Tar Heels Overseas – Where Are They?

There are 18 Tar Heels playing professional basketball overseas and Tar Heel International brings you the most up-to-date detailed report including highlights on the former UNC players.

Sterling Manley has now signed his first professional contract, Justin Pierce is on the move again, James McAdoo and Brice Johnson are putting up great numbers in Japan and Marcus Ginyard steps down from professional basketball.

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James McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (Japan)

James Michael McAdoo, 2x NBA Champion, has been making a name for himself in Japan. McAdoo is playing in his second season for the Hitachi Sun Rockers and has been leading his team into the playoff spots.

McAdoo is in the Top 5 Scorers in the B-League and leads the league in steals per game. JMM recently put up 30 and 11 last week in a win against Nigata and had a season-high of 34 points before Christmas.

James recently joined The Tar Heel Show to talk more about his time playing professionally in Asia. You can listen to the show below:

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
83-74 (WIN) vs Nigata Albirex

30 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals in 32 minutes

91-82 (WIN) vs Chiba Jets
20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks in 37 minutes

85-89 (LOSS) vs Ryukyu
34 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
BESIKTAS (TURKEY)2019/2020.78.556.641.15
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2011.68.03.00.56
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2020/2121.010.926.241.38
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2021/2231.221.19.02.24
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Paige – Orleans Loiret (France)

Marcus Paige is playing in France this year for Orleans Loiret after three seasons in Serbia. Paige has been averaging 9.77 PPG and 3.31 APG this season.

Orleans has been improving over the past month in the Jeep Elite League this season, they are currently sitting at 12th out of 18 in the top-tier of French basketball.

Paige leads his team in steals per game and second in assists and will be hoping to help push his team into the playoff spots with plenty of games left to play.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
75-84 (LOSS) vs JL Bourge-en-Bresse
16 points and 2 assists in 34 minutes

75-73 (WIN) vs Chalons-Reims
21 points and 4 assists in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2018/1924.210.53.721.1
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2022.39.931.880.79
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2020/2126.29.22.40.9
ORLEANS LOIRET (FRANCE)2021/2233.69.773.311.08
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Brice Johnson – Toyama Grouses (Japan)

Brice Johnson, the former NBA player is one of four Tar Heels playing in Japan this season. Johnson plays for Toyama Grouses.

Brice Johnson has been putting up some big numbers in the B-League over the past month with two 20+ point performances.

Toyama Grouses have a 10-17 record and will be hoping to go on a winning streak this month.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
99-91 (WIN) vs Akita Northern Happinetts
22 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes
90-74 (WIN) vs Hiroshima Dragonflies
21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes
107-102 (WIN) vs Shiga Lakestars
25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
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
TOYAMA GROUSES (JAPAN)2021/2221.912.38.30.4
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kennedy Meeks – Cholet Basket (France)

Kennedy Meeks has joined his former teammate Marcus Paige in France this year, after signing for Cholet Basket.

When Kennedy has been given the minutes, he has performed! Meeks had a 20 and 11 game over 30 minutes before Christmas, although his team have struggled this season with a 4-10 record.

Kennedy recently tested positive for Covid-19 and will be following protocols before returning to action.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
74-90 (LOSS) vs BCM Gravlines
20 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes

79-83 (LOSS) vs Fos Sur Mer
8 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 21 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2019/2034.120.9710.871.23
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2115.16.816.000.31
CHANGWON LG SAKERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2110.77.254.250.5
CHOLET BASKET (FRANCE)2021/2215.47.03.770.31
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Isaiah Hicks – Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea)

Isaiah Hicks started the 2021/22 season like he did the season before… on fire! Hicks leads his team with 17.7 PPG and is in the Top 5 Scorers of the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

Hicks sadly went down with an injury at the end of November and hasn’t suited up since.

Seoul Samsung Thunders have gone 2-13 since Hick’s injury.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
AVTODAR SARATOV (RUSSIA)2019/2028.312.866.712.0
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2124.817.287.351.46
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2021/2224.717.77.071.13
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – BAXI Manresa (Spain)

Luke Maye has been playing in the Liga ACB in Spain, one of the greatest leagues outside the NBA and has been helping BAXI Manresa push into the playoff spots.

Maye predominately has been coming off the bench for his Spanish side in the Liga ACB and has been starting some of the games in the Basketball Champions League.

Luke is averaging 9.8 PPG and 5.2 RPG in the Basketball Champions League, while his team are 5-1 in the European Cup Competition.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
85-90 (LOSS) vs Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
11 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes

87-92 (LOSS) vs Real Madrid
8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block in 17 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.615.981.24
BAXI MANRESA (SPAIN)2021/2215.86.673.110.72
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt – Yoast United (Netherlands)

Nate Britt has been putting up some impressive numbers in the new BNXT League, the top-tier of Dutch and Belgian basketball. Britt has been in the double figures of scoring for the past seven games and leads his team in assists and minutes per game.

Britt has played in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Cyprus, Germany and now the Netherlands. Over the past few years, Britt has been playing some of his best basketball and you can expect to see more good performances from Britt.

Yoast United are currently 6-8 in the BNXT League.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
87-83 (WIN) vs Hague Royals
12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes

85-84 (WIN) vs Donar Groningen
17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in 37 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS
(UNITED KINGDOM)
2017/1828.511.723.563.68
OMONIA NICOSIA (CYPRUS)2019/2033.714.523.624.14
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2020/2130.013.585.393.65
YOAST UNITED (NETHERLANDS)2021/2231.913.54.933.57
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

Deon Thompson is a record-breaking Tar Heel. The all-time appearance leader for UNC Basketball has had quite a professional career, leading Tar Heels in EuroLeague appearances.

Deon Thompson is back in Spain this season and playing for Casademont Zaragoza. His new team are currently 6-9 in the Liga ACB and 2-4 in the EuroCup.

Deon has some tough games over the next month, including Real Madrid, UCAM Murcia and fellow Tar Heel Luke Maye’s BAXI Manresa.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
97-79 (WIN) vs Baskonia
13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes

92-83 (WIN) vs Andorra
9 points and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
LEONES DE PONCE (PUERTO RICO)2020/2125.815.156.270.58
CASADEMONT ZARAGOZA (SPAIN)2021/2219.77.04.40.9
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

JP Tokoto has made a name for himself in overseas basketball and that comes down to a lot of his success in Israel.

Tokoto is a starter for Hapoel Tel Aviv and has been leading his team in rebounds per game and in the Top 10 in the league.

Hapoel Tel Aviv has turned around their poor start to the season with a record of 7-6 and are 6th in the Israeli Basketball Super League.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
83-82 (WIN) vs Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes

97-64 (WIN) vs Hapoel Eilat
12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
HAPOEL EILAT (ISRAEL)2018/1928.113.423.187.61
IRONI NES ZIONA (ISRAEL)2019/2031.414.214.146.29
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2020/2128.113.644.575.29
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2021/2230.511.382.627.1
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Sterling Manley – Sichuan Blue Whales (China)

Sterling Manley recently signed his first professional contract and is playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China. The China Basketball Association is a highly thought of league with multiple former NBA players taking to the court there.

Sterling Manley’s time at Carolina was haunted with injuries, but it is known the potential he has and I expect to see him show his dominance in the CBA.

Manley played his first two games in Asia last week and is averaging 11 PPG and 3 BPG.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
103-110 (WIN) vs Guangzhou Long Lions
11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes

78-93 (LOSS) vs Beikong
11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in 23 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
SICHUAN BLUE WHALES (CHINA)2021/2218.011.06.03.0
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Jawad Williams – Yamagata Wyverns (Japan)

Jawad Williams at 38 years old is not slowing down and putting up good numbers. Williams is now playing in the second-tier of Japanese basketball for Yamagata and has a 15-13 record.

Jawad is averaging 11.6 PPG and 4.4 RPG in the 2021/22 season and has scored in double-figures for the past five games.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
92-84 (WIN) vs Saga Ballooners
15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes.

80-56 (WIN) vs Aomori Watts
14 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
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
YAMAGATA WYVERNS (JAPAN)2021/2224.211.64.42.1
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Joel James – Ted Ankara Kolejliler (Turkey)

Joel James had his best season as a professional basketball player last season in Turkey for Duzce Belediye, leading his team in rebounds and blocks. Joel decided to stay in Turkey in the 2021/22 season and sign for Ted Ankara Kolejliler.

Joel James is averaging a Double-Double again this year with 10.6 PPG and 10.7 RPG. His team currently have a record of 6-9 and will be hoping to improve on this with lots of games left in the season. James leads his team in rebounds and blocks per game.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
91-78 (WIN) vs Best Balikesir
20 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes

79-91 (LOSS) vs Manisa BB
14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGDBL/DBL
RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO (MEXICO)2018/1927.312.119.5722
CAPITANES CIUDAD DE MEXICO (MEXICO)2019/2022.210.916.146
DUZCE BELEDIYE (TURKEY)2020/2128.712.7511.9320
TED ANKARA KOLEJLILER (TURKEY)2021/2227.910.610.76
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Justin Pierce – BC Nokia (Finland)

Justin Pierce has decided to go back to his stomping ground of last year to Finland and signed for BC Nokia. Pierce played for Kobrat in the 2020/21 season.

In the 2021/22 season, Pierce started the season at VfL Kircheim Knight and then signed for Wiha Panthers, before heading back to Finland last month.

Pierce has played two games in the Korisliiga, the top-tier of Finnish basketball and is averaging 16 PPG.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
103-99 (WIN) vs Lahti
18 points and 5 assists in 24 minutes

73-75 (LOSS) vs Kataja Basket
14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
KOBRAT (FINLAND)2020/2128.016.565.193.5
VFL KIRCHEIM KNIGHTS (GERMANY)2021/2227.08.677.331.67
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2021/2233.418.24.82.0
BC NOKIA (FINLAND)2021/2224.516.03.54.0
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Kolossos Rhodes (Greece)

Kenny Williams has been balling out in Greece this season and his new team Kolossos Rhodes are 7-3.

Williams is leading his team in PPG with 14.2 and in the Top 15 Scorers of the league. He also leads the team in minutes per game.

We all remember how Kenny can shoot from behind the arc and now Europe is finding out too. Williams has scored 4 or more three-pointers in a game… 6 times this season!

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
74-65 (WIN) vs Peristeri
23 points with 5 three-pointers in 24 minutes

76-59 (WIN) vs Iraklis
14 pointers with 4 three-pointers in 29 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
KOLOSSOS RHODES (GREECE)2021/2230.814.22.23.2
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Christian Keeling – BC Rustavi (Georgia)

Christian Keeling went from Georgia to Georgia this summer after signing for BC Rustavi in Eastern Europe.

Keeling is a scorer, you can’t deny that! Keeling is leading BC Rustavi in scoring with 19.3 PPG in the Georgia Superleague. He is the sixth-best scorer in the league. Keeling’s fewest points he has scored in a game this season is 15… Keeling can score.

BC Rustavi has a record of 4-6.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
85-101 (LOSS) vs Vera
22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes

82-75 (WIN) vs Dinamo Tbilisi
22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
BC RUSTAVI (GEORGIA)2021/2233.619.34.75.4
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Justin Knox – Neo-Phoenix (Japan)

Justin Knox is an overseas veteran and now finds himself in Japan for Neo-Phoenix.

Neo-Phoenix is currently 4-22 and have really struggled this year. Knox has had some good individual performances though, with multiple 20+ point games.

Knox will be hoping to turn it around for his team in the top-tier of Japanese basketball.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
88-80 (WIN) vs Sea Horses Mikawa
20 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes

85-90 (LOSS) vs Osaka Evessa
20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
PALLACANESTRO TRIESTE (ITALY)2018/1917.110.424.290.68
TRENTO (ITALY)2019/2022.110.575.190.59
WONJU DONGBU PROMY (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2121.613.946.780.69
NEO-PHOENIX (JAPAN)2021/2229.112.86.30.4
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Ty Lawson – US Monastir (Tunisia)

Ty Lawson has recently signed for US Monastir in Tunisia, the runners up of the 2021 Basketball Africa League. Lawson recently left his team in Greece and could not work out a deal in Puerto Rico. Lawson is set to be the first former NBA player to play in the Basketball Africa League.

US Monastir is currently 13-4 and are 3rd in the Tunisian Basketball League. Sadly, the overall statistics are not available for this league.

Desmond Hubert – Al-Arabi (Kuwait)

Desmond Hubert has been playing this season in Kuwait after signing a contract this summer with Al-Arabi. I spoke with Desmond last week and he is flying back to the United States of America and he will be looking for a new professional team.

Marcus Ginyard – 343 Professional Overseas Games

Marcus Ginyard has retired from professional basketball after playing 343 professional basketball games across Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Romania, France and Macedonia.

The 2009 National Champion is a very well-respected player in professional basketball and will be missed on the court.

I hope you enjoyed this update on the Tar Heels Overseas, for the most up-to-date news, follow @britishtarheel on Twitter.

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