Kenny Williams joins the Charlotte Hornets Summer League Roster

You may have seen all over your social media channels or sports news websites that LiAngelo Ball will be playing for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Summer League. Although, eagle-eyed Tar Heel fans would have noticed the name at the bottom of the list, Kenny Williams.

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Charlotte Hornets posted their roster online today and it did say Kenny Williams from Louisville, but Chris Lea – WRAL TV has confirmed that it is Kenny Williams from the University of North Carolina.

Kenny Williams, 2017 National Champion, will be looking to make an impact on the Summer League circuit and hopefully impress the management in Charlotte for a future opportunity for his first breakthrough into the NBA.

Williams played for two seasons in the G-League for the Austin Spurs after going undrafted in the NBA Draft 2019. Most recently, Williams signed for Bnei Herzliya in the top-tier of Israeli basketball, although his time was cut short due to an injury.

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Nate Britt signs for Yoast United in 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.

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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 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.

“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.

“We were looking for an experienced point guard who can make other players better. We think we have the right leader in Nate. Nate is a smart, versatile point guard, who fits perfectly into the game we want to play.”

Paul Vervaeck Yoast United’s Head Coach on Nate Britt
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Statistics are up to date as of May 5th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt enjoyed a great career at the University of North Carolina, finishing off his final season as a National Champion and is currently tied in second place with Isaiah Hicks for most games as a Tar Heel with 151 (Deon Thompson has 152).

Nate joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast last week to talk more about his time at UNC and playing overseas. The episode will be released on Monday 26th July, subscribe to the podcast to not miss out.

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Day’Ron Sharpe’s draft stock with one week to go until the NBA Draft

Day’Ron Sharpe entered the NBA Draft on March 24th and his draft stock has been up and down the draft boards since putting his name in the hat. Ceiling is the Roof has collated the very latest mock drafts from multiple different sources with one week to go to the NBA Draft on Thursday 29th July 2021.

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NBA teams will see Sharpe as a developing prospect, he has great hustle and athleticism, and although the Center position is slowly being overlooked, teams can’t deny his potential. Day’Rons passing skills for someone his size will separate him from the rest of the pack. The 19-year-old has a big future ahead of him.

Day’Ron Sharpe withdrew from the NBA Draft Combine and there was plenty of speculation into why Sharpe made this decision. Multiple experts are predicting where Sharpe will be drafted in next week’s NBA Draft, with the majority of mock drafts seeing Sharpe being picked up in the early second round. Sharpe has slipped down the draft boards from when he declared for the draft back in March, with a majority of the mock drafts saw him drafted just outside the lottery picks.

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Latest Mock Drafts from 22nd July 2021

Sharpe had a great first year in Chapel Hill averaging 9.5 PPG and 7.6 RPG in his one season with the Tar Heels. The five-star recruit out of Montverde Academy declared for the draft after an All-ACC Freshman season.

Day’Ron Sharpe is the only player from UNC this past year who is predicted to get drafted in the NBA Draft 2021 according to the Mock Drafts, his former teammate Sterling Manley declared he will be going pro and it will be interesting to see if any NBA or G-League teams pick up Manley over the next month.

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Luke Maye close to signing for BAXI Manresa

Luke Maye is reportedly close to signing for BAXI Manresa in the Liga ACB according to EuroHoops sources. Maye’s new team play in the top-tier of Spanish basketball, as well as the Basketball Champions League.

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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.

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

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.

Luke Maye was a fan favourite at the University of North Carolina, starting as a walk-on and forever remembered for his big-time bucket against Kentucky on the run to the 2017 championship.

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Ty Lawson signs for Kolossos Rhodes

Ty Lawson has signed for Kolossos Rhodes in the Greek Basket League, the top-tier of Greek basketball.

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Ty Lawson has not played since leaving Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). 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.

“I was trying to come to Kolossos but China would not let me out of the country for four or five months, I have been trying the visa, work visas, it was a long process. I wanted to come and play.”

Ty Lawson on trying to join Kolossos Rodou

Ty 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 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.

Lawson is known as one of the fastest players to play the game and at 33 years old, Lawson is not slowing down.

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The latest episode was released on Monday 12th July and the guest was Bobby Frasor.

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Brice Johnson signs for Toyama Grouses in 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.

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Brice Johnson was a force to be reckoned with at the University of North Carolina and is the current holder of the most rebounds in a season with 416 in his senior year. It was announced yesterday that Brice Johnson will sign for the Toyama Grouses in the B-League of Japan. The team released a club statement on Brice’s comments about signing for the Grouses.

“I am extremely excited to play in the city of Toyama, and for the fans of Toyama. I have heard the fans are very passionate about basketball and I’m excited to play in front of them and win a lot of games. Last season the team made the playoffs. I want to contribute to advancing further and hopefully winning a championship.”

Brice Johnson on joining Toyama Grizzlies

“Basketball in Japan is on the rise and I’m thankful for the opportunity to begin playing in such a beautiful country and city.”

Brice Johnson on playing in Japan

Brice Johnson is entering his sixth year of professional basketball after being drafted in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Clippers. Johnson spent the majority of his time in the NBA D-League, but did play a total of 12 games for the Clippers and 9 games for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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.

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CHORALE ROANNE (FRANCE)2019/2025.413.295.430.43
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Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

The move will be made official after the medical checks and then Brice Johnson will heading off to Asia after time in North America and Europe.

Brice Johnson will be following in the footsteps of other Tar Heels who have played in Japan, including Jawad Williams, James McAdoo and Desmond Hubert who were the most recent players to play in Japan.

Jawad Williams spoke recently to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast about playing in Japan and had some pretty amazing stories of playing overseas basketball, watch the episode here:

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KJ Smith following in his Father’s footsteps.

KJ Smith will be working for ON3 Sports as a National College Basketball and Recruiting Analyst. ON3 Sports are a new college sports and recruiting digital media company launching in August 2021.

KJ Smith played 50 games for the University of North Carolina from 2018-2021 before starting his new career in sports media and following in his Father’s footsteps.

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Smith spoke with ON3.com on his love for the game, understanding being brought up in a basketball family and starting this new chapter with On3 Sports.

“I was born and bred to live and breathe the sport of basketball. At just three days old, I was pictured with a basketball plush toy in my crib.”

KJ Smith speaking to ON3.com

“I was eager to join the team. On3 is the perfect opportunity to continue my passion while encouraging others to love the grind, celebrate the sports community, and win each day. Let’s do this.”

KJ Smith on why he’s joining ON3.com

KJ Smith is the son of legendary Tar Heel, Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith (UNC 1983-1987). Kenny Smith has been working as a basketball analyst since 1998, most notably for his time as a studio analyst on NBA on TNT.

On3 Sports are a college sports and recruiting digital media company, featuring the most talented and experienced newsbreakers and storytellers, partnered with iconic fan publications and featuring a next-gen database tracking players from high school to the draft. From the founders of Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.

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Day’Ron Sharpe’s latest draft stock after the NBA Lottery

Day’Ron Sharpe entered the NBA Draft on March 24th and his draft stock has been up and down the draft boards since putting his name in the hat. Ceiling is the Roof has collated the very latest mock drafts from multiple different sources since the NBA Draft Lottery last night.

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Sharpe had a great first year in Chapel Hill. Sharpe averaged 9.5 PPG and 7.6 RPG this past season. The five-star recruit out of Montverde Academy declared for the draft after an All-ACC Freshman season.

Over the past few months, Sharpe has been up and down the draft boards and on the 22nd of June, the Draft Lottery announced where all 30 teams will have their picks in the NBA Draft 2021.

The latest mock drafts for Day’Ron Sharpe have him at the end of the first round and early in the second round of the NBA Draft 2021.

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NBA teams will see Sharpe as a developing prospect, he has great hustle and athleticism, and although the Center position is slowly being overlooked, teams can’t deny his potential. Day’Rons passing skills for someone his size will separate him from the rest of the pack. The 19-year-old has a big future ahead of him.

Reports from Jeremy Woo from Sports Illustrated said that Day’Ron Sharpe has recently withdrawn from the NBA Draft Combine, this includes the workouts and team interviews. There has been a lot of speculation as to why this is, but nothing confirmed yet. This could mean that he is comfortable with his draft stock and potentially heard from an NBA team already.

Day’Ron is the only Tar Heel who is currently heading towards the NBA Draft 2021, Armando Bacot announced this week that he will be returning to the University of North Carolina.

The NBA Draft 2021 is on the 29th of July and we will soon see the start of Day’Ron Sharpe’s next chapter.

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Isaiah Hicks is staying in Seoul

Isaiah Hicks has signed with 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.

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Hicks played 54 games for Seoul this 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.

Isaiah’s best performance this year was probably the 91-90 win over Incheon. He ended the game with 22 points, including the game-winning basket in the final seconds. 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyCoMuLg2TM&t=7909s
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Statistics are up to date as of June 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Isaiah Hicks former teammate at Seoul, Kennedy Meeks, joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast this week and spoke about his friendship with Isaiah.

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Justin Knox signs for San-en NeoPhoenix

Justin Knox has signed 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.

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Justin Knox was a Graduate Transfer at Carolina, after gaining his degree at the University of Alabama. Knox is an overseas veteran with over a decade’s experience in professional basketball that has taken him all over the world.

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 on his move to San-en NeoPhoenix.

Knox has played in Belarus, Turkey, Netherlands, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bulgaria, South Korea and now Japan. He told Ceiling is the Roof, why he chose to play in Japan:

“Thought it was a good opportunity to play in Japan with a team that wants me as the primary contributor to the team.”

Justin Knox on reasons for joining San-en NeoPhoenix

In Knox’s one year at North Carolina, he came off the bench 6.1 PPG in 14.4 MPG for a team that reached the Elite Eight that season.

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).

Two Points put together Justin Knox’s highlights for the 2020/21 Season in the Korean Basketball League.

YouTube – Two Points

Knox has been able to light it up this season, including a season-high of 33 points. Knox’s last game of the season, he scored 12 points in 10 minutes coming off the bench in a win against Goyang Orions.

Justin Knox will be joining James Michael McAdoo in Japan after he recently signed a contract extension at Hitachi Sun Rockers. Last season, Jawad Williams also played in the Japanese B-League 1.

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

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