Tar Heels in Europe – May Update

Over in Europe, lots of teams are finishing their regular season and heading into the playoffs. There are many Tar Heels who are trying to achieve postseason success overseas. Here is the latest update on the Tar Heels in Europe, with their latest statistics, highlights and interviews.

This month we have Kenny Williams joining the list of Tar Heels in Europe, the latest interview with Joel Berry and big-time plays from Brice Johnson, Deon Thompson and Marcus Ginyard.

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Joel Berry II – Besiktas (Turkey)

Joel Berry is in his first season overseas and is heading into the postseason with his team Besiktas. Berry has averaged over 10 PPG in his 20 games for the team from Istanbul. Besiktas are playing well as of late and on a five-game win streak, their regular season record was 18-11.

The next game for Berry is against Pinar Karsiyaka (21-8) in the postseason and this will be his first experience of this overseas, but the Tar Heel has had plenty of success in his career and expect to see Berry step up.

104-75 (WIN) vs Afyonkarahisar Belediye
10 points, 4 assists, 1 steal in 19 minutes.

104-89 (WIN) vs Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece
16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 34 minutes.

83-77 (WIN) vs Bahcesehir Koleji
12 points, 2 assists in 26 minutes.

Berry recently joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast, you can watch it here below:

Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt – Panthers Schwennigen (Germany)

Nate Britt has just finished his fourth season overseas and this was probably his best season as a professional basketball player. Britt is now playing in the second-tier of German Basketball and his team reached the playoffs for the first time at this level. I recently spoke with Britt:

“I’m very excited for this final part of the season. We are going to have a great showing. This season is the first time this club has been to the playoffs at this level.”

Nate Britt

Britt averaged 13.5 PPG and 5.4 APG for the Wiha Panthers this season, recording his best offensive rating since turning professional. Britt has played the United Kingdom, Argentina and Cyprus.

“Germany is the most strategic and tactical place that I’ve played at thus far. This league also has the best talent from top to bottom compared to my last two seasons. I’m enjoying the journey as a professional. I couldn’t be more blessed!”

Nate Britt

The Wiha Panthers have finished their season this week due to unfortunate circumstances with multiple players testing positive for COVID-19, meaning that they could not finish the final games in their group and not making the final. Britt led his team in Assists and Steals for the 2020/21 season.

79-83 (LOSS) vs Eisbaren Bremerhaven
14 points, 7 assists, 4 steals in 30 minutes.

71-80 (LOSS) vs Eisbaren Bremerhaven
8 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds in 28 minutes.

79-93 (LOSS) vs MLP Academics Heidelberg
8 points, 7 assists, 5 steals in 30 minutes.

OMONIA NICOSIA (CYPRUS)2019/2033.714.523.624.141.76
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2020/2130.013.585.393.652.16
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Unicaja Malaga (Spain)

Deon Thompson is having a great season in Spain and his team are pushing for those final playoff positions. Thompson plays in the top-tier in Spain against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona (recently signed Pau Gasol).

Thompson has started 45 out of 48 games this year and he plays a major part for his team. The same man who holds the record for the most games played for the University of North Carolina has now played over 500 games overseas.

Malaga are 8th in the Liga ACB with a 15-16 record and the top 8 teams go through to the postseason and Thompson will be hoping that his team can continue strong to the end of the season.

102-93 (WIN) vs Club Joventut Bardona
12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block in 20 minutes.

78-101 (LOSS) vs Casademont Zaragoza
16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in 23 minutes.

UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.38.083.520.62
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Joel James – Duzce Belediye (Turkey)

Joel James is having his best year as a professional basketball player with his season coming to an end soon. James has averaged a double-double this season in the second-tier of Turkish basketball.

Duzce Belediye has struggled of late and is on a four-game losing streak, making their current season record 15-15. James has tried his hardest to pull the teams through with some big performances including a game of 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Joel James plays his final game for Duzce Belediye on the weekend, who cannot qualify for the postseason.

62-74 (LOSS) vs Yalova Group Belediye Spor
5 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block in 25 minutes.

60-62 (LOSS) vs ITU Bakiroy
17 points, 15 rebounds in 31 minutes.

75-81 (LOSS) vs Gemlik Basketbol Bursa
7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block in 23 minutes.

RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO (MEXICO)2018/1927.312.119.5722
DUZCE BELEDIYE (TURKEY)2020/2128.712.9711.8621
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Bnei Herzelia (Israel)

Kenny Williams is the newest Tar Heel to play professionally overseas after a couple of seasons in the NBA G-League for Austin Spurs. Kenny recently signed for Bnei Herzelia and made his debut last week for the team that is struggling in the top-tier of Israeli Basketball.

Bnei Herzelia is currently 7-16 and finds themselves near the bottom of the table. Williams made his debut last week, playing for 11 minutes and started the game for his new side. He contributed with three points, which were obviously from behind the arc.

Williams’ next game is against Hapoel Tel Aviv, the team of Jean-Pierre Tokoto.

85-90 (LOSS) vs Hapoel Unit Holon
3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist in 11 minutes.

Originally tweeted by George (@britishtarheel) on April 25, 2021.

Marcus Paige – KK Partizan (Serbia)

Marcus Paige is now in his third season playing professionally in Serbia and the team is on a six-game win streak to finish off the season. Partizan ended their season with a 13-13 record and 7th in the ABA League (the top four teams go to the playoffs).

Paige has had a great season for Partizan and has averaged more minutes since starting his career overseas. Paige also broke the team’s record this year for most 3 pointers in a game.

80-58 (WIN) vs KK Split
13 points, 4 assists, 1 steal in 21 minutes.

97-74 (WIN) vs FMP Beograd
11 points, 5 assists in 19 minutes.

PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2018/1924.210.53.721.1
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2022.39.931.880.79
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Ginyard – CSP Limoges (France)

Marcus Ginyard is one of the veteran Tar Heels still playing professional basketball. A member of the 2009 National Championship teams is now one of the most experienced players on his team in France. Ginyard signed a three-year extension with CSP Limoges in 2020, who play in the top-tier of French Basketball.

CSP Limoges are currently 8th and pushing for a playoff spot. Ginyard’s season has consisted of some highs and lows, he was injured for a month earlier this year but has since come back to put on Player of the Game performances. Ginyard has started the last six games for his team and they have won four of those games.

Ginyard recently recorded a podcast with Ceiling is the Roof Podcast and will be the next guest on the show, coming out on May 17th.

96-95 (WIN) vs Chalon-Sur-Saone
5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 15 minutes.

88-66 (WIN) vs JSF Nanterre
9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 23 minutes.

68-81 (LOSS) vs Strasbourg IG
5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal in 23 minutes.

69-66 (WIN) vs JL Bourg-en-Bresse
20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block in 26 minutes.

CSP LIMOGES (FRANCE)2019/2026.79.863.051.05
CSP LIMOGES (FRANCE)2020/2120.58.132.571.22
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Brice Johnson – Budivelnyk (Ukraine)

Brice Johnson is now playing for the most successful team in Ukraine and hoping his team can achieve more success while he is there. Budivelnyk has won ten Ukrainian Basketball Super League Championships and will be heading into the postseason again.

Johnson is having a fantastic season in Europe, now in his third season overseas with his fourth team. Brice was well known for his monster jams at Carolina and not much changes with him being the poster of multiple highlights this year. Johnson has started the last five games for his team and they have won four of them, with Johnson putting up some big numbers.

Brice Johnson leads Budivelynk in RPG, BPG and SPG and has been a big-time player for his team this year. It will be great to see him lead his team deep into the playoffs.

82-87 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
20 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block in 32 minutes.

126-99 (WIN) vs Kharkivski Sokoly
16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists in 21 minutes.

79-71 (WIN) vs MBC Mykolaiv
18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists in 35 minutes.

Originally tweeted by George (@britishtarheel) on April 13, 2021.

ORLANDINA (ITALY)2019/2032.417.3511.180.82
CHORALE ROANNE (FRANCE)2019/2025.413.295.430.43
BUDIVELYNK (UKRAINE)2020/2123.312.298.291.09
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy)

Luke Maye is playing his first season overseas and his team have turned it around to push for a playoff spot. The top-eight teams qualify for the playoffs in the Lega Basket Serie A and Trento are currently sat in the final spot.

Dolomiti Energia Trento has had some great performances this year, including a win over the best team in the country, AX Armani Exchange Milan. Trento also played in the EuroCup this season and had some big wins there too, including a win over Marcus Paige’s Partizan.

Maye will be hoping for Trento to continue strong to the end of the season and qualify for the postseason.

76-94 (LOSS) vs Banco di Sardegna Sassari
5 points, 4 rebounds in 20 minutes.

81-69 (WIN) vs Pallacanestro Trieste 2004
16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists in 28 minutes.

76-75 (WIN) vs Acqua San Bernardo Cantu
10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists in 23 minutes.

TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.786.061.31
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Jean-Pierre Tokoto is back from the injury from the rivalry game on January 31st. Tokoto had not played since January until last week and he is a starter for Hapoel Tel Aviv, who play in the top-tier of Israeli Basketball.

Hapoel Tel Aviv struggled in Tokoto’s absence, falling to an eight-game losing streak. The team’s record is currently 8-16 and will be trying to push into the positions for the postseason.

Tokoto has started the past two games since returning and recorded 16 points and 10 point games. Tokoto’s next game will be against Bnei Herzelia, the new team of Kenny Williams.

104-98 (WIN) vs Hapoel Unet Holon
16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in 33 minutes.

71-80 (LOSS) vs Hapoel Haifa
10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 28 minutes.

HAPOEL EILAT (ISRAEL)2018/1928.113.423.187.611.45
IRONI NES ZIONA (ISRAEL)2019/2031.414.
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

I hope you enjoyed this update, if you are interested you can read the other updates on the Tar Heels in Europe from January, February, March and April.

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