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Sami Hill Signs First Professional Contract In Germany

TORONTO, August 30, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Sami Hill has signed her first professional contract with TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries in the German Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).

Hill, a 5’10” guard, starred for Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, before joining the Virginia Tech Hokies for her NCAA career. This past season, she averaged a career-best 10.5 points along with 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Hill helped Virginia Tech to an Elite Eight run in the National Invitational Tournament, which included a 19-point performance in the opening round against Ryder. She was also an outstanding student who was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team.

Hill has also represented Canada on a number of occasions. This summer she cracked the roster for the Senior National Team, and helped Canada to a gold medal at the FIBA AmeriCup in Argentina. Prior to that, Hill competed for Canada as a member of the 2012 U18 National Team, the 2013 U19 National Team, and the 2015 University National Team.

Hill is ready to build on her experience with the Canadian National Team this summer and is thrilled to get an opportunity at the professional level.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for Donau-Ries this coming season,” said Hill. “I have heard great things about the club and I will bring my athleticism and passion for the game, and do anything I can to help the team be successful.”

Donau-Ries finished the 2016-2017 season with an 8-14 record, narrowly missing the DBBL playoffs. With a revamped line-up, they have high expectations for the coming year.

“When we were looking for a player who could possibly replace Kari Korver from UCLA due to her injury we almost could not believe that a player like Sami was still available at such a late stage of recruiting for the season,” said Donau-Reis General Manager, Kurt Wittman. “But she was, and it did not take us longer than 24 hours to come to an agreement with her and her agent, Matt Slan. We are looking forward to having a complete basketball player in our new Angels team, a player who is known for her athleticism and endurance, her defensive skills and her complete set of offensive weapons. We are sure that Sami will develop in our Angels team from one level to the next as so many Canadian players in Nördlingen have done before her.”

For more information and individual box scores for Sami throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/Sami-Hill.

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Kaylee Kilpatrick Signs New Contract In Germany

TORONTO, August 26, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kaylee Kilpatrick has signed a new contract with SG Weiterstadt of the German 2.Bundesliga.

Kilpatrick, a 6’4” center, played last season for Brunell Cork in the Irish Premier League, before joining the East Perth Eagles of the Australian State League for their summer season. During her 13 games with Brunell Cork, Kilpatrick was the league’s fourth leading scorer with 17.1 points per game, while adding 5.9 rebounds, and ranking fifth in the league in blocks with 2.3 per contest. In her 16 games in Australia, Kilpatrick averaged 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks per game.

A Saint John, New Brunswick native, Kilpatrick attended Harbour View High School, where she was the team MVP of both the basketball and volleyball teams in all four of her seasons. She helped Harbour View win the New Brunswick Juvenile Girls Basketball Championship every year from 2009 to 2011.

Kilpatrick then began her NCAA career with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in the American east Conference (AEC) for the 2011-2012 season. In her sophomore year, Kilpatrick finished third in the AEC in blocks with 1.1 per game, and fourth in field goal percentage, shooting 46.0%. In her junior season, Kilpatrick averaged 8.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and was again third best in the conference in shot blocking averaging 1.5 per game. She also helped lead New Hampshire to their second straight AEC tournament semi finals. In her last year at New Hampshire, Kilpatrick finished first in the AEC in blocks, averaging 1.6 blocks per game, was 23rd in scoring with 9.3 points per game, and 17th in rebounding with 5.1 per game. She was named to the AEC All-Defensive Team, as well as the AEC All-Academic Team for the second straight year. Throughout her career at UNH, Kilpatrick blocked 130 shots, which is fourth best in program history.

In 2015, Kilpatrick joined Brunell Cork for her first of two seasons in Ireland. She averaged 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while ranking third in the Premier League in blocks with 2.8 per game. Kilpatrick also added 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She was recognized as a Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Honorable Mention.

Kilpatrick is excited for the opportunity to develop in a new league this season and has her sights set on a championship run.

“I am really looking forward to the upcoming season and joining a new squad,” said Kilpatrick. “I am hoping to bring a strong presence inside and ultimately help win the league so we can be promoted to the first division.”

SG Weiterstadt finished last season with a 9-11 record, which was sixth in the South division of the 2. Bundesliga.

“Kaylee is a really strong post player who is very talented on the defensive end,” said Weiterstadt general manager, Michael Giesselbach. “This is exactly what we were looking for to enhance our current team. I am excited to have Kaylee under contract and looking forward to the season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Kaylee throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/kaylee-kilpatrick.

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Tearra Banks Signs Multi-Year Contract In Israel

TORONTO, August 24, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Tearra Banks has signed her first professional contract with Bnot Hertzeliya in Israel’s Division 1.

Banks, a 6’3” center, is coming off of a four-year collegiate career with the Austin Peay State Lady Govs. This past season, Banks was named Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Player of the Year. She was second in the OVC in scoring with 19.0 points per game and first in rebounding with 8.0 rebounds per game. Banks was also 13th in the NCAA and second in the conference in field goal percentage at 59.9%.

A Louisville, Kentucky native, Banks graduated from Ballard High School before heading to Austin Peay State. As a freshman, Banks was named to the OVC All-Newcomers Team, and was OVC Freshman of the Week on three separate occasions. In her sophomore season, she averaged 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in just 20.4 minutes per game. That year, Banks was also named to the Athletics Director’s Honor Role for the second straight season. In her junior year, Banks averaged 12.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, while ranking fifth in the nation and first in the OVC in field goal percentage at 59.7% from the field.

Banks will join former Austin Peay State teammate Tiasha Gray in Hertzeliya. She is excited to continue to expand her game at the next level.

“I am so excited and blessed to start this new journey in Israel,” said Banks. “I thank God that he has blessed me with the opportunity and I look forward to joining my new teammates and coaches in Hertzeliya.”

In last year’s regular season, Bnot Hertzeliya had an 11-5 record in stage one and a 12-9 record in stage two, good for third place overall. They were eliminated by eventual champions Maccabi Bnot Ashdod in the semi finals of the playoffs.

“We have been following Tearra’s game,” said Amit Hellman, Hertzeliya General Manager. “She is working very hard and has extended her game in the last year. She can create in the paint and is a good rebounder. We are sure that she has great potential to develop her shot as well. She is willing to learn and work hard and this is the most import thing for us.

For more information and individual box scores for Tearra throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/tearra-banks.

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Peyton Whitted Signs First Professional Contract In Greece

TORONTO, August 20, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Peyton Whitted has signed her first professional contract with AS Niki Lefkadas in the Greek A1 League.

Whitted, a 6’3’’ forward, is coming off of a four year career at Penn State University. In her senior season, Whitted was selected as a team captain and went on to average 5.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game. She helped Penn State to a 19-9 overall record, a sixth place regular season finish in the Big 10 Conference (Big 10), and the Sweet 16 of the National Invitational Tournament. An excellent student, Whitted was also named to the Big 10 All-Academic Team for the third consecutive season.

A Nashville, Tennessee native, Whitted graduated from North Gwinnett High School in Georgia, before starting her collegiate career at Penn State in 2013. In her freshman season, she helped Penn State to a regular season Big 10 Championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. As a junior in 2015-2016, Whitted had her most productive season, averaging 9.3 points on 48.6% shooting. She was also seventh in the Big 10 with 8.3 rebounds per game while adding an average of 1.2 steals.

Whitted, thankful for the opportunity to play overseas, believes her best basketball is ahead.

“I am very humble and thankful for the opportunity I have been given to play professional basketball in Greece this season for Niki Lefkadas,” said Whitted. “I would like to thank, first and foremost, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because this wouldn’t be possible without Him. I would also like to thank my family, my coaches, my trainers, and my agents for their support. Lastly, I want to thank Coach Nikos Douvitsas for giving me this amazing opportunity with his club. I look forward to what is in store in Greece this season.”

Niki Lefkadas finished last season in fifth place with a 13-9 record, narrowly missing the playoffs. The club believes they have built a strong roster and see a big future for their new forward.

“We are very happy to have such a good player on our team,” said Niki Lefkadas head coach, Nikos Douvitsas. “Peyton is a great athlete, and can play three positions on the court. I think she is also a two way player who will help us on both ends of the floor. I am sure that she will impress the whole basketball community and that she will soon be known all over Europe.”

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