Jawad Williams signs for Yamagata Wyverns

Jawad Williams is heading into his 17th season of professional basketball after signing for Yamagata Wyverns in the Japanese B-League 2. Yamagata are based in northern Japan and play in the second-tier of Japanese basketball.

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Williams has played in Japan for the past four seasons after playing for Alvark Tokyo, Koshigaya Alphas, Utsunomiya Brex and Levanga Hokkaido. Williams is a globetrotter and the 2005 National Champion has played for 16 teams in 9 countries in his professional basketball career.

This summer, Jawad was invited by the Cleveland Cavaliers to be a Guest Coach in their preparations for NBA Summer League and has been weighing the decisions whether to head into coaching now, or continue to play. Jawad has said that he wants to play until he’s 40 and now at 38, nothing is slowing him down!

Williams played for Levanga Hokkaido in the 2020/21 season and averaged 10 PPG in 25 MPG. A highlight for Williams would have been the buzzer beater against Osaka for the win in March.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
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)

Jawad Williams was a guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast in June and talked about his professional career, his time at UNC, what life is like overseas and more. You can watch the full episode by clicking here.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s a new interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April 2021 and during the first season of the podcast, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate Britt and Justin Pierce.

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