Courtesy of Slan Sports Management
By: Matt Slan
TORONTO, August 14, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Elias Desport has signed a new contract with the Surrey Scorchers of the United Kingdom's British Basketball League (BBL).
Desport, a 6'8" power forward/center, is coming off of his first professional season playing for A. Desportiva Sanjoanense of the Portuguese Proliga. In 13 appearances there, Desport averaged 13.2 points, a league-leading 10.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Desport was named a Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga Honourable Mention, and was selected to the Portuguese Proliga All-Newcomers Team.
A Stockholm, Sweden native, Desport attended Solna Gymnasium for high school. In 2009, he was named to the Swedish U18 National Team and was Player of the Year for Blackeberg Basket. Desport was also a part of the Baltic Sea Cup championship team and competed at the European Championship on the U18 Swedish National Team in 2010.
Upon graduation from high school, Desport joined the Saint Peter's Peacocks for his collegiate career, competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). In his junior year, Desport helped Saint Peter's reach the MAAC semi finals. As a senior, Desport started 17 games, averaging 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. An excellent student, he was also selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Desport anticipates a breakout season in the United Kingdom.
"I'm excited to join the Surrey Scorchers and hopefully, we can accomplish some great things this year," said Desport. "I want to thank the entire organization for giving me this opportunity and believing in me."
In the 2016-2017 season, Surrey finished eighth in the BBL with a 15-18 record.
"I'm extremely excited to invite Elias to the Surrey Scorchers, said Surrey Head Coach, Creon Raftopoulos. "I feel that he'll bring the excitement of a big man to the table. He's super athletic and his skills allow him to play multiple positions on the court, so I think he'll be a very exciting piece of the puzzle for us moving forward."
For more information and individual box scores for Elias throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/elias-desport.
About Slan Sports Management
Slan Sports Management (SSM) is a dynamic sports management firm dedicated to building and managing the careers of elite basketball players. SSM has negotiated contracts for its clients in over twenty countries around the world and continues to be a leader in the basketball representation business. To learn more, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com.