Tar Heels Overseas Update

All over the world, players are aiming for the postseason or for some their 2020/2021 season has come to an end. This update looks at the remaining Tar Heels playing in Europe and Asia.

Read the latest on Joel Berry II and Luke Maye reaching the playoffs in their first seasons overseas, veteran Marcus Ginyard still pushing for the playoffs in France, Deon Thompson’s playoff opportunity comes down to the last game and more.

Desmond Hubert is new to the overseas updates after finally getting the paperwork signed to join Kagoshima Rebnise in Japan.

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Brice Johnson – Budivelnyk (Ukraine)

Brice Johnson was a powerhouse for the Tar Heels during his four years at UNC, dominating the boards and not much has changed since. Johnson now playing in Ukraine after time in Puerto Rico, Italy and France, leads his team in RPG, BPG AND SPG.

BC Budivelynk is the most successful team in the Ukrainian Basketball Super League and was able to help his team reach the playoffs with the number 7 seed. Budivelynk went up against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in a best of five match-up and Johnson averaged 15.4 PPG over the series. Dnipro came out on top with a 3-2 win over Johnson and Budivelynk.

Johnson had himself a great season in Ukraine and I’ll be excited to see where he goes next. He is also safely back home according to his Instagram this week.

84-107 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
12 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists in 30 minutes.

76-78 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
16 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals in 36 minutes.

72-81 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block in 29 minutes.

84-80 (WIN) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals in 24 minutes.

ORLANDINA (ITALY)2019/2032.417.3511.180.82
CHORALE ROANNE (FRANCE)2019/2025.413.295.430.43
BUDIVELYNK (UKRAINE)2020/2124.313.08.371.16
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

James Michael McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (Japan)

James Michael McAdoo, 2x NBA Champion, is now rocking for the Sun Rockers in the top-tier of Japanese basketball. McAdoo has played in Italy, Turkey, Serbia before heading to Japan last year.

McAdoo helped his team reach the playoffs this year, with some help from former Duke player, Ryan Kelly, the team’s leading scorer. Sun Rockers faced Link Tochigi Brex in the playoffs but lost the series 2-0.

It was recently announced that McAdoo will be heading back to Shibuya, Tokyo next season to play for the Sun Rockers again. McAdoo is now back home with his family according to his Instagram.

74-111 (LOSS) vs Link Tochigi Brex
8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal in 25 minutes.

84-92 (LOSS) vs Link Tochigi Brex
20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 20 minutes.

BESIKTAS (TURKEY)2019/2020.78.556.641.15
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2020/2121.010.926.241.38
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com

Marcus Ginyard – CSP Limoges (France)

Marcus Ginyard, also known as The Mayor of Limoges, is having a great season in France. Ginyard over the past decade has played all over Europe and now finds himself in the middle of France.

CSP Limoges play in the top-tier of French basketball and are pushing for that final spot in the playoffs. They currently sit in 9th with a 14-13 record with quite a few games left to push for that spot.

Ginyard is a fan favourite in Limoges and signed a three-year contract extension last season making France his home for the foreseeable future.

Marcus Ginyard was the latest guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast and talks about the ‘truth of overseas basketball’ and had plenty of stories to tell, you can watch the episode below.

77-71 (WIN) vs Cholet Basket
11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 19 minutes.

59-74 (LOSS) vs AS Monaco Basket
5 points, 1 rebound in 22 minutes.

70-75 (LOSS) vs Dijon Basket
5 points, 1 rebound in 11 minutes.

73-66 (WIN) vs Chalons-Reims
11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals in 17 minutes.

CSP LIMOGES (FRANCE)2019/2026.79.863.051.05
CSP LIMOGES (FRANCE)2020/2121.97.532.371.1
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Desmond Hubert – Kagoshima Rebnise (Japan)

It was announced in January that Desmond Hubert was to sign for Kagoshima Rebnise in the third-tier of Japanese basketball. According to LivOn Global Sports Management, during this time Japan was under strict Covid-19 entry rules and new players were temporarily unable to enter the country, then as soon as Desmond was allowed to join the team, he did.

Hubert has started well to his season in Japan, he has now played 10 games and averaging 13.6 PPG. He was always up for the big strong dunks in Chapel Hill and that is happening again in Japan.

There are a handful of games left in the Japanese B3 League and Hubert will be hoping to keep those strong performances going.

88-84 (WIN) vs Iwate Big Bulls
18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block in 24 minutes.

81-94 (LOSS) vs Iwate Big Bulls
19 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds in 29 minutes.

90-78 (WIN) vs Veltex Shizuoka
16 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block in 35 minutes.

KOPING STARS (SWEDEN)2018/1928.59.766.971.64
LAHTI BASKETBALL (FINLAND)2019/2025.17.084.691.08
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com and rebnise.jp)

Jawad Williams – Levanga Hokkaido (Japan)

Jawad Williams is the most experienced Tar Heel still playing professional basketball, at 38 years old Williams still has years left in him. Williams is currently playing for Levanga Hokkaido in the Japanese Basketball League.

The season ended for Levanga Hokkaido earlier this month with a record of 14-45 with Williams averaging over 10 PPG.

Jawad Williams was injured during a game on 7th April and missed the remaining 10 games of the season.

TOYOTA ALVARK (JAPAN)2017/1819.78.83.391.0
TOYOTA ALVARK (JAPAN)2018/1923.610.424.311.27
LINK TOCHIGI BREX (JAPAN)2019/2014.17.162.890.58
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2020/2125.510.474.31.51
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Joel Berry II – Besiktas (Turkey)

Joel Berry II just completed his first season overseas and reached the playoffs and likely faced the best team in all of Europe. Besiktas faced up against Anadolu Efes (currently in the EuroLeague Final Four) and they were too much for a young Besiktas team.

Besiktas finished the regular season 4th in the league with a 19-11 record. They defeated Tofas SC in the first round of the playoffs before falling short to Shane Larkin’s Anadolu Efes.

Berry had a great season averaging over 9 PPG, including a season-high of 21 points. Berry recently joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast and spoke about his season, you can watch it below.

86-104 (LOSS) vs Anadolu Efes
3 points, 3 assists, 1 steal in 13 minutes.

77-96 (LOSS) vs Anadolu Efes
1 point, 4 assists, 2 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy)

Luke Maye is another Tar Heel who is experiencing his first season overseas and reached the playoffs in that first year. Maye signed for Trento in Italy.

Similar to Berry and Besiktas, Maye and Trento drew the short straw and was put up against Armani Exchange Milan (currently in the EuroLeague Final Four) and lost the series 3-0.

Maye helped Trento push for that final spot in the playoffs with performances of 18 and 10 against Bologna. Trento did beat Milan once this season in the regular season, but in the playoffs, Milan was too much for Maye’s side.

65-74 (LOSS) vs AX Armani Exchange Milan
10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block in 20 minutes.

79-93 (LOSS) vs AX Armani Exchange Milan
10 points, 1 rebound, 1 block in 25 minutes.

62-88 (LOSS) vs AX Armani Exchange Milan
4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 26 minutes.

TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.615.981.24
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Unicaja Malaga (Spain)

Deon Thompson is a champion and has been a champion all over the world. A member of the 2009 national championship team, he has gone on to win multiple titles all over Europe.

Thompson now plays for Malaga in the top Spanish division and played in the EuroCup this year too. Thompson played 53 games in total for Malaga this season and started 49 of them. Thompson’s game has changed as of late and playing more of a stretch four role and scoring 40 times from deep this season.

Malaga’s last game of the season was against number one ranked Real Madrid and needed to win the game to make the playoffs, they lost 96-90 in a hard loss.

Deon Thompson is the all-time appearance leader for the North Carolina Tar Heels and also the leader in appearances in the EuroLeague out of all other Tar Heels. Thompson is the next guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast, make sure you subscribe to the YouTube Channel to see the episode that comes out on Monday 31st May.

90-96 (LOSS) vs Real Madrid
16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in 23 minutes.

81-75 (WIN) vs Acunsa GBC
9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks in 24 minutes.

UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Paige – KK Partizan (Serbia)

Marcus Paige is in his third season in Serbia and has been breaking records this season. The all-time 3 point scorer for North Carolina, broke the game-high record for three-pointers this season for Partizan with 8.

KK Partizan play in the Adriatic League Liga (ABA), a top league in Europe made up of teams from different countries in Eastern Europe. Partizan finished 7th with a record of 13-13.

Paige averaged over 9 PPG in all competitions for the Serbian side and will hope to help his team reach the postseason in the ABA next year.

Paige was injured near the end of the season and did not play the remaining games of the regular season.

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 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Jean-Pierre Tokoto has been balling as of late! Tokoto was out of action for a while with a calf injury, but since returning he has been productive on the offensive end and had game-highs of 21 twice and 20.

Tokoto has spent a lot of his professional career in Israel and is currently a starter for Hapoel Tel Aviv. The Israel Basketball Premier League is coming to a close this weekend and Tokoto will be hoping to keep these strong performances going to the end.

JP Tokoto’s younger brother has recently received a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina.

100-99 (WIN) vs Hapoel Beer Sheva
13 points, 10 assists, 2 steals in 32 minutes.

93-99 (LOSS) vs Maccabi Rishon Lezion
21 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds in 36 minutes.

96-74 (WIN) vs Ironi Nahariya
18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists in 28 minutes.

HAPOEL EILAT (ISRAEL)2018/1928.113.423.187.611.45
IRONI NES ZIONA (ISRAEL)2019/2031.414.
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2020/2128.113.644.575.291.5
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Joel James – Duzce Belediye (Turkey)

Joel James probably had his best season as a professional basketball player so far, but even with that couldn’t push his team over the line into the postseason. James led the team in RPG and BPG and was second in the leading scorers for Duzce Belediye.

This is the first year in James’ professional career that he has averaged a Double-Double throughout the season with 12.75 PPG and 11.93 RPG.

James played in the second-tier of Turkish Basketball this season and will hopefully be advancing to better things next season.

RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO (MEXICO)2018/1927.312.119.5722
DUZCE BELEDIYE (TURKEY)2020/2128.712.7511.9320
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Bnei Herzelia (Israel)

Kenny Williams signed his first overseas contract for Bnei Herzelia in the Israel Basketball Premier League, but was injured in his debut game and did not play again for the Israeli side.

Williams scored 3 points and had 1 rebound in his debut before leaving the game.

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