work.”

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Akeem Wright Signs One-Year Deal in Finland

TORONTO, September 14, 2015 – Slan Sports Management isakeem-big-dunk-court-anki-haglund pleased to announce that Akeem Wright has signed a one-year contract with Pyrinto Tampere in the Finnish Korisliiga.

Wright, a 6’7” small forward, is coming off a season with the Sundsvall Dragons in the Swedish Basketligan, where he helped lead his team to a 5th place regular season finish and a Semi Finals appearance in the Basketligan playoffs. Wright finished the season 10th in the league in scoring averaging 16.6 points per game, 6th in rebounds with 9.1 per game, and 6th in steals with 1.8 per game. He also added 2.1 assists in 30.4 minutes per game, while shooting 49.2% from two-point range and 32.4% from three-point range. Wright was named to the All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, Wright started his collegiate basketball career at Neosho County Community College before transferring to Kansas State University for his final two seasons. In Wright’s final season at Kansas State, he averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Since then, he has played 8 seasons professionally in Europe, North America, the Middle East, South America, and New Zealand.

In 2011-2012, Wright was a National Basketball League of Canada All-Star while playing for the Moncton Miracles and the Oshawa Power. In the summer of 2012, he played for the Otago OceanaGold Nuggets in New Zealand’s National Basketball League, where he was 2nd in the league in scoring with 22.4 points per game. Wright then moved to Israel in 2012, where he averaged 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals in 37.3 minutes per game for Maccabi Kiryat Gat. In the summer of 2013, Wright re-joined Otago in New Zealand, again finishing amongst the league leaders once again, with 20.9 points.

In the 2013-2014 season, Wright split time between Club Baloncesto Valladolid in the Spanish Liga Endesa and SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk in the Ukrainian Superleague. He averaged 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game in Spain before moving to Ukraine, where he averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals.

In the summer of 2014, Wright played with the Waikato Pistons in New Zealand. There, he was named an All-New Zealand Honorable Mention after averaging 20.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals over 18 games.

“I’m excited to take the next step in my career playing with Pyrinto in Finland,” said Wright. “My goal is to play in the top leagues in the world and this is another step in the right direction.”

Akeem is joining a Pyrinto Tampere team that finished in 6th place in the Korisliiga last season, reaching the Quarter Finals in the playoffs.

“I’m really happy signing Akeem,” said Ilkka Palviainen, Pyrinto Head Coach. “Being such a versatile player, he is going to make us better on both ends of floor.”

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Jordan Baker Signs One-Year Contract in Portugal

TORONTO, September 10, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is jordan-baker-teampleased to announce that Jordan Baker has signed a one-year contract with Galitos Barreiro of Portugal’s Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB).

Baker, A 6’7’’ forward, is coming off of his rookie professional season playing in the German Pro B league for the Weissenhorn Youngstars, an affiliate of the German BBL and Euro Challenge club, Ratiopharm Ulm. Baker averaged 15.1 points per game with the Youngstars, helping them to a second place regular season finish in the Pro B South Division and a Quarter Finals appearance in the Pro B playoffs. He also added 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 29.3 minutes per game. Baker shot 57.7% and 29.6% from two-point and three-point range, respectively.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Baker graduated from Harry Ainlay High School before heading to the University of Alberta where he kicked off his collegiate career by winning the 2010 Canada West Conference Rookie of the Year award. He played five seasons for the Golden Bears, graduating as the Conference’s all-time leading scorer, earning three Canada West First Team selections, and winning two Canada West Conference Championships. Baker led Alberta to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Silver Medal in 2012, and a Bronze Medal in 2014. That year, Baker was a First Team All-Canadian for the second time in his career, Canada West Conference Player of the Year, and was selected to the CIS All-Tournament Team at the Final 8. On the season, he averaged 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game, ranking 15th, 7th, and 7th in the country, respectively.

Baker was selected to represent his country on the Canadian Senior National Team for their European Exhibition Tour in 2014. Most recently, he was a member of the Development National Team at the 2015 University Games in South Korea.

Baker joins Canadian Development National Team teammate Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson on Galitos, who narrowly missed the LPB playoffs last season.

“I spent a lot of time adjusting to the different style of play last season in Germany,” said Baker. “I’m excited to put that experience to good use from day one in Portugal.”

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Robbie Sihota Signs One-Year Contract in Hungary

TORONTO, September 8, 2015 – Slan Sports Management isrobbie sihota pleased to announce that Robbie Sihota has signed a one-year contract with MAFC Budapest of the Hungarian A Division.

Sihota, a 6’7’’ power forward, spent the 2014-2015 season playing for Fribourg Olympic in the Swiss Ligue Nationale A (LNA). He helped lead Fribourg to a 4th place regular season finish and a Semi Finals appearance in the LNA playoffs. Sihota ranked 8th best in the LNA with 8.5 rebounds per game, adding 12.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals, while shooting 37.6% from three-point range in 33.1 minutes per contest. In each of his professional seasons in Europe, Sihota has ranked in the top eight in his league in rebounding.

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 three.

In 2010-2011, Sihota played his rookie professional season in the Dutch 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.

In 2012-2013, Sihota played his first of two consecutive seasons with Matrixx Magixx Wijchen. That year he finished 6th in rebounding in the Eredivisie with 8.3 per game, while adding 11.6 points in 26.8 minutes per contest. In 2013-14, Sihota averaged 12.3 points while ranking third in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game. He also made 43 three-pointers, shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, and was named a All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.

“I am excited to be joining a great organization in Budapest,” said Sihota. “I am looking forward to a new challenge in Hungary and a successful season.”

Sihota joins a MAFC Budapest team that is looking to improve on a 6-24 record in last year’s regular season.

“Robbie is the type of forward I love to have on my team,” said Stefan Timbus, MAFC Budapest Head Coach. “He is a hard worker on the defensive end, a good rebounder, and a solid scorer inside and out.”

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