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21 August 2012
Marcus Anthony Slaughter (18-03-1985, San Leandro, California, United States) is a power forward known by Spanish fans thanks to his time with Blancos de Rueda Valladolid two seasons ago. During that time, he was chosen 'Most Spectacular Player' in a League he topped in slam dunks and ranked second highest scorer of two-point shots. Winner of the German championship with Brose Baskets Bamberg, he stands out for his exceptional physique, which allows him to be a great rebounder and blocker as well as incredibly agile and fast in his movements. It's the profile of an inside player that adapts perfectly to Real Madrid's style of play. Slaughter has signed for one season.
The new Real Madrid player joins the team at the peak of his career with ample experience in European basketball. At 27 years old, the American has just been proclaimed champion of the Bundesliga with Brose Baskets Bamberg, averaging 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Before his triumph with the German team, Slaughter played the previous season in Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, where he was one of the players most responsible for their qualification for the Copa del Rey. He left his mark in Spain. He was named 'Most Spectacular Player' of the ACB due to his dominance above the hoop. He led in slam dunks and two-point shots.
The Californian is a player with very fast moves. Speedy, agile on the paint and with a magnificent jump, he performs perfectly in position four. In the Valladolid team he played 34 matches with an average of 9.9 points, 6 rebounds, 1.4 recoveries and 14.6 performance rating. His highest personal scores in the Liga were 19 points against Gran Canaria and 12 rebounds against Menorca. In addition, he knows the European competition. He played the European Cup for three seasons with Hapoel, Le Havre and Nancy, and last season he competed in the European League with the Germans, where he was the sixth best player in the Regular Phase with a 17.7 performance index (11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds).
Marcus Slaughter trained as a player in the University of San Diego in the NCAA. In his last year he already showed great promise: 16.5 points and 10.9 rebounds on average. He began his European adventure in the Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka in the 06-07 season. From there he went to Hapoel in Jerusalem. BCM Gravelines, Bremehaven, Le Havre and Nancy were his teams until he joined the Blancos de Rueda in the 10-11 season. The power forward will contribute new solutions to some of the strongest inside play in Europe.
As matter of trivia, when the Blancos de Rueda Valladolid played on the Whites' court on day 23 two seasons ago, Real Madrid gave him a shirt with the name of his brother Jemall, who died at age 18 when he was nine. “Real Madrid gave me a shirt with his name. I sent it to my mother and she cried”, said Slaughter, who wears the number 44 in honour of his brother.