Kruize Pinkins Signs New Contract In German BBL

TORONTO, May 23, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kruize Pinkins has signed with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (MBC) who are moving into the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) after their championship season in Pro A.

Pinkins, a 6’7” power forward, is coming off an exceptional season with Hebeisen White Wings Hanau in the German Pro A League. He averaged 17.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists through 30 starts, earning the Eurobasket.com All-German Pro A Forward of the Year award. He was also selected to both the All-German Pro A First Team and the German Pro A All-Imports Team for the second consecutive season.

A Marianna, Florida native, Pinkins attended Marianna High School prior to starting his collegiate career at Chipola College of the National Junior College Athletic Association. As a sophomore with the Indians, Pinkins earned First Team All-Panhandle League honours after averaging 11.4
points, 6.9 rebounds and shooting 57.8% from the floor. For his junior season, Pinkins moved to the University of San Francisco in the West Coast Conference (WCC) of the NCAA. That year, he averaged 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while also leading the WCC with 3.2 offensive rebounds per game. Prior to his senior season with the Dons, Pinkins was selected to the All-WCC Pre-Season Team. He followed that up with averages of 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during the regular season, finishing 11th and 13th in the conference respectively.

After graduating from the University of San Francisco, Pinkins signed with Hanau for the 2015-2016 season. Pinkins was able to make an immediate impact in his rookie campaign, averaging 13.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists over 29 starts. He was named the Eurobasket.com German Pro A Newcomer of the Year in addition to his First Team, and All-Imports Team selections.

“After two amazing years in Hanau, I am excited that I get the opportunity to play in the BBL, which has been one of my goals since starting my career in Germany,” said Pinkins. “I can’t wait to get to MBC and start working with my new club!”

MBC finished their regular season as the top seed heading into the playoffs, and capped off their year with a Pro A Championship, earning a promotion to Germany’s top league.

“In the last two years Kruize showed his quality,” said Igor Jovovic, MBC Head Coach. “I’m convinced that he still has a lot of potential. The Bundesliga will be a big and new challenge for him and we expect him to use this chance.”

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

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Tamara Tatham Signs One-Year Deal In France LFB

TORONTO, May 15, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Tamara Tatham has signed with USO Mondeville in the French Ligue Féminine de Basketball (LFB).

Tatham, a 6’1” forward, is coming off an excellent season with Dynamo Novosibirsk in the Russian Premiere Basketball League (PBL) and EuroCup. She led Dynamo to an 8-12 record, helping them to a seventh seed in the PBL regular season, before being eliminated by the eventual league champions, UMMC Ekaterinburg, in the quarter finals. Individually, Tatham was fourth in the league in scoring with 15.2 points per game and sixth in rebounding with 7.6 per game. Over six games in EuroCup, Tatham averaged 15.8 points on 58.5% shooting from two-point range, to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Tatham has played 157 games internationally for Canada Basketball’s Senior National Team, including two Olympic Games (Brazil and London). In 2015, she helped Canada win gold medals at the Pan American Games and the FIBA Americas Championship.

A Brampton, Ontario native, Tatham attended high school at Chinguacousy Secondary School before playing collegiate basketball at the University of Massachusetts. In her senior year, she achieved career-best averages of 12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Tatham currently ranks sixth place all-time in career rebounds at the University of Massachusetts with 755 and fifth place all-time in career steals with 190.

Tatham started her professional career with Catz Lappeenranta of the Finnish Korisliiga in 2007-2008, where she led the team to a Finnish Cup and the Korisliiga Finals. From 2008-2013, Tatham played in Germany’s Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL). There, Tatham was a Eurobasket.com German DBBL Player of the Year, a two-time Import Player of the Year, and was named to three All-German DBBL First Teams. Tatham was also named Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Center of the Year in 2009, Forward of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, and Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. She reached two DBBL finals, with Wasserburg in 2010 and with Halle in 2012.

In 2013-2014, Tatham played the first of two seasons with Piešťanské Čajky of the Slovakian Extraliga. In 2014-2015, she led the team to the Extraliga Finals and was named Eurobasket.com Extraliga Player of the Year Award.

In the 2015-2016 season, Tatham joined the Townsville Fire of Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) for a championship season. Tatham suffered a season-ending injury after 14 games, however she still ranked third on the team in scoring and rebounds with 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

“I’m excited to start a new journey this year,” said Tatham. “I’ve heard great things about the club and it’s awesome to get the opportunity to not only play in France, but also with a friend and fellow Canadian, Kim Gaucher.”

USO Mondeville concluded their 2016-2017 campaign in sixth place with a 12-10 record. They were eliminated in the LFB quarter finals by eventual champions, Villeneuve.

 “We’re very excited to welcome Tamara to our club next season. Her professionalism and her experiences at the highest level of competition will help USOM to keep growing next season,” said USO Mondeville Head Coach, Romain L’Hermitte. “She will bring her ability to score and rebound the ball at power forward, and we know from experience how well Canadian players fit with Normandy.”

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

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Skyler Bowlin Signs New One-Year Deal in German BBL

TORONTO, May 12, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Skyler Bowlin has signed a one-year deal with Science City Jena in Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).

Bowlin, a 6’3” point guard, is coming off of a strong season with the Giessen 46ers in the BBL, where he averaged 8.8 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in 33 appearances. During the season, Bowlin was named one of Eurobasket.com’s top 10 players of the week, twice.

A Paragould, Arkansas native, Bowlin attended Green County Tech High School, before attending college at Missouri Southern of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in NCAA Division II for the 2007-2008 season. In his first season, Bowlin was named the All-MIAA Freshman of the Year, averaging 9.7 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. The following two years he was named to the All-MIAA 2nd Team, and as a junior, was named All-MIAA Defensive Player of the Year.

As a senior, Bowlin averaged 18.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game over 31 games. For his outstanding play, he was named the All-MIAA Player of the Year and All-MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while also being named to the All-MIAA 1st Team and MIAA All-Tournament Team. That season he led the Lions to a Regular Season Championship and the MIAA Tournament Finals, before being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II College All-Star Team, NABC Division II All-America Team, NABC Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team, and the Daktronics Division II All-America 3rd Team. Bowlin was also named to the MIAA All-Defensive Team for the fourth consecutive year.

Bowlin began his professional career during the 2011-2012 season as the starting point guard for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen in Germany’s Pro A league, where he averaged 12.4 points, 3.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game and finished 2nd in the league with 2.0 steals per game. In April of 2012, Bowlin joined the Ringwood Hawks of the Australian Basketball Association, where he averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game. Bowlin’s play helped the Hawks finish the regular season in first place in the Big V Conference and helped the team to a Big V Conference Championship.

Bowlin continued his career in 2012-2013 with Horsens IC of the Danish Basketligaen, where he played for three consecutive seasons. In his first season, he finished 5th in the league with 19.6 points per game, 2nd in the league with 6.5 assists per game, and 1st in the league with 3.0 steals per game. He also contributed 4.3 rebounds per game. That season, he was awarded the Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team. In his second season with Horsens, Bowlin averaged 18.6 points per game and finished 5th in the league with 5.1 assists per game and 1st in the league with 2.6 steals per game, while adding 3.7 rebounds per game. After helping the team reach the semi-finals in his first two seasons, Bowlin led his team to the Danish Ligaen Championship in his third year with Horsens. That year, he averaged 16.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, and finished 2nd in the league in both assists and steals, with 6.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game, respectively. He was awarded Eurobasket.com’s All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year, Guard of the Year, and Import Player of the Year.

For the 2015-2016 season, Bowlin signed with the Sodertalje Kings in the Swedish Basketligan and the FIBA Europe Cup competition. In 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup, Bowlin averaged 10.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 50.0% from the field. In the Swedish Basketligan, Bowlin averaged 14.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, while finishing 6th in the league with 4.3 assists per game and 5th in the league with 1.6 steals per game. Bowlin’s contributions helped the Kings secure the Swedish Basketligan Championship. Eurobasket.com named Bowlin to the All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team, All-Imports Team, and he was named the Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Finals MVP.

Bowlin is confident he will be able to make an impact with his new club.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity with Jena,” said Bowlin. “The opportunity to continue to play in the BBL and play for Coach Harmsen will be a great experience, and I’m looking forward to joining the team.”

This past season, Science City Jena finished 13th in the BBL with an 11-21 record.

“I am very happy that Skyler signed with us. He always gives his best effort, he has great character and shows leadership on the court,” said Jena Head Coach, Bjorn Harmsen. “That’s why he is a perfect fit for our program. He will be a role model to all young players on our youth teams.”

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

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Tiasha Gray Signs Multi-Year Deal in Israel

TORONTO, April 26, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Tiasha Gray has signed a deal with Bnot Hertzeliya in Israel’s top league. The contract is for three seasons with team options for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.

Gray, a 5’8’’ point guard, is coming off of a fantastic rookie professional season with Mark Basket in the Swedish Damligan. She led the league in scoring with 24.3 points per game and steals with 3.6 per game. Gray was also second in the league in assists with 5.4 per game, while pulling down an impressive 7.5 rebounds per contest. She led Mark Basket to fourth place in the regular season and the quarterfinals in the Damligan playoffs.

A Clarksville, Tennessee native, Gray attended Clarksville High School before starting her collegiate career at Austin Peay State University in 2012. In her junior season, she led the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) in scoring and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 21.2 points per game. Gray was also second in the country in steals that season with 3.7 per game en route to earning the OVC Defensive Player of the Year Award. In her senior season, she was once again an All-OVC First Team All Star. That season, she was the second leading scorer in the OVC, averaging 20.6 points per game, while leading the conference in assists and steals with 5.3 and 2.7 per game respectively.

Gray left Austin Peay State as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1885 career points. She is also second in school history in career assists with 514 and first in career steals with 314. A great student throughout her collegiate career, Gray was named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2015 and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at Austin Peay State three times.

Gray is confident that she is ready to make an impact in one of Europe’s top leagues next season.

“I am blessed,” said Gray. “This is a great opportunity and I’m excited to get to Israel and prove my abilities at that level.”

Gray joins a Hertzeliya team that finished fourth in the regular season and lost to the eventual Israeli champions, Maccabi Ashdod, in the semifinals of the playoffs

“We are very happy to welcome Tiasha into our family,” said Hertzeliya General Manager, Amid Hellman. “We were following her this past season. Her playmaking skills are high and she understands the game. Above all, her love and enthusiasm for the game caught our eyes. We are happy to have Tiasha with us.”

For more information and individual box scores for Tiasha throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/tiasha-gray.

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