MIAH SPENCER SIGNS WITH TOP TEAM IN POLAND

IPZ Athlete Will Play for AZS AJP Gorzów

WARREN, NJ, June 19, 2017 Miah Spencer has signed a professional contract with AZS AJP Gorzów (Basket Liga Kobiet – the highest-tier league in Poland) for the 2017-2018 season.

“Playing professional basketball is something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Spencer. “I’m just thankful for those who have helped me get to this point in my career. This is a great opportunity and a new start to my career. I’m excited.”

Spencer – a First Team All-ACC selection – averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game for the North Carolina State Wolfpack this past season.

“It’s always amazing seeing an athlete’s hard work pay off and Miah is no exception,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “She is such a talented player and we are excited to see her compete for a top-tier program like Gorzów.”

View Eurobasket’s announcement of Spencer’s signing here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

 

ALEXUS COOPER INKS FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT

IPZ Athlete Signs with CS B Teleorman Alexandria

WARREN, NJ, June 15, 2017Alexus Cooper has signed a professional contract with CS B Teleorman Alexandria (Romania-Liga Nationala) for the 2017-2018 season.

“It’s truly a blessing to have signed my first professional contract,” said Cooper, who competed collegiately at Eastern Kentucky University. “IPZ has made the process enjoyable. I am eager to begin my professional career in Romania and am grateful for the opportunity.”

In her senior year with the Colonels, Cooper averaged 12.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 36.2 percent from three-point territory.

“We – at IPZ – are thrilled for Alexus,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “She’s an amazing player and person; she has worked so hard for this moment and I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish in Romania.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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GRACIN BAKUMANYA SIGNS WITH INTERPERFORMANCESUSA

Professional Basketball Player Will Be Represented by IPZ

WARREN, NJ, June 12, 2017 – Gracin Bakumanya, a center for the Phoenix Suns’ D-League affiliate –  the Northern Arizona Suns –  in the 2016-2017 season, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The 19-year-old is a 6-foot-11 center who hails from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bakumanya began his professional career in 2015 when he played for Espoirs Antibes (LNB Pro B) in France. He boasted a stat line of 14.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, playing in 30 contests. Bakumanya was promoted to the club’s Pro A team – the Antibes Sharks – for two games in the 2015-2016 season.

At the age of 18, Bakumanya declared for the 2016 NBA Draft. In July 2016, he signed with the Houston Rockets for the NBA Summer League and competed in two games. Bakumanya then signed with the Phoenix Suns in September and participated in their training camp. In October, Bakumanya was acquired by the Northern Arizona Suns (NBADL) for the 2016-2017 season. He played in 40 games and averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per contest.

“Shawn [Farmer] has been great through this process; his dedication towards helping players is unmatched,” said Bakumanya. “I’m excited to begin working with IPZ for the next steps of my professional career.”

“Gracin is the type of center that is trending in the major professional leagues,” said IPZ Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “He can score inside and out with solid post moves down low and the ability to hit the jumper. Gracin is always in the gym working; he’s a young player with professional experience, so he knows what is expected of him and he performs at a high-level.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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BRE MCDONALD JOINS THE IPZ FAMILY

Pirate Picks InterperformancesUSA for Representation

WARREN, NJ, June 8, 2017 – Breana “Bre” McDonald, a top scorer and rebounder for Eastern Carolina University, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

Standing at six feet, the Lithonia, GA native is able to play both the guard and forward positions. McDonald began her collegiate career at Georgia Tech where she played in 23 contests making five starts. Following her freshman year, she transferred to West Virginia University. McDonald stepped on the court for the Mountaineers in the 2014-2015 season and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

“Bre” then transferred to Eastern Carolina and suited up for the Pirates for the 2016-2017 season. Starting all 30 games, McDonald averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc.

McDonald posted seven double-doubles in her senior campaign with her career best rebounding effort coming against Tulsa on January 31, 2017, when she secured 15 boards to go along with 19 points. “Bre” found tremendous success in in the Pirates’ two contests facing Cincinnati. In their first meeting on January 21, McDonald scored a career-high 27 points. When facing the Bearcats again on February 22, she scored 24 points and brought down 12 rebounds.

“Since being a kid, my dream has always been to do what I love for a living, and that’s playing professional basketball,” said McDonald. “IPZ is the most invested in helping me achieve my dreams.”

“Bre is able to score at will from anywhere on the court,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “She is an extremely versatile player who has the ability to help her team wherever they need her. Bre’s hunger to succeed will make her a great professional player.”

Watch McDonald’s senior year highlights here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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TED KAPITA CHOOSES IPZ

NC State Forward Signs with InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, June 1, 2017 – Ted Kapita, a North Carolina State University big man who was a freshman in the 2016-2017 season, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

A native of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 6-foot-8 forward is an early entrant in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 20-year-old put his scoring and rebounding abilities on display in the Wolfpack’s winning effort against Duke on January 23, 2017. Kapita posted a double-double against the Blue Devils putting up 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes on the floor.

Kapita appeared in 26 games and averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per contest for NC State. The freshman shot 60.8 percent from the field to go along with an 82.1 percent success rating from the stripe. Additionally, Kapita pulled down more than 10 percent of the available offensive boards while on the court.

“I signed with IPZ because they make it all about the player; the player comes first,” said Kapita. “They have already made me feel so comfortable. I can’t wait to begin my professional career knowing that IPZ has my back.”

“Ted is not only a tough kid, but he’s also an extremely hard worker,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “Throughout his freshman year, there were flashes of brilliance – especially his performance against Duke – and that’s the type of player Ted is. He takes the utmost pride in bettering his game.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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USA Volleyball Launches New Marketing Effort

Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA to Provide Support

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, and WARREN, NJ, June 1, 2017 – USA Volleyball (USAV), the recognized National Governing Body for volleyball by both the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), has retained Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) to assist in its branding and marketing efforts.

USA Volleyball’s mission is to lead, serve and grow all areas of the sport of volleyball from grassroots participation to international competitive excellence. USAV consistently produces world-class athletes that comprise the USA teams competing in the Olympics, Paralympics, and FIVB World events. Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Indoor National Teams are currently ranked #2 in the world.

In the 2016 Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, three of the U.S. teams medaled: Men’s Indoor, Women’s Indoor, and Women’s Beach each earned the bronze. The U.S. Women’s Sitting National Team captured its first Paralympic gold medal in Rio. Since 1984, the USA is the only nation to have medaled in every Olympic Games.

In addition to its winning history, USAV is the only volleyball institution that is certified by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. This allows its athletes of all ages and skill levels to be assured of a culture of safety and support through awareness, education and training programs.

“We, at USAV, are very excited to be partnering with Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA for our branding and marketing efforts,” said Jamie Davis, CEO of USA Volleyball. “As the number one high school team participatory sport for girls and the fastest growing NCAA varsity sport, volleyball’s scale is misunderstood. I am convinced that by working with Bob Zito and his team, we will be able to effectively grow the awareness and excitement of this amazing sport as we groom our Olympians for years to come.”

“USAV is an amazing organization with a phenomenal product and some of the most skilled athletes in the world,” said Robert Zito, Founder of Zito Partners and Managing Partner of InterperformancesUSA. “We are both honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with Jamie and his team to help build this brand and develop lasting, meaningful corporate partnerships for the organization.”

About USA Volleyball: Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the disciplines of beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball has over 325,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $31 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball; youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education, certification programs and grassroots development across all disciplines. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, four Paralympic medals since 2004 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information on USA Volleyball, visit usavolleyball.org.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

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Jack Elliott Gets Some Love from Section 215

Philadelphia Union: With each clean sheet, Jack Elliott’s star rises

With the impressive performances by the Philadelphia Union of late, a star is being born in central defense.

The Philadelphia Union have kept four straight clean sheets. This is a sentence that I never expected to write when the Philadelphia Union were hemorrhaging goals at a Chivas USA rate. Credit must be given to Jim Curtin for changing the personnel along the back line and causing them to play a more compact game.

One of the biggest surprises in Curtin’s changes has been the insertion of Jack Elliott as the right center back. Occupying a role that was meant for Joshua Yaro, Elliott has stepped in looking well beyond his years.

Hailing from London, it’s a “lucky coincidence” that Elliott’s journey led to the United States. He was playing for Old Wilsonians Football Club at home when a scout for West Virginia University discovered him. Elliott took the offer playing four years for the Mountaineers making appearances in the midfield and along the backline.

His success in college led to Elliott being drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Union. While it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, Elliott impressed the coaching staff in the preseason, leading to his debut performance. When Richie Marquez couldn’t continue against DC United, Elliott stepped in and didn’t miss a beat.

View more online: https://section215.com/2017/05/19/philadelphia-union-jack-elliott/

IPZ’S NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER: MADISON JONES

Seton Hall Point Guard Signs with InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, May 16, 2017  Madison Jones, the court general that led the Seton Hall Pirates this past season, has chosen InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) for representation, the company announced today.

The 6-foot-2 point guard began his collegiate career at Wake Forest University which is under two hours away from his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Jones broke into the starting lineup as a freshman. In all three seasons with the Demon Deacons, Jones consistently found himself in the top two for the team’s most assists and steals (he was first in this category twice). As a junior, he ranked among the ACC leaders with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Jones transferred to Seton Hall University for the 2016-17 season and played in all 33 contests, starting 31 of them. His 58 steals led the Pirates and were third best in the Big East. Jones topped The Hall in both assists (104, ninth in the Big East) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6, eighth in the Big East). Called the “head” by teammates, Jones led the Pirates to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

“I am so happy to be a part of the IPZ family,” said Jones. “I have dreamed about being a professional basketball player since I was a young boy. I can’t thank God enough for this amazing opportunity.”

“Meeting Madison and his parents during this process was rewarding for me,” said Robert Zito, Managing Partner of IPZ. “Madison comes from a great family with dedicated parents and siblings who are serving our country. His leadership on the court at Seton Hall was exemplary. And his relationship with a great coach and staff, phenomenal. I’m thrilled we have the opportunity to work with him.”

 

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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KELLON THOMAS SIGNS WITH IPZ

IUPUI Guard Chooses to be Represented by InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, May 15, 2017 – Kellon Thomas, a key player for the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Jaguars this past season, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The 5-foot-11 guard returned to his hometown of Indianapolis, IN, to finish out his collegiate basketball career after playing three seasons at Kent State University. As a junior for the Golden Flashes, Thomas led the team in minutes played (31.5 mpg), assists (81), three-pointers made (45), and free throws made (106), while being the only player to start all 32 contests. Thomas’ 12.3 points per game was second best for Kent State.

While a senior at IUPUI, Thomas averaged 9.5 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game. He scored a single-game career high of 25 points against the University of Omaha when Thomas was a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line on February 8, 2017. Thomas’ 85 assists were second best on the team and his 90 percent accuracy from the stripe was 14th best in the country.

“I chose IPZ because I have heard great feedback from other coaches and players [about them],” said Thomas. “Their staff works really hard for their players and I like their family atmosphere. I am beyond excited to start my professional career while with InterperformancesUSA.”

“Kellon is a smart player who has a natural ability to score the basketball,” said Jeff Curtin, Managing Director of IPZ. “Kellon has a bright future and we are thrilled to sign a player that shares the values we share as a company.”

Watch highlights from Thomas’ senior year here.

 

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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KATIE FRERKING SELECTS IPZ

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Will Be Represented By Interperformances®USA

WARREN, NJ, May 11, 2017 – Katie Frerking, the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a mainstay in the Auburn Tigers’ lineup since her freshman year, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

Standing at 6-foot-1, Frerking has the ability to play at both the guard and forward positions. Frerking, whose hometown is Johns Creek, GA, was nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All-America game. In the fall of 2013, Frerking began her collegiate career with Auburn and became only the fifth freshman in the previous 10 years to start the season-opener.

In Frerking’s junior year, she averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. These stats helped land her on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in the 2015-16 season. She also earned this honor the following year as a senior. Additionally, Frerking was named the 2016-17 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as receiving All-SEC Defensive and Second Team honors. The combo player led the Tigers with 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game, to go along with 3.0 assists per contest.

Frerking left her mark in Auburn’s record books with these top 20 rankings in program history: #4 in games played with 130, #5 in three-point field goal attempts with 518, #6 in steals with 236, #7 in three-point field goals made with 147, #12 in assists with 307, #17 in rebounding with 627 boards, and #18 in scoring with 1,271 points.

“I chose InterperformancesUSA because I felt that they were the best people to help me in beginning my professional career,” said Frerking. “I could tell from my very first conversation with Shawn that he really understood my game and was excited about the possibility of representing me. I was definitely looking for an agency that not only was best-suited to help me in the basketball realm, but also an agency that was full of great people. Everyone I’ve worked with so far at IPZ has been that. I’m excited about the opportunity to continue my basketball career and certainly excited to be teamed up with IPZ.”

“Katie is one of the most underrated players in the SEC; I love watching her play,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “She can flat out play the game and her basketball IQ is off the charts. With her size and versatility, Katie will be a valuable asset to her future professional team.”

 

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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