Tar Heels Overseas Update

In the 2021/22 season, 17 Tar Heels are playing professionally overseas. This is the latest update on the Tar Heels Overseas with the latest statistics and highlights.

James McAdoo is in the Top 5 Scorers in the Japanese League, Justin Pierce had his revenge game in Germany, Reyshawn Terry took his team to the Final Four in Mexico, Isaiah Hicks is dominating the Korean Basketball League again and so much more.

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James McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (Japan)

James Michael McAdoo is in his second season in Japan and the 2x NBA Champion is having himself a season in Asia. JMM is in the Top 5 Scorers in the B-League, the top-tier of Japanese basketball and leads the league in steals.

McAdoo plays for the Hitachi Sun Rockers and currently sits 3rd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-4. JMM is averaging 21.1 PPG and 8.9 RPG, after putting up 10.92 PPG and 6.24 RPG last season, McAdoo means business.

Hitachi Sun Rockers beat Neophoenix twice earlier this month, the team of fellow Tar Heel, Justin Knox. McAdoo had a huge game with 31 points and 13 boards.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
64-69 (LOSS) vs Hiroshima Dragonflies
27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes

82-69 (WIN) vs Hiroshima Dragonflies
20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks in 33 minutes

70-64 (WIN) vs Neo-Phoenix
31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals in 33 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)2021/2231.521.18.92.21
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kennedy Meeks – Cholet Basket (France)

Kennedy Meeks is another player who has spent a few seasons in Asia but left this season to head to France in Europe. Meeks signed for Cholet Basket this summer to play in one of the best professional leagues in the world.

Meeks is finding his feet in France and has started the past two games. He also had his first Double-Double of the season a few weeks ago with 11 and 10.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
59-102 (LOSS) vs AS Monaco Basket
8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in 18 minutes

81-105 (LOSS) vs Chorale Roaane
11 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist in 23 minutes

91-79 (WIN) vs Limoges CSP
8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 14 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)2021/229.05.434.00.14
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Paige – Orleans Loiret (France)

Marcus Paige went from Eastern Europe to Western Europe this summer after signing for Orleans Loiret in France. Paige is a big part of the French team’s rotation after averaging 33.6 MPG and leading his team in steals.

Orleans has struggled in the Jeep Elite League this season, they are currently 16th out of 18, but do have multiple winnable games coming up including against the 14th, 15th and 17th teams.

Marcus Paige was the latest guest to join The Tar Heel Show and you can listen to him talk about his career overseas, including his UNC Basketball 2021/22 Season Preview:

MOST RECENT GAMES:
95-81 (WIN) vs Nanterre 92
11 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 36 minutes

74-99 (LOSS) vs ASVEL Basket
11 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 29 minutes

52-83 (LOSS) vs Fos Sur Mer
8 points, 3 assists and 1 steal in 37 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)2021/2233.69.433.861.43
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Isaiah Hicks – Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea)

Isaiah Hicks had a great 2020/21 season for Seoul Samsung Thunders, so it was decided he would extend his contract in South Korea. Hicks is playing even better than last year and will be hoping to help push his team up the standings.

Hicks is in the Top 5 Scorers in the Korean Basketball League, also one of the leading shot-blockers in the KBL. The 2017 NCAA Champion is having some great performances this season, including a win against rivals and current leaders of the KBL, Seoul SK, with 22 and 14 coming from Hicks himself.

Seoul Samsung Thunders are currently in 8th place with a record of 5-9.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
75-74 (WIN) vs Seoul SK
22 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes

67-78 (LOSS) vs Ulsan
24 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes

81-76 (WIN) vs Ulsan
29 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes

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)2021/2224.718.797.571.21
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – BAXI Manresa (Spain)

LUUUUUKKKKKKEEEEE! One of the most loved Tar Heels is getting attention in Manresa, Spain. Luke Maye signed for BAXI Manresa in the summer and is playing in probably the best professional league outside the NBA.

Maye has been coming off the bench for the Spanish side who are currently 6th in the Liga ACB. Maye is averaging 6.67 PPG this season but has averaged over 10 PPG in the Basketball Champions League.

BAXI Manresa has some big games coming up in the Liga ACB as they play the 3rd, 4th and 5th teams.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
86-75 (WIN) vs Rio Breogan
10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 17 minutes

72-67 (WIN) vs Pinar Karsiyaka
14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in 17 minutes

82-90 (LOSS) vs Urbas Fuenlabrada
15 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 21 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.615.981.24
BAXI MANRESA (SPAIN)2021/2215.66.673.00.83
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt – Yoast United (Netherlands)

Nate Britt took on a new challenge this season after signing for Yoast United in the newly founded BNXT League, the top-tiers of Dutch and Belgian basketball.

Britt is an important contributor to Yoast United, leading his team in assists, third in scoring and second in minutes and steals.

Britt is having himself a great season with scoring highs of 20 points and two games with 8 assists. Yoast United have a record of 2-5 in the 2021/22 season.

Britt has played in Scotland, Cyprus and Germany over the past few seasons.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
69-79 (LOSS) vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
9 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in 37 minutes

85-76 (WIN) vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 38 minutes

81-87 (LOSS) vs Basketball Academie Limburg
18 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in 36 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)2021/2230.112.435.04.0
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

Deon Thompson found himself in his old stomping grounds of Spain again, after returning from his summer of playing in Puerto Rico.

Thompson reached the playoffs with Leones de Ponce, but they were knocked out with a shot from the opponents half from a buzzer-beater. Heartbreaking.

Thompson is back in the Liga ACB and will be hoping to help his new side, Zaragoza. Thompson has only played four games so far and will be hoping to improve the team’s record of 4-6.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
78-84 (LOSS) vs Joventut Badalona
10 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes

82-72 (WIN) vs Real Betis
7 points and 7 rebounds in 26 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)202125.815.156.270.58
CASADEMONT ZARAGOZA (SPAIN)2021/2216.35.83.00.2
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (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.

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

JP Tokoto was a high-flyer in Chapel Hill and has been replicating that in Israel the past few seasons.

Tokoto is in his second year with Hapoel Tel Aviv and is the leader in RPG for his side, as well as in the Top 3 Scorers.

JP will be hoping to improve on Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 2-4 start to the season, even with the big numbers he has been producing.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
67-62 (WIN) vs Hapoel Unet Holon
11 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes

76-90 (LOSS) vs Ironi Nez Ziona
9 points and 11 rebounds in 30 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)2021/2229.010.671.678.67
Statistics are up to date as of November 15h (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Jawad Williams – Yamagata Wyverns (Japan)

Jawad Williams signed for a new team this year in Japan and will be playing for Yamagata Wyverns in the second-tier of Japanese basketball. Yamagata is currently 9-4 and in 5th place.

Williams is now 38 years old and is not slowing down. He is the second-leading scorer on the team with 10.7 PPG and averaging over 24 MPG.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
67-65 (WIN) vs Bambitious Nara
19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes

98-95 (WIN) vs Bambitious Nara
15 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist in 15 minutes

61-67 (LOSS) vs Sendai 89ers
11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 29 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)2021/2224.210.74.72.0
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Justin Pierce – Wiha Panthers (Germany)

Justin Pierce has had a busy month, he was released by the VfL Kircheim Knights as it “didn’t work out”, a couple of weeks later he was picked up by the Wiha Panthers and then he played for the Wiha Panthers against the Kircheim Knights and was the leading scorer in the win, what a month!

If you follow Tar Heel International, you will recognise the Wiha Panthers as that was the team of Nate Britt’s last season. Pierce is on fire as of late and averaging over 18 PPG in the second-tier of German basketball.

Wiha Panthers are currently in 8th place with a 5-4 record, they finished in 6th last season and Pierce will be hoping to help take the Panthers to the playoffs.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
92-86 (WIN) vs Uni Baskets Paderborn
24 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 36 minutes

78-72 (WIN) vs VfL Kircheim Knights
24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 37 minutes

96-85 (WIN) vs VFL Astrostars Bochum
20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 33 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
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (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.

After a tough start to the season, the Grouses have a record of 4-10 after a three-win streak including two wins against Justin Knox’s Neophoenix.

Johnson has come off the bench this season in the top-tier of Japanese basketball and providing some big points and boards for his team.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
90-89 (WIN) vs Neophoenix
7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 12 minutes

92-77 (WIN) vs Neophoenix
12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes

94-80 (WIN) vs Kyoto Hannaryz
11 points, 7 rebounds,2 assists, 1 steal and block in 15 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)2021/2216.48.796.930.36
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Kolossos Rhodes (Greece)

Kenny Williams has been on fire this season, with 4 out of 7 games that Williams has scored 4 or more three-pointers in a game.

Williams was known for heating up in the NBA G-League with the Austin Spurs and has now transitioned his game to overseas basketball.

Kolossos Rhodes are 5-2 this season.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
82-59 (WIN) vs GS Lavrio
16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 32 minutes

85-82 (WIN) vs AEK Athens
14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 32 minutes

88-81 (WIN) vs Ionikos Nikaias BC
21 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
KOLOSSOS RHODES (GREECE)2021/2232.314.02.713.29
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (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 proved last season at the Glasgow Rocks that he is a top scorer and that has continued with his new side. Keeling is averaging 19 PPG in Georgia.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
93-78 (WIN) vs Mega Tbilisi
25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes

70-78 (LOSS) vs TSU Tbilisi
21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
BC RUSTAVI (GEORGIA)2021/2229.819.02.54.8
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Reyshawn Terry – Plateros de Fresnillo (Mexico)

Reyshawn Terry at 37 years old is in the Top 5 Scorers of the top-tier of Mexican basketball. Terry plays for Plateros de Fresnillo and finished 6th in the Mexican LNBP.

The 2005 NCAA Champion has been performing at a very high level this season and helped his team reach the Semi-Finals in the playoffs. Terry’s side lost 3-2 in the series.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
92-96 (LOSS) vs Fuerza Regia
13 points and 4 rebounds in 28 minutes

85-82 (WIN) vs Fuerza Regia
24 points and 8 rebounds in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
ANYANG KGC (SOUTH KOREA)2018/1932.020.679.641.33
MINEROS DE ZACATECAS (MEXICO)2019/2030.714.56.261.74
PLATEROS DE FRESNILLO (MEXICO)2021/2226.717.05.31.33
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Justin Knox – Neo-Phoenix (Japan)

Justin Knox has faced two Tar Heels over the past month, Brice Johnson and James McAdoo. Sadly for Knox, his team wasn’t able to get a win in those games and is currently on a 6 game losing streak.

Knox did put up 18 points against McAdoo’s Hitachi Sun Rockers twice and 12 and 11 points against Johnson’s Toyama Grouses.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
89-90 (LOSS) vs Toyama Grouses
12 points and 3 rebounds in 30 minutes

80-91 (LOSS) vs Hitachi Sun Rockers
18 points and 6 rebounds in 34 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)2021/2226.912.06.140.36
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

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

Have you listened to The Tar Heel Show? It’s a podcast with former UNC basketball players talking about their time in Chapel Hill and so much more.

The latest episode is with Marcus Paige and he talks about the current 2021/22 basketball season to share his excitement, as well as looking back on his UNC Basketball career and playing overseas in Serbia. Watch the episode below:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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Joel Berry’s Reaction to UNC vs Elizabeth City State

Joel Berry II will be keeping a close eye on the University of North Carolina Basketball Team this season, but for different reasons compared to previous seasons. This summer, Joel packed away his sneakers to pick up a microphone in his new role with the ACC Network as a Sports Analyst.

UNC Basketball hosted Elizabeth City State University on Friday night and it was the first time we were able to see the new-look Tar Heels take the floor. UNC took the 83-55 win with Dawson Garcia, Armando Bacot and Brady Manek combining for 51 points.

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Joel Berry spoke to Tar Heel International about his takeaways for the Exhibition Game against Elizabeth State University:

Obviously there was some first half jitters that caused too many turnovers in the first half. It was the first time playing in front of a large crowd at home since March 2020.

University of North Carolina have so many scoring options and they will shoot A LOT of three’s this season. Offensive rebounding is a tradition of UNC and is still key, even with a revamped offense.

Dawson Garcia, Brady Manek and Justin McKoy are already making a huge impact after transferring in this past summer.

I loved the defense intensity coming out of half-time. Carolina has many weapons in the front and back court. The Tar Heels still have to cut down on the turnovers and the guards need to continue to play fast, while under control.

We see that Carolina are obviously very talented with tons of versatility. This revamped offense will shoot so many 3’s this season with the ability of our new transfer big-men to step outside.

You can see the development already of Caleb Love and R.J. Davis. Like Coach Williams, Coach Davis continues the play of two point guards, which will result in the tempo being fast with Davis or Love being able to catch the outlet and push it up.

I love how this team looks and they are a really scary team with the amount of talent and scoring options they have.

Follow Joel Berry II on Twitter at @JoelBerryII

Go Heels!

Have you listened to The Tar Heel Show? It’s a podcast with former UNC basketball players talking about their time in Chapel Hill and so much more.

The latest episode is with Marcus Paige and he talks about the current 2021/22 basketball season to share his excitement, as well as looking back on his UNC Basketball career and playing overseas in Serbia. Watch the episode below:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

Follow @britishtarheel on Twitter for all the updates on Tar Heels Basketball and subscribe to Tar Heel International.

Ty Lawson will be the first former NBA player to play in the Basketball Africa League

Third time’s a charm… Ty Lawson has 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.

For all the latest updates on Tar Heels playing professionally overseas, follow @britishtarheel on Twitter and @britishtarheel on Instagram.

Ty Lawson has been on the move as of late after his time playing in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Fujian Sturgeons. Lawson signed for Kolossos Rhodes in the Greek Basket League in the summer, after the move was delayed due to Lawson not being able to leave China due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lawson then supposedly signed for Mets de Guaynobo, who are currently in the playoffs in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, the top-tier of Puerto Rican basketball. Although, reports have come out that the two teams could not reach a deal.

However, it looks like Lawson has found himself a new team after the Tunisian club, US Monastir has announced it on their social media.

Lawson was a member of the 2009 National Championship Team and in many people’s opinions, one of the best point guards to come out of the University of North Carolina. Lawson went on to play 587 NBA games from 2009 to 2017.

Ty Lawson is one of the biggest names the newly founded league has had (except J.Cole) and would be sure to bring lots of eyes to the Basketball Africa League. US Monastir also plays in the Championnat National A, the top-tier of Tunisian basketball.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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Tar Heels in the NBA – October Review

The 75th NBA season tipped off this month and 11 Tar Heels are taking to the NBA floor this season; Harrison Barnes, Cole Anthony, Nassir Little, Cam Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Danny Green, Coby White, Wayne Ellington, Tony Bradley, Day’Ron Sharpe and Ed Davis.

Tar Heel International will provide the latest statistics and highlights on the Tar Heels playing in the NBA.

Harrison Barnes is taking all the headlines with his performances through October. Reggie Bullock has found himself a new location this season after signing for Dallas. Danny Green signed a two-year extension at Philadelphia 76ers. Nassir Little is reminding everyone how good he can be in Portland. Tony Bradley headed up north to Chicago to join fellow Tar Heel, Coby White and Day’Ron Sharpe is the newest Tar Heel to play in the NBA.

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Harrison Barnes – Sacramento Kings

Harrison Barnes has started the season like a man on a mission. I’m putting it out there, very very early Most Improved Player race! Yes, that is early.

Barnes started the season grabbing all the headlines with 36 points in a win against the Trail Blazers, it was a great performance by Harrison but that was not the only time the media would be all over Barnes. Two days later, Barnes had 25 points and 15 boards in his next game (a career-high of rebounds in a game). That game ended in a loss to the Jazz.

You would have seen Harrison Barnes all over your timelines this past week again after the Kings took on the Suns and the ball was given to HB to take home the win… he delivered. Barnes broke the Suns hearts with a buzzer-beater three-pointer to take the win and if you didn’t know, now you do… Harrison Barnes means business this year.

Barnes is in the Top 20 Scorers as of October in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings 7th in Western Conference Standings with a 3-3 record.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
124-121 (WIN) vs Portland Trail Blazers
36 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 36 minutes

101-111 (LOSS) vs Utah Jazz
25 points, 15 rebounds and 2 steals in 38 minutes

110-107 (WIN) vs Phoenix Suns
22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 39 minutes

113-109 (WIN) vs New Orleans Pelicans
18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists in 37 minutes

99-105 (LOSS) vs Dallas Mavericks
15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
SACRAMENTO KINGS2019/2034.514.54.92.2
SACRAMENTO KINGS2020/2136.216.16.63.5
SACRAMENTO KINGS2021/2237.323.310.32.7
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Cole Anthony – Orlando Magic

There were some questions early to see how the rotations were going to work at the Orlando Magic with the addition of Jalen Suggs, into a roster already including Markell Fultz, Michael Carter-Williams and of course, Cole Anthony. Fultz and MCW have been out with injuries, given opportunities for Cole and Suggs to build chemistry as a backcourt partnership.

Cole Anthony’s best game so far was his visit to his hometown of New York, where Cole had 29 points, 16 rebounds (a career-high for rebounds in a game) and 8 assists in a win against the Knicks.

Orlando is currently joint bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-6. Anthony has been averaging 33.2 MPG and will be hoping to help lead his team to more wins in November.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
110-104 (WIN) vs New York Knicks
29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in 34 minutes

111-120 (LOSS) vs Charlotte Hornets
24 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes

109-110 (LOSS) vs Toronto Raptors
24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes

103-110 (LOSS) vs Detroit Pistons
15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
ORLANDO MAGIC2020/2127.112.94.74.1
ORLANDO MAGIC2021/2233.217.77.45.3
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Coby White – Chicago Bulls

Coby White got injured during the summer when away from the team, after having surgery White would be out until mid-November.

Although, the Chicago Bulls did exercise Coby’s fourth-year option on his contract and obviously have belief in the future of White after averaging 15.1 PPG and 4.8 APG in his second NBA season.

Hopefully, we’ll see White hit the court soon and kick off his 2021/22 season.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
CHICAGO BULLS2019/2025.813.22.73.5
CHICAGO BULLS2020/2131.215.14.84.1
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Cam Johnson – Phoenix Suns

Cam Johnson had a memorable season last year, that saw him gain a major role with the Phoenix Suns and reach the NBA Finals. Johnson will be hoping for more success this season and going that extra step.

Johnson has been coming off the bench for the Suns and averaging 21 MPG and 7 PPG. Cam is the go-to option on the wing and attempting five 3 pointers a game.

Cam could have made the headlines worldwide when he tried to attempt to poster LeBron James in the Suns win against the Lakers. Although, he did score 8 points in the NBA Western Conference 2021 Finals rematch.

The Suns have started the season with a 2-3 record and will be hoping to turn that around soon if they want to replicate the same success as last season.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
98-110 (LOSS) vs Denver Nuggets
11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 23 minutes

115-105 (WIN) vs Los Angeles Lakers
8 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes

101-92 (WIN) vs Cleveland Cavaliers
10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 24 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
PHOENIX SUNS2019/2022.08.81.23.3
PHOENIX SUNS2020/2124.09.61.43.3
PHOENIX SUNS2021/2221.07.01.02.4
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Nassir Little – Portland Trail Blazers

Nassir Little is reminding people why he was once one of the top young players in the country with his impact at the start of this season. Little has started two out of the five games for the Blazers and averaged over 25 MPG.

People have been impressed with Little’s contribution so far with his numbers improving over his previous two seasons. It has also been noted about what Little is bringing to the team that is not on the stat sheet and that always pleases fans.

Little is on a well-established team in the Blazers and will be hoping to support the strong backcourt of Lillard and McCollum. The Trail Blazers are currently 8th in the Western Conference with a 3-3 record in October.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
134-105 (WIN) vs Phoenix Suns
11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 27 minutes

86-116 (LOSS) vs Los Angeles Clippers
10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 31 minutes

111-92 (WIN) vs Los Angeles Clippers
8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 24 minutes

113-125 (LOSS) vs Charlotte Hornets
8 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2019/2011.93.62.30.3
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2020/2113.34.62.70.1
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2021/2224.18.85.70.8
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Wayne Ellington – Los Angeles Lakers

Wayne Ellington headed to Hollywood this summer and returned to the Los Angeles Lakers, giving him his best shot of an NBA Championship. The NCAA Champion was recording over 20 MPG in pre-season before he got a Grade 1 hamstring strain and has so far missed the regular-season games.

Ellington should be back on the court soon and it will be interesting to see how the 2009 Most Oustanding Player will fit into this Lakers squad, with rumours in the off-season that Ellington could feature in the starting lineup.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
NEW YORK KNICKS2019/2015.55.11.20.4
DETROIT PISTONS2020/2122.09.61.50.4
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Danny Green – Philadelphia 76ers

3x NBA Champion and 2009 NCAA Champion, Danny Green signed a two-year extension to keep him in Philadelphia after having three teams in the past three seasons.

Danny Green is continuing his role as a starter this season for the Sixers and averages over 24 MPG. The Philadelphia 76ers have been in the news a lot recently, due to the Ben Simmons situation, but Green has helped his team to a 4-2 start to the regular season with his 5.8 PPG. The 76ers are 6th in the Eastern Conference.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
115-103 (WIN) vs Oklahoma City Thunder
11 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 28 minutes

99-112 (LOSS) vs New York Knicks
12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 24 minutes

122-94 (WIN) vs Atlanta Hawks
6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
LOS ANGELES LAKERS2019/2024.08.03.31.3
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2020/2128.09.53.81.3
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2021/2224.15.82.71.2
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Reggie Bullock – Dallas Mavericks

Reggie Bullock headed back to the Western Conference this summer after signing for the Dallas Mavericks. Bullock has suited up for the Clippers, Suns and Lakers over his 9 year NBA career in the West.

Bullock joins the star-studded team led by Luka Doncic and first-year Head Coach, Jason Kidd. It took Reggie a couple of games to get going in the 2021/22 season, but in his third game against the Houston Rockets, Bullock showed signs of heating up that we saw last season. Bullock contributed with 16 points and 4 from behind the arc in their win against their state rivals.

At the end of October, Dallas Mavericks are 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 4-2, with Bullock averaging 20.5 MPG and 6.5 PPG.

highlighted most recent games:
116-106 (W) vs Houston Rockets

16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 17 minutes

104-99 (W) vs San Antonio Spurs
7 points and 2 rebounds in 29 minutes

105-99 (WIN) vs Sacramento Kings
7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
NEW YORK KNICKS2019/2023.68.12.31.4
NEW YORK KNICKS2020/2130.010.93.41.5
DALLAS MAVERICKS2021/2220.56.52.50.7
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Tony Bradley – Chicago Bulls

Tony Bradley joined fellow Tar Heel, Coby White, in Chicago this summer. The new-look Bulls with the additions of DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball have been flying since Opening Day with a 5-1 record through October, sitting them 4th in the Eastern Conference.

Bradley has featured in three games this season with 7.3 MPG and 2.0 PPG.

highlighted most recent games:
103-104 (LOSS) vs New York Knicks
2 points and 3 rebounds in 6 minutes

107-99 (WIN) vs Utah Jazz
2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 13 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
UTAH JAZZ2019/2011.44.94.60.6
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2020/2114.45.55.20.7
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER2020/2118.08.76.10.8
CHICAGO BULLS2021/227.32.02.71.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Day’Ron Sharpe – Brooklyn Nets

Day’Ron Sharpe was the next on the list of Tar Heels to play in the NBA after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 29th pick of the NBA Draft 2021 and traded to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were touted to be quite interested in Sharpe and they got their man this summer.

Sharpe has only featured in four games this season and has been averaging 3.4 MPG, but the 19-year-old is a prospect and the Nets are hoping to see him reach the potential they believe he can.

Sharpe scored his first points in the NBA in a win against the Washington Wizards and to no Tar Heel fans surprise, it was an under the basket power move that we saw so much of last season.

It is thought we could see Sharpe get some minutes for Brooklyn’s G-League Affiliate Team, the Long Island Nets, but currently, Sharpe is playing with some of the best players in the world as his teammates and looking to learn as much as possible.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
104-90 (WIN) vs Washington Wizards
2 points in 4 minutes

117-91 (WIN) vs Detroit Pistons
5 points and 2 rebounds in 6 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPG
BROOKLYN NETS2021/223.41.80.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Ed Davis – Cleveland Cavaliers

Ed Davis is now on his eighth NBA team after signing for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. The NCAA 2009 Champion has been a solid role player since entering the NBA in 2010 and will be hoping to be an influential veteran on this relatively young Cavaliers team.

Davis has only played 3 minutes this season and we’ll see if he gets more playing time in the rotation of Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s system. The Cavaliers are currently 11th with a 3-4 record.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
UTAH JAZZ2019/2010.81.83.80.3
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES2020/2113.02.15.00.6
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS2021/221.50.00.50.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Tar Heels in the G-League

Theo Pinson was signed by the Boston Celtics this summer, then waived. He was then signed to their G-League Affiliate Team, the Maine Celtics.

Justin Jackson was signed by the Dallas Mavericks but was waived a day later. He then went on to sign for their G-League Affiliate Team, the Texas Legends.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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How will the Tar Heels fare in Coach Davis’ first season? Former players make their predictions for the upcoming season.

Basketball season is just around the corner and we’re about to see a brand new University of North Carolina Basketball Team take the floor. A first-year coach, three new transfers, a young core with some exciting freshmen coming to Chapel Hill.

What can we expect this year? How far will the Tar Heels go? We all have predictions of what’s going to happen. Hear from the former players who were once in their position.

Tar Heel International spoke with Marcus Ginyard, Marcus Paige, Garrison Brooks, Joel James, Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce, Baden Jaxen, Leslie McDonald, Jawad Williams, Kennedy Meeks and Bobby Frasor to hear their takes and predictions on the upcoming 2021/22 season for the UNC Basketball Team.

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Marcus Ginyard (2005-2010) has had a close eye on the current Tar Heels, from working out with the team in the off-season to commentating at Late Night. Marcus has got lots of questions and time will answer them.

“We’ve got all the talent to be a successful team, we’ve got a couple of transfers in that’s not always easy to get that chemistry, what will we look like if we lose a couple in a row… will we stay together?”

Marcus Ginyard speaking to Tar Heel International

“We have great leadership, even from our transfers. It will come down to Caleb and Armando, will they accept the challenge to be the best players in the country? Are we getting to get the leadership and poise from Brady and Leaky? Are we going to defend?”

Marcus Ginyard speaking to Tar Heel International

“I’m super excited, I think all those pieces will fall into place. Will we see Coach Davis take a big step as Head Coach? Will Caleb and Armando take huge steps into being an All-American type of conversations and really winning the games for us when tight and close? Reminds me of Harrison Barnes. It’s a huge challenge and we’re going to see.”

Marcus Ginyard speaking to Tar Heel International

Marcus Paige (2012-2016) will go down as one of the greatest guards to come out of the University of North Carolina and has high expectations for the current guards and is excited for the season ahead.

“When people ask me this, I always say it depends on how RJ and Caleb play. The back-court is deep and it will come down to them. They showed spurts of greatness as freshmen, but it was rocky. It’s tough, I’ve been there. The front-court depending on what game it is, I see some different combinations that can really do different things really well. You can go big-big or go small ball and great shooting. It’s going to be fun to see how they tinker with it.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

“I am so excited to see them play. I’m seeing different things from the Instagram videos they’re releasing, better spacing, I’m seeing different reads guys were not making early in their career. I’m super excited to see the product they put on the floor. I hope RJ and Caleb stay grounded and know if they don’t hit the ground running, it’s not the end of the world. It’s a new coach, a new system. They’re still young. It’s a long grind. It’s a process that will need to mature.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

“They have the versatility, they have the depth, there’s no reason they can’t be in the conversation to be one of the best teams.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

Garrison Brooks (2017-2021) is a former Preseason ACC Player of the Year and is a former teammate of half the current team. Garrison has a huge prediction for Caleb Love.

“I personally predict Mando is going to have a great year and we’ll see huge jumps from RJ and Caleb. Caleb will be one of the best guards in America.”

Garrison Brooks speaking to Tar Heel International

Joel James (2012-2016) spent four years in Chapel Hill, playing with some of the greatest Tar Heels. Joel gives an exciting prediction on the current UNC Basketball Team, who he worked out with this summer.

“Justin has a chance to be the sixth man of the year if he comes off the bench. Dawson is one of the most skilled bigs I’ve seen come through Carolina, his fundamentals are beyond solid, and he has a smooth and confident pace to his game.”

Joel James speaking to Tar Heel International

“Caleb has the same toughness and grit to his game that reminds me of Joel Berry. Leaky could be the best defender in the league, if not top 3 easily.”

Joel James speaking to Tar Heel International

Kennedy Meeks (2013-2017) knew how to perform in a Final Four (see Oregan game in 2017) and now he has the same expectations for the current Tar Heels.

“I think they will go to the Final Four. My starters would be RJ, Caleb, Kerwin, Brady and Mando. That’s a really really really strong five and I think Caleb Love will have an ACC Player of the Year season, honestly!”

Kennedy Meeks speaking to Tar Heel International

Leslie McDonald (2009-2014) has full belief in Coach Davis and Caleb Love and is not holding back.

“I believe the Heels have a great chance to win it all. Of course, I’m bias but when you actually look at the size and depth of our team, it’s a given! I believe this could be Caleb Love break out year. He has a year under his belt, therefore the game becomes more natural.”

Leslie McDonald speaking to Tar Heel International

“Our team has tenure, so with the returning guys as well as our freshman class we look really good. Not to mention we have Coach Davis! I believe Tar Heel Nation is going to be surprised by the style of play this year.”

Leslie McDonald speaking to Tar Heel International

Justin Pierce (2019-2020) only spent one year at the University of North Carolina and is now entering his second season overseas in Europe. Pierce will be keeping a close eye on the Tar Heels this season.

“I think Bacot, Manek and Garcia as a 3 man rotation will be really fun to watch. I think they as a team will shoot the ball really well this year which will help a lot with spacing – especially Manek and Walton! I think the starting 5 is Love, Davis, Walton, Manek and Bacot. It’ll be fun to see how the rotation plays out because there is just so much talent on this roster.”

Justin Pierce speaking to Tar Heel International

Jawad Williams (2001-2005) has won the last game while he was with the UNC Basketball Team and is expecting big from the young guys.

“I think this is a 22 win season, minimum. Dontrez Styles will compete for playing time and it’s between Caleb or Armando for the best player on the team. Also, I’ve named Brady the Bearded Bucket Getter.”

Jawad Williams speaking to Tar Heel International

Christian Keeling (2019-2020) understands the assignment with UNC Basketball and believes we will still see a lot of the traditional Tar Heels we’re used to.

“Always looking to win the ACC and win the natty that’s just the standard. I think depth will be their biggest advantage for sure and we going to always rebound the hell out of the ball. It will be a fun season for sure… I can’t wait!”

Christian Keeling speaking to Tar Heel International

Some Tar Heels are just excited to see Coach Hubert Davis and ready to take it all in. Baden Jaxen (2009-2013) and Bobby Frasor (2005-2009) share their excitement.

“I’m excited to see how the organization is just in general with it being Coach Davis’ first year being Head Coach. I am excited to see Caleb Love this season. I like his game.”

Baden Jaxen speaking to Tar Heel International

“I don’t have many hot takes or predictions. I’m excited to watch them this year. Mostly excited to see how Hubert runs things.”

Bobby Frasor speaking to Tar Heel International

The Carolina Family have high expectations, as do the fans. A lot of people are excited to see Caleb Love and Armando Bacot lead this team and believe the new additions will complement the core already there.

Personally, I think Coach Davis could have a Coach Guthridge type season. The talent is there and with Coach Davis likely putting his modern spin on the Carolina Way, I believe the players will buy-in. We’re a dark horse in the race, get excited Tar Heel fans!

I hope you enjoyed the predictions from the Carolina Family. Let me know at @britishtarheel on Twitter what you think is going to happen.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

Follow @britishtarheel on Twitter for all the updates on Tar Heels Basketball and subscribe to Tar Heel International.

Deon Thompson returns to Spain and signs for Basket Zaragoza

The all-time appearance leader for the University of North Carolina, Deon Thompson, is returning to his stomping ground of Spain to play for Basket Zaragoza in the Liga ACB.

Deon Thompson is one of the most successful Tar Heels playing professional basketball. The all-time leader in appearances for UNC, also holds the record for the most appearances by a Tar Heel in the Euroleague, in addition to multiple championships across Europe.

For all the latest updates on Tar Heels playing professionally overseas, follow @britishtarheel on Twitter and @britishtarheel on Instagram.

Deon Thompson played last season for Unicaja Malaga in Spain, but instead of taking an off-season, Thompson played professionally in Puerto Rico. Deon signed for Leones de Ponce, one of the most successful teams in Puerto Rico.

Thompson had a great summer in Puerto Rico playing for Leones de Ponce 33 times, averaging 15.15 PPG and 6.27 RPG. He had a season-high of 27 points with 10 boards to match. Leones de Ponce reached the playoffs but was knocked out from a wild buzzer-beater from the opponents half.

Deon Thompson spoke to Tar Heel International about the move to Zaragorza:

“They were in a need of someone like me. It’s a good opportunity to re-establish myself in Spain, after having a quiet year last season over there.”

Deon Thompson speaking to Tar Heel International

Basket Zaragoza has started the season with a 3-4 record and will also be competing in the FIBA Europe Cup this year. Zaragoza has already played Luke Maye’s BAXI Manresa this season and got the better of them. The next time the Tar Heels will match up is in February. Thompson will be hoping to continue his success in Zaragoza, which has followed him throughout his basketball career.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
LEONES DE PONCE (PUERTO RICO)202125.815.156.270.58
Statistics are up to date as of October 29th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast last season, to talk about his time overseas and his experiences in Chapel Hill.

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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Ty Lawson signs for Mets de Guaynobo in Puerto Rico

Ty Lawson was not without a team for long, after mutually agreeing termination of his contract for Kolossos Rhodes in Greece, Lawson has signed for Mets de Guaynobo in Puerto Rico.

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Ty Lawson signed for Kolossos Rhodes in the Greek Basket League in the summer, after the move was delayed due to Lawson not being able to leave China due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lawson is joining Mets de Guaynobo, who are currently in the playoffs in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, the top-tier of Puerto Rican basketball.

The Mets are currently leading 3-1 against Leones de Ponce in the Quarter-Finals. Leones de Ponce have a familiar face for Lawson, his former teammate from the 2009 National Championship Team, Deon Thompson.

The playoffs are made up of best of 7 games, with the next game being played today, it is unsure if Lawson will be available for tonight’s game.

Lawson was a member of the 2009 National Chanpionship Team and in many people’s opinions, one of the best point guards to come out of the University of North Carolina. Lawson went on to play 587 NBA games from 2009 to 2017.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to the YouTube Channel for the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast for all episodes with former UNC basketball players.

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 and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry II, Kennedy Meeks, Marcus Ginyard, Jawad Williams, Deon Thompson, Bobby Frasor, Nate Britt, Justin Pierce, Leslie McDonald, Brandon Robinson, Baden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Castbox and Anchor FM.

Follow @britishtarheel on Twitter for all the updates on Tar Heels Overseas and subscribe to Tar Heel International.

Tar Heels Overseas Update

The start of the professional basketball season has started with a bang and many Tar Heels have had a great start to their season. Deon Thompson has reached the playoffs in Puerto Rico, Christian Keeling dropped 26 points on his debut in Georgia, Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks faced each other in France and much more.

Here is the latest update on Marcus Paige, Deon Thompson, JP Tokoto, James McAdoo, Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson, Luke Maye, Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce, Jawad Williams, Nate Britt, Desmond Hubert, Isaiah Hicks, Kenny Williams, Ty Lawson, Reyshawn Terry and Justin Knox.

Tar Heel International will provide the latest statistics, interviews and highlights on the Tar Heels playing overseas.

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Marcus Paige – Orleans Loiret (France)

Marcus Paige will be hearing different fans scream his name for the first time in three seasons. Paige had spent that past three seasons in Partizan in Serbia, but this summer Paige made the move to Orleans (an hour outside Paris) in France to play for Orleans Loiret in the top-tier of French basketball.

Paige will be going up against some of the top talent in Europe with the French league being considered as one of the best leagues overseas. One of Paige’s opponents this season will be Victor Wembanyama, the predicted number 1 pick of NBA Draft 2023.

This weekend, Marcus Paige faced up against a familiar face, his former teammate, Kennedy Meeks. Paige ended the game with 13 points and 5 steals and the bragging rights over Kennedy until the next time they meet in April.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
88-81 (WIN) vs Cholet Basket
13 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 5 steals in 34 minutes.

72-89 (LOSS) vs Le Portal
14 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals in 38 minutes
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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)2021/2236.013.54.53.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Leones des Ponce (Puerto Rico)

Deon Thompson is one of the most successful Tar Heels playing professional basketball. The all-time leader in appearances for UNC, also holds the record for the most appearances by a Tar Heel in the Euroleague, in addition to multiple championships across Europe.

Thompson recently finished his time in Spain, but instead of taking an off-season, Thompson played professionally in Puerto Rico. Deon signed for Leones de Ponce, one of the most successful teams in Puerto Rico.

Thompson had started 26 out of 27 games in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional and putting up some of his biggest numbers of recent years, before rolling his ankle near the end of the regular season. Leones de Ponce signed former NBA player, Kenneth Faried as a short-term replacement ahead of their run to the playoffs.

Deon Thompson spoke to Tar Heel International about his time in Puerto Rico:

“The recovery has been going well. I am thankful for that. The team had signed Kenneth (Faried) to finish out the regular season. We finished in second place. Hoping to win the championship here before I’ll be off to another team. The finals will be in November.”

Deon Thompson speaking to Tar Heel International

MOST RECENT GAMES:
105-87 (WIN) vs Indios de Mayaguez
12 points, 1 rebound and 2 steals in 19 minutes.

119-104 (WIN) vs Cariduros de Fajardo
15 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes.

119-123 (LOSS) vs Cariduros de Fajardo
16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 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)202126.015.486.260.52
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Jean-Pierre Tokoto entertained the fans in Chapel Hill from 2012 to 2015 and ever since, he has continued this to fans across the world, playing in the NBA G-league, Australia, Spain and Israel.

Tokoto signed a contract extension at Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel, after having a great year in the Israeli Basketball Premier League after averaging 13 PPG and became an important starter for his side.

Tokoto has been performing well in pre-season and his first game of the regular season is on 11th October.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPGSPG
HAPOEL EILAT (ISRAEL)2018/1928.113.423.187.611.45
IRONI NES ZIONA (ISRAEL)2019/2031.414.214.146.292.21
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2020/2128.113.644.575.291.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

James McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (Japan)

James McAdoo, 2x NBA Champion, has started his new season in Japan like a man on the mission. McAdoo played in the top-tier of Japanese basketball last season and averaged 10.92 PPG and 6.24 RPG, before reaching the playoffs.

McAdoo has played internationally in Italy, Turkey and Serbia before heading to Asia to play for the Hitachi Sun Rockers. James McAdoo has been the leading scorer for Hitachi Sun Rockers in their first three games of the regular season.

James McAdoo spoke to Tar Heel International about the start to his season in Japan:

“I think the start has been good. We won our first two games which were really important and have 9 games this month. If we can get through this month with a good record, that will be great. In a season of 60 games, every game is really important. Especially in the beginning.”

James McAdoo speaking to Tar Heel International

MOST RECENT GAMES:
94-83 (WIN) vs Akita
22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 30 minutes

93-88 (WIN) vs Nagoya
18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes.

80-77 (WIN) vs Nagoya
26 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist in 30 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)2021/2231.822.09.01.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kennedy Meeks – Cholet Basket (France)

This summer, Kennedy Meeks signed for Cholet Basket and will be playing his first season overseas in Europe. Since leaving Chapel Hill, Meeks has spent some time in the NBA G-league, before heading to Japan and South Korea.

Meeks arrived in France last week and was straight into the action with two games, including a game against his former teammate, Marcus Paige. Meeks has come off the bench for his first two games of the season.

Kennedy Meeks spoke to Tar Heel International about his recent move to France:

“France is somewhere I always wanted to go and it’s a very unique opportunity for me and my career. I’m excited about meeting the team and trying to go on a championship run.”

Kennedy Meeks speaking to Tar Heel International

MOST RECENT GAMES:
88-81 (LOSS) vs Orleans Loiret
5 points and 5 rebounds in 16 minutes

77-80 (LOSS) vs Pau-Orthez
1 assist in 2 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)2021/229.02.52.50.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Brice Johnson – Toyama Grouses (Japan)

A player who is going the other way to Kennedy Meeks and trading Europe for Asia, Brice Johnson signed for Toyama Grouses in Japan this summer. The former NBA player is one of four Tar Heels playing in Japan this season.

In 2019, Brice took his talents overseas and has been able to see all over the world. Johnson has played for teams in Puerto Rico, Italy, France and last season in Ukraine. Last season, Johnson played for BC Budivelynk, the most successful team in Ukraine, he led his team in RPG, BPG, SPG and averaged 13 PPG in 24 minutes.

Toyama Grouses haven’t started the season too well and are still looking for their first win of the season.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
71-96 (LOSS) vs Toyota Alvark
15 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 22 minutes.

41-55 (LOSS) vs Shinshu Brave Warriors
8 points and 10 rebounds in 16 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)2021/2216.28.337.330.67
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – BAXI Manresa (Spain)

Luke Maye is staying in Europe this season, after spending last year in Italy, Maye signed for BAXI Manresa in Spain. Last season, Luke Maye suited up for Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italy and made appearances in the EuroCup during his first season overseas. He averaged 11.6 PPG in 25 MPG and helped Trento reach the final playoff spot in the Lega Basket Serie A. 

Maye has already had success in Spain as BAXI Manresa won the Catalan Basketball League, the pre-season competition for teams in Catalonia, Spain. Maye will be playing in the Basketball Champions League this season too, a European cup competition.

BAXI Manresa has had a steady start to the season with a record of 2-3, with Maye starting in two of those games. Maye will be hoping for more success this season and reach the target of the playoffs in the Liga ACB.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
61-105 (LOSS) vs Joventut Badalona
1 steal and 1 rebound in 11 minutes.

81-76 (WIN) vs Ostrow
8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 17 minutes.

74-67 (WIN) vs Baskonia
8 points and 1 rebound in 18 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.615.981.24
BAXI MANRESA (SPAIN)2021/2213.53.61.60.6
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Christian Keeling – BC Rustavi (Georgia)

From Georgia to Georgia, the Augusta native has headed to Georgia in Eastern Europe to play for BC Rustavi 1991, the reigning champions in the Georgia Superliga.

Christian Keeling will be playing his second season in professional basketball after an impressive spell with Glasgow Rocks in the United Kingdom last season and Keeling has started his time in Eastern Europe well.

Christian Keeling has been the leading scorer for BC Rustavi in the first two games with points of 26 and 15. BC Rustavi is still looking for their first win and Keeling looks like he will have to pull out all the stops this year for his side.

Christian Keeling spoke to Tar Heel International about his recent move to Georgia:

“I’m adjusting and getting familiar with the team. I want to win a championship or cup and work myself into a better situation for upcoming years.”

Christian Keeling speaking to Tar Heel International

MOST RECENT GAMES:
78-95 (LOSS) vs Olimpi
26 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 34 minutes.

85-106 (LOSS) vs TSU
15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
BC RUSTAVI (GEORGIA)2021/2232.020.52.07.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com and gbf.ge)

Justin Pierce – VfL Kircheim Knights (Germany)

Another Tar Heel entering his second season of professional basketball, Justin Pierce signed for VfL Kircheim Knights this summer in Germany.

Pierce had a memorable first season as a professional basketball player playing his first season overseas in the top-tier of Finnish Basketball and saw his team Kobrat reach the postseason, for only the second time in the club’s history.

Pierce, signed for Kircheim in the second-tier of German basketball and played 3 games for his new club, but as of this weekend, he has stepped away from his new team and will become a free agent.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
58-89 (LOSS) vs Science City Jena
9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 25 minutes.

70-97 (LOSS) vs Karlsruhe
7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes.

67-83 (LOSS) vs Tubingen
10 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist in 28 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
KOBRAT (FINLAND)2020/2128.016.565.193.5
VFL KIRCHEIM KNIGHTS (GERMANY)2021/2226.68.756.51.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Jawad Williams – Yamagata Wyverns (Japan)

Jawad Williams is the most experienced Tar Heel still playing professional basketball. Williams said on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast, that he has had multiple offers to start coaching basketball, but wants to continue playing while he can.

Jawad Williams signed for a new team this year in Japan and will be playing for Yamagata Wyverns in the second-tier of Japanese basketball. Yamagata has started the season well with a 4-0 record.

Jawad Williams spoke to Tar Heel International about his new move:

“Opened up the season with four wins. Year 17 and I feel great. Same love for the game. Same will and passion to win and get better.”

Jawad Williams speaking to Tar Heel International

Jawad Williams was a constant presence in Chapel Hill this summer, working out with Justin McKoy and Brady Manek and passing on some of his experienced knowledge of the game.

“It was great to be around the guys. Especially being able to teach them.”

Jawad Williams speaking to Tar Heel International

MOST RECENT GAMES:
84-55 (WIN) vs Earthfriends Tokyo
15 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 27 minutes.

81-51 (WIN) vs Earthfriends Tokyo
19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes.

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
YAMAGATA WYVERNS (JAPAN)2021/2226.014.54.32.8
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Nate Britt – Yoast United (Netherlands)

Nate Britt is coming off his greatest season as a professional basketball player after playing in Germany last season. Britt decided to take on a new challenge after signing for Yoast United who play in the brand new BNXT League, the top-tiers of Dutch and Belgian basketball coming together.

Nate Britt spoke to Tar Heel International about the start to his new move:

“The start has been great. We scrimmaged a few Belgian teams for preseason. The experience was needed to see where we were and what we needed to improve on. We have a new team with a lot of young talent. I’m proud of the progression we’ve had in such a short amount of time.”

Nate Britt speaking to Tar Heel International

“This league is very different. It’s obvious that it’s a first league. Teams here are a lot more physical and tactical on the defensive end. There are also many veteran guys in the league who have played at a much higher level in Europe.”

Nate Britt speaking to Tar Heel International

Nate Britt is the starting point guard for Yoast United and has started the season with a 1-1 record for the Dutch side.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
84-57 (WIN) vs Den Helder
8 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.

82-104 (LOSS) vs ZZ Leiden
14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 26 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)2021/2225.111.04.53.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Desmond Hubert – Al Arabi (Kuwait)

Desmond Hubert is embarking on a new adventure this season, after signing for Al-Arabi in Kuwait. Hubert has been playing professional basketball since 2017 playing in Canada, Sweden, Finland, Mexico and most recently Japan.

The season has been delayed in Kuwait and will be starting this month.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
KOPING STARS (SWEDEN)2018/1928.59.766.971.64
LAHTI BASKETBALL (FINLAND)2019/2025.17.084.691.08
KAGOSHIMA REBNISE (JAPAN)2020/2130.213.66.51.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com and rebnise.jp)

Isaiah Hicks – Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea)

Isaiah Hicks is playing for the Seoul Samsung Thunders for the second straight season. Hicks was the star player for the Korean Basketball League (KBL) team this past season, leading the team in PPG, RPG and BPG.

Hicks played 54 games for Seoul last season and started 51 of them. Seoul struggled in the league last year with a record of 24-30, but Hicks’ numbers were impressive. Hicks averaged 17.28 PPG for Seoul and was in the Top 10 Scorers of the KBL. Hicks also led the league in BPG with 1.5.

Isaiah Hicks did make a few appearances in the NBA Summer League this summer for Los Angles Clippers, before heading back to Seoul for the KBL season. Seoul Samsung Thunders started the season off with a win and Hicks led the team in scoring with 22 points.

MOST RECENT GAME:
100-92 (WIN) vs Changwon LG Sakers
22 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist in 22 minutes.

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)2021/2222.022.06.01.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Kolossos Rhodes (Greece)

Kenny Williams was making a name for himself in the NBA G-league with Austin Spurs, but last season Williams headed overseas for the first time. Williams signed for Bnei Herzliya in the top-tier of Israeli basketball, although his time was cut short due to an injury.

Williams headed to Greece this summer and signed for Kolossos Rhodes and will play in the top-tier of Greek Basketball. Kenny was busy this summer after signing with the Charlotte Hornets Summer League Team.

Williams has started his career in Greece with an 8 point game in the season-opener and 19 points in a win this weekend, including 5 from behind the arc.

MOST RECENT GAME:
73-56 (WIN) vs Apollo P Oscar
19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal in 33 minutes.

77-81 (LOSS) vs Ermis Agias Larissa
8 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 33 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
KOLOSSOS RHODES (GREECE)2021/2233.013.53.03.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Ty Lawson – Kollossos Rhodes (Greece)

Ty Lawson was a teammate of Kenny Williams for a month, but Lawson and Kollossos Rhodes mutually terminated Lawson’s time with the Greek side.

Speculation that Lawson could be looking for a move back to China, after issuing a formal apology on his Instagram about the incident that saw his contract terminated by Fujan.

Reyshawn Terry – Plateros de Fresnillo (Mexico)

Reyshawn Terry is one of the most experienced Tar Heels still playing professional basketball. The 2005 NCAA Champion didn’t play in the 2020/21 season, but signed for Plateros de Fresnillo in Mexico and is playing like he hasn’t missed a beat.

Terry had a 35 point game near the start of the season and the 37-year-old is not slowing down. This season, Terry is averaging over 18 PPG in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
82-84 (LOSS) vs Fuerza Regia
14 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 15 minutes.

87-84 (WIN) vs Fuerza Regia
15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes.

84-91 (LOSS) vs Halcones
20 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in 32 minutes.

111-113 (LOSS) vs Halcones
27 points and 8 rebounds in 32 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
ANYANG KGC (SOUTH KOREA)2018/1932.020.679.641.33
MINEROS DE ZACATECAS (MEXICO)2019/2030.714.56.261.74
PLATEROS DE FRESNILLO (MEXICO)2021/2225.918.215.211.79
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Justin Knox – Neo-Phoenix (Japan)

Justin Knox signed for San-en Neo-Phoenix of the B-League 1 this summer, the top-tier of Japanese basketball. Knox most recently played in South Korea for Wonju Dongbu Promy.

Knox has been coming off the bench for his new side and had a 10 and 8 game on his debut for Neo-Phoenix. The Japanese side has started the season with a 1-2 record. Knox will be playing against Brice Johnson and James McAdoo this season.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
64-77 (LOSS) vs Nigata Albirex
3 points and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes

101-96 (WIN) vs Shiga Lakestars
7 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes.

83-93 (LOSS) vs Shiga Lakestars
10 points and 8 rebounds in 20 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)2021/2219.56.676.670.33
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

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Marcus Paige vs Kennedy Meeks in France

In September, Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks signed for their new teams in France. Paige signed for Orléans Loiret and Meeks signed for Cholet Basket and it didn’t take them long to face up against each other, with the two teams going to battle this Saturday and Tar Heel International brings the game recap.

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Paige played for KK Partizan for three seasons with multiple appearances in the EuroCup. If you watched Paige last season, it would be like he was still playing NC State and dominated offensively. Paige broke the club’s record last season for three-pointers in a game.

Meeks has been playing professionally in Asia for the past few seasons with stops in Japan and South Korea. Meeks had a great season during 2019/20, playing in Japan for Levanga Hokkaido and averaged over 20 PPG and 10 RPG. Last season, Meeks played in South Korea for two teams but couldn’t reach the numbers he did the year before. From speaking with Kennedy in the off-season, he’s ready for a big season ahead.

Kennedy Meeks spoke to Tar Heel International before the game about facing his former teammate:

“Yeah I’m looking forward to it, Marcus can remember how I get down. It’s going to be a great game! “

Kennedy Meeks

Orléans Loiret (0-1) hosted Cholet Basket (1-1) and both teams came out aggressive with a few trips to the foul line each. Paige started the game for Orléans Loiret, with Meeks coming off the bench early in the first quarter.

Cholet Basket led most of the first quarter including a field goal from Kennedy, but a late surge from Orléans Loiret and 3 assists from Marcus gave the home side a 23-18 lead after the first quarter. Orléans extended their lead before the half with 5 points coming from Marcus Paige. Orléans led 45-32 to close out the second quarter.

In the second half, we saw Marcus Paige turn up the gas offensively with the all-time leading 3 point scorer for the University of North Carolina knocked down a couple field goals from behind the arc. Kennedy got more court time during the second half and was doing what he does best, crashing the boards and provided his team with a couple field goals.

Closing into the fourth quarter and Cholet Basket was closing the gap to Orléans Loiret but Marcus Paige’s team held on to take the 88-81 win and his team’s first win of the season. Paige led his team in minutes played and helped get the win on both ends of the court with 13 points and 5 steals in the game.

Kennedy Meeks played 16 minutes, had 5 points and 5 rebounds.

Marcus Paige played 37 minutes, had 13 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals.

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 and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonald, Brandon Robinson and Baden Jaxen.

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Christian Keeling goes from Georgia to Georgia

From Georgia to Georgia, the Augusta native is heading to Georgia in Eastern Europe to play for BC Rustavi 1991, the reigning champions in the Georgia Superliga. Christian Keeling will be playing his second season in professional basketball after an impressive spell with Glasgow Rocks in the United Kingdom last season.

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Christian Keeling arrived at the University of North Carolina as a Graduate Transfer from Charleston Southern and played in Chapel Hill for one year. In 33 games, Keeling averaged 6.42 PPG in 19.2 MPG.

Keeling is a scoring guard and he showed this in his time at Charleston Southern averaging 17.9 PPG through his first three years in South Carolina. Therefore, in his first season as a professional player, it was no surprise when Keeling was one of the top scorers in the British Basketball League playing for the Glasgow Rocks.

Keeling was putting up big numbers last season, including a game against Manchester Giants he scored 26 points in the win. Keeling led his team in PPG, APG and MPG. Keeling was in the Top 5 for PPG in the British Basketball League.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
Statistics are up to date as of April 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Keeling’s second stop in professional basketball will be in the top-tier of Georgian basketball. Georgia’s population is 4 million people, while Keeling’s home state of Georgia is 10 million, so it’s going to be a little different to what he’s used to.

BC Rustavi 1991 are the reigning champions of the Georgian Superliga and are currently one championship away from tying the record for most titles (6).

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