Yannick Anzuluni Re-Signs With Swedish Champion

TORONTO, July 8 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Yannick Anzuluni has re-signed with Swedish Basketligan Champion, BC Luleå. On September 19, Anzuluni and Lulea will compete in the qualification round of FIBA’s Basketball Champions League in an attempt to make the 2017-18 Champions League regular season.

Anzuluni, a 6’9” forward, is coming off his seventh professional season, in which he helped BC Luleå capture the Swedish Basketligan Championship and was named the Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Finals MVP and Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Forward of the Year. After beginning the season with Phoenix Hagen of Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga, Anzuluni joined BC Luleå. He completed the season ranked fifth in the league in scoring with 16.1 points per game, seventh in rebounding with 6.8 per game, and first in steals with 2.0 per game. Anzuluni also ranked third in the league in efficiency with a 17.0 efficiency rating, and shot 57.4% from two-point field goal range, 39.5% from three, and 81.1% from the free-throw line. He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan First Team and the Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team.

A Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo native, Anzuluni attended high school at Garneau High School in Ottawa, Ontario. He began his collegiate career at Houghton College in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In his junior year, he achieved career-best averages of 21.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.9 steals per game. He ranked ninth in the NAIA in points per game, seventh in rebounds per game, and thirteenth in blocks per game. That season, he was named to the NAIA All-American Second Team.

Anzuluni began his professional career with the Quebec Kebs in the Premier Basketball League in 2010-2011, spending two seasons there. In 2012-2013, Anzuluni commenced his European career with BBC Magdeburg of Germany’s Regionalliga North. That season, Anzuluni ranked tenth in scoring in the Regionalliga North with 17.5 points per game, second in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game, fourth in assists with 4.2 assists per game, second in steals with 3.0 steals per game, and fourth in blocks with 1.2 blocks per game. He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North First Team, and won the Eurobasket.com award for Regionalliga North Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2013-2014, Anzuluni joined Tampereen Pyrintö where he played in the Finnish First Division as well as the Baltic League. He led the First Division in scoring and in steals with 24.4 points, and 2.6 steals per game. Anzuluni also ranked third in the league in rebounding with 13.9 rebounds per game, fifth in assists with 3.4 assists per game, and tenth in blocks with 0.9 blocks per game. His efforts won him the Eurobasket.com Finnish First Division Player of the Year. Anzuluni also averaged 8.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game in the Baltic League that season.

In 2014-2015, Anzuluni signed with the Rostock Seawolves in the German Pro B league. He ranked third in the league in scoring with 21.0 points per game, and led the league in steals with 3.2 steals per game, helping his team reach the semifinals of the Pro B playoffs. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists per game. Anzuluni was named to the Eurobasket.com All-German Pro B First Team and received the award for Eurobasket.com German Pro B Forward of the Year.

For his sixth pro season in 2015-2016, Anzuluni moved to the Swedish Basketligan to play for Umeå Basket. He ranked fifth in the league in scoring with 17.5 points per game, fourth in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game, and led the league in steals with 2.4 per game. Anzuluni ranked third in efficiency with a rating of 21.4, and shot 51.4% from two-point range, 38% from beyond the arc, and 84.5% from the free-throw line. That season, he was named a Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Honorable Mention.

“After a championship season, I’m very happy to re-sign in Lulea,” said Anzuluni. “I’m looking forward to getting back at it with a great group of guys and taking the next steps in Champions League!”

BC Luleå finished the regular season in first place with a 24-8 record, and captured the Basketligan Championship, defeating the reigning champion, Södertälje Kings in five games in the final round of the Basketligan playoffs.

For more information and individual box scores for Yannick throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/yannick-anzuluni.

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