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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kennedy Meeks signs for Cholet Basket in France

Kennedy Meeks has signed for Cholet Basket of the Pro A in France.

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Meeks last played in the top-tier of South Korean basketball for the Changwon LG Sakers after starting the season in Seoul with Isaiah Hicks at the Seoul Samsung Thunders.

I spoke with Kennedy about his most recent move:

“France is somewhere I always wanted to go and it’s 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 comments to Ceiling is the Roof

Marcus Paige recently signed for Orleans Loiret in France and will be facing up against Kennedy in the top-tier of French basketball.

Since graduating from Chapel Hill, Meeks played in the NBA G-League for the Raptors 905 and then took his talents to Asia to play in Japan. In Meeks’ first season overseas he averaged 14.68 PPG and 11.0 RPG for Sea Horses Mikawa in the Japanese B-League. Meeks then signed for Levanga Hokkaido in the 2019/20 season, where he put up monstrous numbers with 20.97 PPG and 10.87 RPG through the season.

Last season, Meeks played in Seoul with Isaiah Hicks before being a part of a trade deal with another member of the Seoul Samsung Thunders squad. Meeks then played a handful of games for Changwon before heading back home to North Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks was a guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast and talks about playing overseas in Asia since leaving Chapel Hill.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPGDBL/DBL
AISHIN SEA HORSES (JAPAN)2018/1932.014.6811.01.0517
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2019/2034.120.9710.871.2321
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2115.16.816.000.311
CHANGWON LG SAKERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2110.77.254.250.50
Statistics are up to date as of May 31st (source: basketball.realgm.com)

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Why UNC fans still can’t forgive Creighton…

You’re taught to not hold grudges, try telling that to a Tar Heel about Creighton University. They have been holding resentment to the Big East team for almost a decade now. Here is a trip down memory lane for the 2011-2012 season for the University of North Carolina Basketball Team, including highlights, interviews and a poll with your opinion on what could have been…

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Heading into the 2011-2012 season, UNC was ranked the number one team on pretty much every poll in the country and the expectations were high (as always). Before the season started, the comparisons with 2005 and 2009 were all over major sports networks.

The team was led by Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller (all four of them were drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft 2012). Although it was not just a four-man show, the Tar Heels had depth. Dexter Strickland (now known as Baden Jaxen) and Reggie Bullock provided great cover in the back-court and an unbelievable freshman duo of PJ Hairston and James Michael McAdoo would be household names across North Carolina in years to come.

This was the most talented team since the 2009 National Champions, there was so much excitement around North Carolina before a ball was even tipped. Harrison Barnes deciding to not leave for the NBA Draft after his freshman season was the start of it all. The number 1 High School recruit committed to the University of North Carolina for the 2010-2011 season and he could have easily declared for the NBA Draft in 2011 and been a very high pick. Lucky for Tar Heel fans, he stayed an extra year. Harrison Barnes alongside John Henson were the Pre-Season ACC Players of the Year.

You can have all the talent on the court and in my opinion, you can have the greatest coach of all-time in college basketball in Coach Roy Williams, but you can only control what you can control. UNC could not control some of the outcomes that season.

Before the season started, Leslie McDonald tore his ACL in a Pro-AM in Durham and therefore red-shirted the entire season. McDonald was averaging 7 PPG the year before, with 51 three-pointers made and would have been a great threat on the wings. It was a season of injuries.

Fast forward a few months to January and UNC travelled up to Hokies Land and took on Virginia Tech. The plan was set for an easy win away from home and that was the case, sadly that game will be remembered for Dexter Strickland driving to the basket and tearing his ACL and was out for the remainder of the season. That’s two ACL tears in one season for the Tar Heels. At the time, Strickland was second in assists for the team and leading UNC in steals per game. THIS WAS A HUGE BLOW!

Dexter Strickland now goes by Baden Jaxen and he was the latest guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast, listen to Baden talk about the 2011-2012 team and memories from his time at UNC below:

North Carolina was still 15-3 heading into their first battle of Tobacco Road that season. UNC’s three losses came to UNLV at Las Vegas, a loss to #1 Kentucky in Lexington and an awful loss to FSU in Tallahassee.

The Tar Heels nevertheless still had the talent of their four stars, (Barnes, Marshall, Henson and Zeller) and were on a run in the ACC after the loss to FSU. North Carolina’s front-court was a problem, John Henson won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award and Tyler Zeller took home the ACC Player of the Year for the 2011/2012 season. Their numbers did the talking, Henson recorded 101 blocks and 259 defensive rebounds, while Zeller brought in 219 defensive rebounds and 146 offensive rebounds that season (3rd most ORPG all-time for UNC).

February 8, 2012, UNC vs Dook at Chapel Hill, (that’s up there as one of my most-hated games as a Tar Heel fan) and that put a stop to North Carolina’s run with a buzzer-beater from Austin Rivers… I can still see it now. *sigh*

In February, UNC was ranked #5, #8, #7 then #6 after going 7-1 and were steam-rolling their way into March and was able to get revenge over the team in Durham on their court with a blockbuster game from Kendall Marshall with a 20-10 performance. Personally, up there as one of my favourite games.

Source: ACC Digital Network

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels were on a high, they just beat Duke at their place and were on a seven-game win streak. Everything was going so well entering the ACC Tournament and UNC’s first game was the University of Maryland in the Quarter Finals, ending in an 85-69 win. Although, the biggest takeaway from the game was another injury, with John Henson landing badly onto his wrist and would miss the remainder of the ACC Tournament.

Even without J-Hook, UNC took down Maryland and NC State before they met Florida State in the final. In January, FSU embarrassed UNC and in the ACC Final, they got the better of this talented Tar Heel team again and couldn’t take down Leonard Hamilton’s men.

It wasn’t the greatest end to the ACC and heading into New Orleans for March Madness, nonetheless, the Tar Heels were ranked Number 4 in the country and were a Number 1 seed in the tournament. Still without John Henson and of course, Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald from injuries earlier on in the year, UNC comfortably beat Vermont in the first game of the NCAA Tournament and were onto the second round…

CREIGHTON.

The Tar Heels just received the news before their second-round game against Creighton that the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, John Henson will be fit to play, UNC will have their four stars back on the court; Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Kendall Marshall. There was belief again and the Tar Heel Nation was thinking that they could go all the way to ‘One Shining Moment’.

In Greensboro, John Henson was back against Creighton, blocking shots and grabbing boards. UNC was able to contain Doug McDermott and everything was going so well. Although, as you’ve been reading… it was the season of the uncontrollable and mid-way through the second half, the leader of UNC’s fast-paced attack, Kendall Marshall headed towards the basket before a hard foul from Ethan Wragge knocked Marshall mid-air to the ground for a nasty fall. Marshall did get up, knocked down one out of two free throws and continued the game for a further seven minutes until he headed to the bench. It was confirmed that Kendall Marshall fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist and likely he will not suit up for the Tar Heels again this season.

For a moment, the band was back together, UNC was rolling and then, the leader of the famous Carolina offence was taken out with a horrific foul. A lot of people would have said that Kendall Marshall was an irreplaceable member of the team. When John Henson was out, we still had the freshman phenom James Michael McAdoo, when Baden Jaxen (Dexter Strickland) went down we still had a future NBA veteran in Reggie Bullock, but Kendall’s shoes were so big to be filled.

The Tar Heel Nation got together and showed their support for Kendall Marshall with fans posting photos and going to games with Marshall’s Number 5 wrote onto the wrists… everyone knew UNC was going to miss their Point Guard and wanted to show their appreciation for Kendall Marshall.

UNC did move on and up-stepped backup point guard Stilman White, who led the North Carolina back-court against Ohio University. White played for 32 minutes (three times more than his previous high) and dished out six assists without any turnovers. Although, the game did come close and UNC did need overtime to get past Ohio. Zeller had a career-high 22 rebounds with 20 points, while Reggie Bullock had 17 and 10. UNC live for another day, but it was obvious they missed Marshall.

Kendall Marshall had a record-breaking season with 351 assists, the closest to that total of assists in one season is Ed Cota in 1999-2000 with 284. Marshall averaged 9.8 APG, again no one else has ever had more than 8.1 APG through a season. Marshall will forever go down as one of the greatest Point Guards to play for the University of North Carolina and his presence was missed in the NCAA Tournament.

The next challenge for the Tar Heels was Kansas, Roy Williams’ former team. Since Coach Williams left Kansas, he’s only faced Kansas once and that previous encounter was in the 2008 Final Four… UNC fans will know that didn’t end well for the Tar Heels.

Yet again, Coach Williams was greeted with boos from the Jayhawks fans and knew it was going to be no easy competition. The game was tied going in at the half, but the second-half UNC were no match for Kansas and went 7-31 from the field and six turnovers. UNC fell at the Elite Eight and we always will wonder what could have been…?

If… Leslie McDonald played that season and could offer more depth from outside of three.
If… Baden Jaxen (Dexter Strickland) didn’t get injured and the steals per game leader helped out in the back-court.
If… John Henson didn’t miss those few games leading up to NCAA Tournament and had even more good games under his belt.
If… Kendall Marshall, the leader of the offence didn’t get injured and continued to lead UNC throughout March.

University of North Carolina’s Men’s Basketball Team from 2011/2012 will forever be one of the biggest “what-if” teams and so many believe that this team would have gone all the way.

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 the 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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Baden Jaxen formerly known as Dexter Strickland was the latest guest on the show to talk about his time at UNC:

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Marcus Paige signs for Orléans Loiret in France

Marcus Paige has signed for Orléans Loiret in France. Paige has spent the past three seasons in Serbia for KK Partizan, with multiple appearances in the EuroCup. Paige will be playing in the top-tier of French basketball.

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Marcus Paige, the record three point scorer for the University of North Carolina has been playing overseas since 2018 after some time in the NBA G-League with Salt Lake City Stars and the Greensboro Swarm. Paige signed for KK Partizan in 2018 and has been breaking records this past season in Serbia.

Marcus spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about his new move:

“I loved my time in Belgrade, but I’m really excited to experience living in a new country and playing in a league that should be very strong this year.”

Marcus Paige

Last season, Paige broke the record for three-pointers in a game (8) for KK Partizan and played in the Euro Cup against a familiar face in the same group, Luke Maye. Paige’s Partizan beat Maye’s Trento in January 71-43. Trento got the better of Partizan in the next match.

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
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus will be playing for Orléans Loiret in the LNB Pro A. It is one of the top-divisions outside the NBA and will be a great challenge for Paige in the 2021/22 season. Former UNC Basketball players, Sean May and David Noel played for Orléans Loiret in 2015.

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Desmond Hubert signs in Kuwait

Desmond Hubert played for the University of North Carolina 113 times from 2011-2015. He came in the same freshmen class as James McAdoo and PJ Hairston and now you can find him in… Kuwait!

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Hubert has been playing professional basketball since 2017 playing in Canada, Sweden, Finland, Mexico and most recently Japan. Hubert has just signed a deal to play for Al-Arabi in Kuwait.

I spoke with Desmond while he is in training camp in Bahrain about his new move:

@britishtarheel: how has your summer been and were you able to get much time in Chapel Hill?

“I spent most of my time in Chapel Hill this summer working out individually with Jackie Manuel. I didn’t get to play much pick up because I was vacationing and visiting family.”

Desmond Hubert

@britishtarheel: how come you’re taking on this new adventure in Kuwait?

“I got a better offer from Kuwait and passing up on an offer the way things are with Covid-19, I could have been waiting a lot longer to get something.”

Desmond Hubert

@britishtarheel: when you signed in Japan last season, there was a long process to wait due to Covid-19, how has it been this time around?

“This time around things have been a lot smoother than Japan I’m fully vaccinated so that helped a lot all I’ve had to do is take a few Covid tests between departure and arrival.”

Desmond Hubert

@britishtarheel: finally, what are you most excited about playing in Kuwait this season?

“I think I’m most looking forward to being in a position to win a championship in the past I was on teams that wanted to win but maybe weren’t in a position to compete for a championship.”

Desmond Hubert

Hubert will be playing in Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait with a population of 3 million people. Hubert’s new team Al-Arabi were knocked out of last season’s playoffs in the quarter-finals. Al-Arabi plays in the top-tier of Kuwait basketball.

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 May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com and rebnise.jp)

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Kennedy Meeks releases his debut song ‘Saturday Night Interlude’

Kennedy Meeks like you have never seen him before.

Kennedy is not changing careers, although you potentially may hear some more of ‘Kenn’ on your playlists in the near future. Kennedy Meeks aka Kenn released his debut single on the weekend called ‘Saturday Night Interlude’.

Kennedy spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about this new side to him not many people have seen before.

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Kennedy spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about his new adventure in music:

@britishtarheel: Your song came out this weekend, how have you found the response so far mate?

“People are loving it so far. I just wanted to give them a new sound and outlook on rapping!”

Kennedy Meeks

@britishtarheel: How long have you wanted to do something like this?”

“Man I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, like since I was 14-15 years old. Never had enough courage to try it because of the whole focusing on basketball stuff, but the older you get the more you realize it’s ok to do more than one thing and be good at it.”

Kennedy Meeks

Kennedy Meeks’ partner, Carmyn, is a music artist herself and has been a great supporter of Kennedy’s new adventure.

@britishtarheel: Can we expect to see a duet with you and Carmyn in the future?

“Not a duet, but on a song together… of course. We already have some together!”

Kennedy Meeks

Go listen to Saturday Night Interlude by Kenn below and it’s available on all other platforms:

Kennedy was known for being a joker during his playing days at the University of North Carolina and many fans will remember his rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ at Late Night with Roy. Kennedy never stepped away from the spotlight!

Kennedy Meeks has been playing overseas since 2018 after a year in the NBA G-League with Raptors 905. Meeks has played in Japan and South Korea. During the 2019/20 season, Meeks averaged over 20 and 10 for Levanga Hokkaido in the top-tier of Japanese basketball.

Kennedy started last season in Seoul, South Korea playing for Seoul Samsung Thunders alongside one of his best friends, Isaiah Hicks. Meeks was traded to Changwon LG Sakers but did not play many games for his new side before returning to America to get ready for the 2021/22 Season. I did ask Kennedy if he was moving to music full-time and away from basketball:

“I’ll never stop hooping, ever. The game has been good to me. You’ll find out soon my next team.”

Kennedy Meeks confirming he’s still playing basketball.

Kennedy Meeks will be playing professional basketball in the 2021/22 season and will be announcing soon his next team. Find out all the breaking news on Tar Heels playing overseas at ceilingistheroof.com.

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Tar Heels Overseas Update: Where are they now?

It’s been a busy off-season for our Tar Heels and many have signed for new teams or extended their contracts overseas. We will be looking at the new destinations during the 2021/22 season for James Michael McAdoo, Isaiah Hicks, Brice Johnson, Nate Britt, Luke Maye, Deon Thompson, Ty Lawson, Kenny Williams, JP Tokoto, Jawad Williams, Justin Pierce and Justin Knox.

This is Part One of the Tar Heels Overseas Update: Where are they now?

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James Michael McAdoo – Sun Rockers Shibuya (Japan)

James Michael McAdoo, 2x NBA Champion, is now rocking for the Sun Rockers in the top-tier of Japanese basketball. McAdoo has played in Italy, Turkey, Serbia before heading to Japan last year. He signed an extension with the Sun Rockers in May and will be hoping for another great season in Tokyo.

McAdoo helped the Sun Rockers Shibuya reach the playoffs last season and averaged over 10 PPG and 6 RPG. McAdoo is teammates with former Duke player, Ryan Kelly, hopefully, we’ll hear JMM winding up Kelly when the ACC gets going!

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

Isaiah Hicks – Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea)

Another player that is re-signing with the same team from last season is Isaiah Hicks. Hicks was a monster in the 2020/21 season for Seoul Samsung Thunders and he signed an extension in June.

Hicks was the star player for the Korean Basketball League (KBL) team this past season, leading his team in PPG, RPG and BPG. You may have seen Isaiah Hicks play for the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Summer League, although his contract for Seoul was already signed, sealed and delivered before the Summer League tipped off.

Hicks played 54 games for Seoul last season and started 51 of them. Seoul struggled in the league this 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.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
AVTODAR SARATOV (RUSSIA)2019/2028.312.866.712.0
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS
(SOUTH KOREA)
2020/2124.817.287.351.46
Statistics are up to date as of June 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Brice Johnson – Toyama Grouses (Japan)

Brice Johnson was one of the most dominant big-men to play in Chapel Hill and lots of fans will remember his time from 2012-2016. Now, Johnson is embarking on a new adventure in Toyama, Japan.

In 2019, after playing in the NBA and NBA G-League, Brice took his talents overseas. 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 history, he led his team in RPG, BPG, SPG and averaged 13 PPG in 24 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
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt – Yoast United (Netherlands)

Nate Britt has signed for Yoast United in the newly founded BNXT League, the new division will include the top-tiers of Dutch and Belgian basketball coming together.

Britt just finished his fourth season as a professional basketball player and played some of his best basketball yet. Britt was playing in the second-tier of German Basketball and his team the Wiha Panthers, reached the highest in the team’s history after making the playoffs.

Sadly, Britt’s season was cut short due to members of his team testing positive for Covid-19 and had to forfeit the playoffs. Britt averaged 13.5 PPG and 5.39 APG in 30 MPG. He also led the team in assists and steals.

Nate spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about his new move to the Netherlands:

“The club is a new club and very hungry for success. We are looking to help each other take steps forward. I also believe the coach and I get along very well, he has a lot of experience ad will have us playing basketball very suitable to my game.”

Nate Britt spoke to Ceiling is the Roof on Yoast United and Head Coach, Paul Vervaeck

Yoast United are a new club and was founded in May 2020, so the team is on a new adventure playing in a top division and wanted an experienced point guard to lead their team.

“The GM talks about the club being a family and they are very particular about who they bring to keep that environment among staff and players a family one. That’s very rare to find in this profession.”

Nate Britt spoke to Ceiling is the Roof on why he chose Yoast United

It seems that Nate understands the impact of family within basketball from his time at Carolina and is happy to see the same qualities in his new team, Yoast United.

Nate joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast this off-season to talk more about his time at UNC and playing overseas.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPGSPG
GLASGOW ROCKS
(UNITED KINGDOM)
2017/1828.511.723.563.681.8
OMONIA NICOSIA (CYPRUS)2019/2033.714.523.624.141.76
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2020/2130.013.585.393.652.16
Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – BAXI Manresa (Spain)

Luke Maye is taking a short flight from last season’s destination of Italy to Spain. Maye has signed for BAXI Manresa in the Liga ACB, this is the top-tier of Spanish basketball, and they also play in the Basketball Champions League.

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. Trento did beat AX Armani Exchange Milan once in the regular season, but in the playoffs, Milan was too much for Maye’s side.

Maye moving over to the Spanish league this season is a step up, with the Liga ACB being considered one of the top leagues in the world, outside the NBA. BAXI Manresa had a record of 17-19 last season and Maye will be hoping to help his new team reach the playoffs this season.

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

Deon Thompson – Leones de Ponce (Puerto Rico)

From one player who is heading to Spain, to another player who has just left, Deon Thompson has left Spain after two seasons for Unicaja Malaga and headed to Puerto Rico to play for Leones de Ponce.

Thompson spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about his move to Puerto Rico:

“I’m excited! This game of basketball really has blessed me to be able to see the world. The team is putting together a good roster, so they want to make a run at the championship, I’m always on board for that!”

Deon Thompson speaking to Ceiling is the Roof on his move to Leones de Ponce.

Deon Thompson is the only Tar Heel currently playing, as the league in Puerto Rico starts during the summer and finishes in the fall, so expect to see Thompson somewhere else near the end of the year.

This season, Deon Thompson is playing some of his best basketball as of late. Thompson is currently the leader of PPG and RPG for Leones de Ponce with 17.3 PPG and 6.78 RPG. Leones de Ponce is currently in a playoff position and will be hoping to keep pushing up the table as the season continues.

Deon Thompson was another guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast during Season One and he talks about playing at the highest level of overseas basketball throughout his career. Thompson said he rarely does podcasts and this was his longest interview yet:

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
LEONES DE PONCE (PUERTO RICO)2021/2228.017.936.780.56
Statistics are up to date as of September 1st (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Ty Lawson – Kolossos Rodou (Greece)

Ty Lawson… in some people’s eyes the greatest Point Guard to play for the University of North Carolina, and honestly, they could be right.

Lawson is back on the court in the 2021/22 season after not playing last season and will be playing for Kolossos Rodou in Greece at the top-tier of Greek basketball.

Ty Lawson has not played since leaving Fujian Sturgeon in China. Lawson was set to sign for Kolossos Rodou in the Greek Basket League (GBL) last season, but Lawson was not allowed to leave China for five months, preventing the move.

Lawson has not played in Europe since the 2011 NBA Lockout, after signing for BC Zalgiris in Lithuania. During that time, Lawson played seven games in the Euroleague. Lawson has played 587 NBA games from 2009 to 2017 and then headed to China where he put up some very impressive numbers. It’s going to be exciting to have a player of his calibre in Europe.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
SHANDONG (CHINA)2017/1836.125.526.542.17
SHANDONG (CHINA)2018/1935.026.468.711.79
FUJIAN (CHINA)2019/2036.527.38.762.7
Statistics are up to date as of September 1st (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Kolossos Rodou (Greece)

Ty Lawson will not be alone in Rhodes, he will be joined by fellow Tar Heel, Kenny Williams. That’s two UNC National Champions playing for Kolossos Rodou in the 2021/22 season.

Kenny Williams signed for Kolossos Rodou in August after two seasons in the NBA G-League for Austin Spurs and he did experience overseas basketball last season after signing for Bnei Herzliya in the top-tier of Israeli basketball, although his time was cut short due to an injury.

Jean-Pierre Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Jean-Pierre Tokoto was the high-flying dunking machine at the University of North Carolina and has since been stunning crowds with his athleticism and ability all over the world.

JP Tokoto will be playing again for Hapoel Tel Aviv next season. Tokoto has played the 2020/21 season in Tel Aviv and has averaged 13.6 PPG for the Reds and has become a big focus point for them offensively in the Israel Basketball Premier League.

Seth Trimble, JP Tokoto’s younger brother, committed to the University of North Carolina this summer.

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 May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Jawad Williams – Yamagata Wyverns (Japan)

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

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!

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 below:

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)

Justin Pierce – VfL Kircheim Knights (Germany)

Justin Pierce has signed for VfL Kircheim Knights of the German Pro A League, the second-tier of German basketball. Pierce is now entering his second season overseas after playing the 2020/21 season for Kobrat in Finland.

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.

Justin Pierce spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about signing for his new team:

“I was hoping to make the jump to the BBL (top league of Germany) this year, but from Finland it is not super easy. I talked with teams and they all said they want to see me have a healthy season and I am still very young and inexperienced in their eyes.”

Justin Pierce speaking to Ceiling is the Roof about his new move

“I wanted to find a stable club where I could continue to develop with a coach who I felt like could help me progress to the next level. Kircheim is making a commitment to reach the BBL in 2022-23 season and are one of the top teams in Pro A. That’s my goal as well!”

Justin Pierce speaking to Ceiling is the Roof about his goals

Justin Pierce joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast in April to talk about his first season overseas, his experience at UNC and more. You can watch the full episode below:

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
KOBRAT (FINLAND)2020/2128.016.565.193.5
Statistics are up to date as of April 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Justin Knox – San-en NeoPhoenix (Japan)

Justin Knox is the fourth Tar Heel to have signed to play in Japan for the 2021/22 season, after signing for San-en NeoPhoenix of the B-League 1, the top-tier of Japanese basketball. Knox was most recently playing in South Korea for Wonju Dongbu Promy.

Knox spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about his move to Japan:

“I’m excited about it. Looking forward to see what the type of skill level is played in Japan versus South Korea. I want to get this team to the playoffs and a championship!”

Justin Knox speaking to Ceiling is the Roof on his move to San-en NeoPhoenix.

Knox just finished his season in South Korea playing for Wonju Dongbu Promy, who finished with a 24-30 record and one position outside the playoffs. The previous season Wonju Dongbu Promy were Co-Regular Season Champions of the KBL (season finished early due to Covid-19).

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
Statistics are up to date as of April 20th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

There are still more Tar Heels who are yet to sign their next contract overseas and I have been told by multiple players that they will be announced soon.

Follow @britishtarheel on Twitter for all the latest news on the Tar Heels playing overseas.

Players who are yet to announce their next club and I predict to go overseas for the 2021/22 season:

NAMELAST PLAYED FORCOUNTRY
MARCUS PAIGEKK PARTIZANSERBIA
TYLER HANSBROUGHSICHUAN BLUE WHALESCHINA
KENNEDY MEEKSCHANGWON LG SAKERSSOUTH KOREA
MARCUS GINYARDCSP LIMOGESFRANCE
BADEN JAXENBC ODESSAUKRAINE
JOEL JAMESDUZCE BELEDIYETURKEY
JUSTIN WATTSDONAR GRONINGENNETHERLANDS
CHRISTIAN KEELINGGLASGOW ROCKSUNITED KINGDOM
DESMOND HUBERTKAGOSHIMA REBNISEJAPAN
WILL GRAVESAPOEL BCCYPRUS

Players who have signed their contracts to play overseas for the 2021/22 season:

NAMETEAMCOUNTRY
JAMES MCADOOSUN ROCKERS SHIBUYAJAPAN
ISAIAH HICKSSEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERSSOUTH KOREA
BRICE JOHNSONTOYAMA GROUSESJAPAN
NATE BRITTYOAST UNITEDNETHERLANDS
LUKE MAYEBAXI MANRESASPAIN
DEON THOMPSONLEONES DE PONCEPUERTO RICO
TY LAWSONKOLOSSOS RODOUGREECE
KENNY WILLIAMSKOLOSSOS RODOUGREECE
JP TOKOTOHAPOEL TEL AVIVISRAEL
JAWAD WILLIAMSYAMAGATA WYVERNSJAPAN
JUSTIN PIERCEVFL KIRCHEIM KNIGHTSGERMANY
JUSTIN KNOXNEO PHOENIXJAPAN

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