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.

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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

I hope you enjoyed this update on the Tar Heels playing overseas, make sure you follow @britishtarheel on Twitter and @britishtarheel on Instagram for all the latest news.

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Joel Berry decides to step away from basketball

Joel Berry II will forever be a household name for Tar Heel fans. The Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Championship Game 2017 has decided to step away from basketball and pursue other opportunities outside of basketball.

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Joel spoke to Ceiling is the Roof and announced:

“It has been on my mind a while, but I decided to step away from basketball and pursue other opportunities outside of basketball. Huge decision, but so happy with it. I feel great! I know I’ll miss it, but I’m ready for what’s next.”

Joel Berry speaking to Ceiling is the Roof about his retirement

I sat down with Joel Berry II on Instagram Live on Tuesday evening, to talk about his decision and looked back on his basketball career. Watch the full interview here:

I asked Joel does he have a plan for what’s next on the Instagram Live and he gave a little tease about his next chapter:

“Tar Heel fans might see me back on TV again soon, I’ll leave it at that.”

Joel Berry

Joel announced that he will be back on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast this current season to talk more about the current Tar Heels.

Since graduating from Chapel Hill and leading UNC to their sixth title, Berry went undrafted in the NBA Draft 2018 and has been grinding in the G-League since 2018 at the South Bay Lakers and Greensboro Swarm. Berry’s most recent adventure was in Turkey playing for one of the top teams in the country, Besiktas.

Joel announced in February that him and his wife, Kelsey, are expecting their first baby and their baby girl is due in the fall.

I know all the Tar Heel Nation will remember Joel’s playing days with the fondest memories and very excited to see what is next for him.

Joel joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast in May, little did we know that it was his last interview as a professional basketball player, although he has assured me he will be on the show again.

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Joel Berry II’s Next Chapter

Joel Berry II will forever be loved by Tar Heel fans and we all can remember the Redemption Year. On Tuesday at 7pm ET, Joel has a huge announcement to make and wants everyone to be a part of it on Instagram Live.

Follow @britishtarheel for the full interview on Instagram for the Instagram Live and hear Joel talk about the Next Chapter.

Since graduating from Chapel Hill and leading UNC to their sixth title, Berry went undrafted in the NBA Draft 2018 and has been grinding in the G-League since 2018 at the South Bay Lakers and Greensboro Swarm. Berry’s most recent adventure was in Turkey playing for one of the top teams in the country, Besiktas.

Joel joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast in May, to talk about his first season overseas and many stories about his UNC career.

Be sure to tune in to the Instagram Live tomorrow for an exclusive huge announcement from Joel Berry II.

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

Watch the latest episode below with Brandon Robinson.

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Kenny Williams signs for Kolossos Rhodes

Kenny Williams is heading to Greece and will have a familiar face as a teammate in Rhodes. Williams has signed for Kolossos Rhodes and will play in the top-tier of Greek Basketball.

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Kenny Williams may have been over your social media feeds over the past couple of weeks as he has been getting some minutes for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Summer League. Since graduating from UNC in 2019, Williams spent the past two seasons with the Austin Spurs in the NBA G-League after being picked up by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Summer League 2019.

Williams 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.

Williams will be joining Ty Lawson who recently signed at Kolossos Rhodes last month. Two National Champions from UNC will be teaming up in Europe and I’m already imagining the fast breaks from Lawson and the spot-up shooting from Williams.

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

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Justin Pierce signs for VfL Kircheim Knights

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

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Justin Pierce played for the University of North Carolina in 2019/20 as a Graduate Transfer from William & Mary. 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.

They were an 8 seed going up against the best team in the country, Helsinki and went out in the first round. Pierce missed the final games due to injury. Pierce’s season has finished and he ended averaging 16.56 PPG and was in the Top 20 Scorers of the Korisliiga.

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

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

“I loved Finland and it will nice to be located more centrally in Germany, to be able to explore a new part of the world I’ve never been to, and to also have friends and family visit more easily.”

Justin Pierce speaking to Ceiling is the Roof about living overseas

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:

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

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Jawad Williams signs for Yamagata Wyverns

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

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

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

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

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TOYOTA ALVARK (JAPAN)2017/1819.78.83.391.0
TOYOTA ALVARK (JAPAN)2018/1923.610.424.311.27
LINK TOCHIGI BREX (JAPAN)2019/2014.17.162.890.58
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2020/2125.510.474.31.51
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

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

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

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Jawad Williams invited as a Guest Coach for Cavs

Jawad Williams is no stranger to coaching offers. Jawad spoke to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast in June and said that he has been asked to hang up his sneakers and pick up the clipboard on multiple occasions, but Jawad still has years in the tank.

Jawad Williams is currently the most experienced Tar Heel still playing professional basketball, a member of the 2005 National Championship team, has played for 16 teams in 9 different countries. He most recently played for Levanga Hokkaido in Japan.

Although… Williams recently received an offer that he couldn’t turn down, the Guest Coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League Team. Williams was coaching in a mini-camp in preparations for the NBA Summer League. Jawad grew up in Cleveland and played for his hometown team from 2008-2010 for a total of 93 games.

Jawad spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about this opportunity with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his role and Coach Roy Williams:

@britishtarheel: Coaching is a route you’ve spoken to me about before, how did this opportunity come about?

“I got a call from someone in the front office asking my schedule. Then they told me to clear my schedule for the first week. I was a guest coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers to prepare them for NBA Summer League.”

Jawad Williams on the offer from Cleveland Cavaliers

“I got to learn from their staff in coaches clinics and also share and give my input. I was also allowed to put some guys through individual work during the mini camp.”

Jawad Williams on his roles with the Cavs at Summer League

@britishtarheel: That’s a great opportunity, were these some of your drills? I know you’re a regular in the gym at Chapel Hill. Have you been able to do any individual work with the guys there?

“Yes, they were my drills. I have done them in Chapel Hill with Brady Manek and Justin McKoy.”

Jawad Williams on working with UNC players this summer

@britishtarheel: You played under the greatest of all-time in my opinion, what coaching trait from Coach Williams would you want to take to your future coaching style of philosophy?

“Patience. I know the path he took to become the HOF coach, we know it was a long path. Then he still has to have that same patience when dealing with his players and their parents.”

Jawad Williams on learning from Coach Roy Williams

Jawad Williams was a guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast in June and spoke about the only two things that would make him retire.

Jawad Williams has had a very successful playing career with multiple championships and lets not forget the Children’s Book Author that he is and running a non-profit organisation too. When Williams puts his mind to something, there is no stopping him and that will sure be the same for coaching.

You can watch the full episode of Jawad Williams talking about his career at the University of North Carolina, NBA memories and experiences of playing overseas below:

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

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Theo Pinson set to join the Milwaukee Bucks Summer League Roster

Theo Pinson is maybe everyone’s favourite teammate and it seems like he has finished his time at the New York Knicks and taking on a new adventure in Wisconsin. It has been reported that Pinson will suit up for the 2021 NBA Champions, the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League.

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Theo Pinson has reportedly joined the Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League Roster according to multiple sources after most recently being signed to a two-way contract with the New York Knicks. After Pinson went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets and spent some time with their G-League affiliated team, the Long Island Nets.

After leaving the Brooklyn Nets, Pinson didn’t travel far as a few days later he was claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks. Theo has been a fan favourite in New York, just as much as he was in Chapel Hill with lots of teammates praising how important he is to the squad.

Pinson posted to his Instagram a farewell message to the Knicks organisation and sources have now said he could be given an opportunity in Milwaukee with the 2021 NBA Champions. Theo Pinson is a 2017 National Champion, he will not feel out of place!

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

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Isaiah Hicks joins the LA Clippers Summer League Roster

Isaiah Hicks will be playing in this year’s NBA Summer League, after it was announced that he is on the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers. Hicks is currently signed with Seoul Samsung Thunders of the Korean Basketball League.

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Isaiah Hicks has played the second-most games for the University of North Carolina (151) and finished his college career as a National Champion. Since graduating from UNC, Hicks has had some time in the NBA with the New York Knicks, a couple of seasons in the NBA G-League with the Westchester Knicks, before over the past two years taking his talents overseas to Russia and South Korea.

Isaiah Hicks re-signed with the Seoul Samsung Thunders for the second straight season in June. 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 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. 

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Statistics are up to date as of June 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Isaiah Hicks is tied for appearances for UNC with Nate Britt, and Nate joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast this week and spoke about his four years with Isaiah.

Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is a new interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April 2021 and during the first season of the podcast, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorJustin Pierce and Nate Britt.

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Joel Berry joins the Charlotte Hornets Summer League Roster

Joel Berry II has joined the Charlotte Hornets NBA Summer League Roster and will be replacing Hornets Guard, Nate Darling. Berry is a familiar face to the Hornets organisation after playing in 34 games for the Greensboro Swarm in the 2019/20 season.

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Charlotte Hornets PR announced today that Joel Berry will be joining the NBA Summer League squad as an injury replacement. Berry has played for the Greensboro Swarm during the 2019/2020 season in the NBA G-League and had one game of 44 points and did impress in his one season with the Charlotte Hornets affiliate team before heading overseas.

Joel Berry most recently played for Besiktas in the top-tier of Turkish basketball in his first season overseas and he reached the playoffs.

Besiktas finished the regular season 4th in the league with a 19-11 record. They defeated Tofas SC in the first round of the playoffs before falling short to Shane Larkin’s Anadolu Efes.

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

Berry had a great season averaging over 9 PPG, including a season-high of 21 points. Berry recently joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast and spoke about his season, you can watch it below.

Berry will be joining his former Tar Heel teammate in Kenny Williams, who was recently announced as an addition to the Charlotte Hornets Summer League Roster. Both players will be hoping to impress in Las Vegas at the MGM Summer League, the Hornets schedule looks like this:

  • 8th August vs Trailblazers
  • 9th August vs Kings
  • 12th August vs Spurs
  • 14th August vs Raptors

Keep a close eye on Joel and Kenny this Summer with the Hornets and are there any other former UNC players you believe deserve a shot on a NBA Summer League squad? Follow and contact me at @britishtarheel.

Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is a new interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April 2021 and during the first season of the podcast, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby Frasor and Justin Pierce. Watch the latest episode below with Nate Britt and SUBSCRIBE!!!

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