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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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.

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)

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.

SOURCETEAMROUNDPICK
ESPNMILWAUKEE BUCKS231
BLEACHER REPORTMILWAUKEE BUCKS231
SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDBROOKLYN NETS127
THE RINGERPHOENIX SUNS129
CBS SPORTSPHOENIX SUNS129
DRAFT KINGS NATIONLOS ANGELES CLIPPERS125
NBA DRAFT ROOMNEW YORK KNICKS232
NBADRAFT.NETBOSTON CELTICS245
TANKATHONLOS ANGELES CLIPPERS125
MYNBADRAFT.COMNEW YORK KNICKS121

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
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)

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.

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)

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Deon Thompson signs for Leones de Ponce

Deon Thompson has signed for Leones de Ponce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN), the top-tier of Puerto Rican basketball. Thompson has signed a contract from July to September/October depending on if the team reach the playoffs.

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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 on his move to Leones de Ponce.

Leones de Ponce last came close to the title in the BSN in 2018/19, when they were led by Puerto Rican legend, Carols Arroyo, finishing 2nd. Leones de Ponce is the most successful team in Puerto Rico with a record 14 championships.

Deon Thompson was the latest guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast 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. Watch the latest episode below and subscribe:

Thompson most recently played for Unicaja Malaga for the past two seasons. He started 49 out of 53 games for the Spanish side through all competitions and averaged 8.57 PPG.

Thompson, the all-time appearance leader for the University of North Carolina, has adapted his game through the years and can now play a ‘Stretch Four’ when needed. Thompson made 40 shots from deep this past season, compared to his 2 attempted throughout his four years at the UNC.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson has played at the top-level of overseas basketball, more than any other Tar Heel. The EuroLeague is the top competition outside the NBA and Thompson has played 107 times in the competition, the next Tar Heel on the list is Ed Cota with 57 appearances.

With the season being short in Puerto Rico and going through the summer, I expect to see Deon Thompson back in Europe for the 2021/22 season and playing at the top-level in Europe again.

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JP Tokoto is staying at Hapoel Tel Aviv

Jean-Pierre Tokoto was the human highlight film at the University of North Carolina and has since been stunning crowds with his athleticism and ability all over the world.

According to @HapoelTLVBC on Twitter, 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. It was also announced that they re-signed former 1st Round NBA Draft Pick, James Young.

“Glad that in the hardships of this season we were able to take care of both the present and the future of Hapoel Tel Aviv. The players who finished the season with us, have made a wonderful journey in the last two months, bringing us a system to a situation where two very high quality players can help us take care of a better future to play. Thank you to the club for making this effort.”

Head Coach Danny Franco on the re-signings.
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
Jean-Pierre Tokoto’s Season Stats – Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Tokoto was injured in the rivalry game in January against Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv and was out of action for a while, but since returning he has played an important role for Hapoel Tel Aviv, having game-highs near the end of the season of 21 points, twice.

Since his time at UNC from 2012 to 2015, Tokoto declared for the NBA Draft in 2015. He was picked up by the Philadephia 76ers, but waived before the season started and then spent some seasons in the NBA G-League. For the past four seasons, Tokoto has played overseas with time in Australia, Spain and Israel.

Tokoto is playing for his third team in Israel and will be hoping that Hapoel Tel Aviv will improve on their 12-17 record this past season.

Seth Trimble, JP Tokoto’s younger brother, was recently offered a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina.

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Tar Heels Overseas Update

All over the world, players are aiming for the postseason or for some their 2020/2021 season has come to an end. This update looks at the remaining Tar Heels playing in Europe and Asia.

Read the latest on Joel Berry II and Luke Maye reaching the playoffs in their first seasons overseas, veteran Marcus Ginyard still pushing for the playoffs in France, Deon Thompson’s playoff opportunity comes down to the last game and more.

Desmond Hubert is new to the overseas updates after finally getting the paperwork signed to join Kagoshima Rebnise in Japan.

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Brice Johnson – Budivelnyk (Ukraine)

Brice Johnson was a powerhouse for the Tar Heels during his four years at UNC, dominating the boards and not much has changed since. Johnson now playing in Ukraine after time in Puerto Rico, Italy and France, leads his team in RPG, BPG AND SPG.

BC Budivelynk is the most successful team in the Ukrainian Basketball Super League and was able to help his team reach the playoffs with the number 7 seed. Budivelynk went up against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in a best of five match-up and Johnson averaged 15.4 PPG over the series. Dnipro came out on top with a 3-2 win over Johnson and Budivelynk.

Johnson had himself a great season in Ukraine and I’ll be excited to see where he goes next. He is also safely back home according to his Instagram this week.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
84-107 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
12 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists in 30 minutes.

76-78 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
16 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals in 36 minutes.

72-81 (LOSS) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block in 29 minutes.

84-80 (WIN) vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals 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)

James Michael McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (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.

McAdoo helped his team reach the playoffs this year, with some help from former Duke player, Ryan Kelly, the team’s leading scorer. Sun Rockers faced Link Tochigi Brex in the playoffs but lost the series 2-0.

It was recently announced that McAdoo will be heading back to Shibuya, Tokyo next season to play for the Sun Rockers again. McAdoo is now back home with his family according to his Instagram.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
74-111 (LOSS) vs Link Tochigi Brex
8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal in 25 minutes.

84-92 (LOSS) vs Link Tochigi Brex
20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 20 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
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com

Marcus Ginyard – CSP Limoges (France)

Marcus Ginyard, also known as The Mayor of Limoges, is having a great season in France. Ginyard over the past decade has played all over Europe and now finds himself in the middle of France.

CSP Limoges play in the top-tier of French basketball and are pushing for that final spot in the playoffs. They currently sit in 9th with a 14-13 record with quite a few games left to push for that spot.

Ginyard is a fan favourite in Limoges and signed a three-year contract extension last season making France his home for the foreseeable future.

Marcus Ginyard was the latest guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast and talks about the ‘truth of overseas basketball’ and had plenty of stories to tell, you can watch the episode below.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
77-71 (WIN) vs Cholet Basket
11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 19 minutes.

59-74 (LOSS) vs AS Monaco Basket
5 points, 1 rebound in 22 minutes.

70-75 (LOSS) vs Dijon Basket
5 points, 1 rebound in 11 minutes.

73-66 (WIN) vs Chalons-Reims
11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals in 17 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
CSP LIMOGES (FRANCE)2019/2026.79.863.051.05
CSP LIMOGES (FRANCE)2020/2121.97.532.371.1
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Desmond Hubert – Kagoshima Rebnise (Japan)

It was announced in January that Desmond Hubert was to sign for Kagoshima Rebnise in the third-tier of Japanese basketball. According to LivOn Global Sports Management, during this time Japan was under strict Covid-19 entry rules and new players were temporarily unable to enter the country, then as soon as Desmond was allowed to join the team, he did.

Hubert has started well to his season in Japan, he has now played 10 games and averaging 13.6 PPG. He was always up for the big strong dunks in Chapel Hill and that is happening again in Japan.

There are a handful of games left in the Japanese B3 League and Hubert will be hoping to keep those strong performances going.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
88-84 (WIN) vs Iwate Big Bulls
18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block in 24 minutes.

81-94 (LOSS) vs Iwate Big Bulls
19 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds in 29 minutes.

90-78 (WIN) vs Veltex Shizuoka
16 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block in 35 minutes.

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)

Jawad Williams – Levanga Hokkaido (Japan)

Jawad Williams is the most experienced Tar Heel still playing professional basketball, at 38 years old Williams still has years left in him. Williams is currently playing for Levanga Hokkaido in the Japanese Basketball League.

The season ended for Levanga Hokkaido earlier this month with a record of 14-45 with Williams averaging over 10 PPG.

Jawad Williams was injured during a game on 7th April and missed the remaining 10 games of the season.

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)

Joel Berry II – Besiktas (Turkey)

Joel Berry II just completed his first season overseas and reached the playoffs and likely faced the best team in all of Europe. Besiktas faced up against Anadolu Efes (currently in the EuroLeague Final Four) and they were too much for a young Besiktas team.

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.

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.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
86-104 (LOSS) vs Anadolu Efes
3 points, 3 assists, 1 steal in 13 minutes.

77-96 (LOSS) vs Anadolu Efes
1 point, 4 assists, 2 rebounds in 17 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
BESIKTAS (TURKEY)2020/2123.39.153.271.12
Statistics are up to date as of May 27th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy)

Luke Maye is another Tar Heel who is experiencing his first season overseas and reached the playoffs in that first year. Maye signed for Trento in Italy.

Similar to Berry and Besiktas, Maye and Trento drew the short straw and was put up against Armani Exchange Milan (currently in the EuroLeague Final Four) and lost the series 3-0.

Maye helped Trento push for that final spot in the playoffs with performances of 18 and 10 against Bologna. Trento did beat Milan once this season in the regular season, but in the playoffs, Milan was too much for Maye’s side.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
65-74 (LOSS) vs AX Armani Exchange Milan
10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block in 20 minutes.

79-93 (LOSS) vs AX Armani Exchange Milan
10 points, 1 rebound, 1 block in 25 minutes.

62-88 (LOSS) vs AX Armani Exchange Milan
4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 26 minutes.

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

Deon Thompson – Unicaja Malaga (Spain)

Deon Thompson is a champion and has been a champion all over the world. A member of the 2009 national championship team, he has gone on to win multiple titles all over Europe.

Thompson now plays for Malaga in the top Spanish division and played in the EuroCup this year too. Thompson played 53 games in total for Malaga this season and started 49 of them. Thompson’s game has changed as of late and playing more of a stretch four role and scoring 40 times from deep this season.

Malaga’s last game of the season was against number one ranked Real Madrid and needed to win the game to make the playoffs, they lost 96-90 in a hard loss.

Deon Thompson is the all-time appearance leader for the North Carolina Tar Heels and also the leader in appearances in the EuroLeague out of all other Tar Heels. Thompson is the next guest on the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast, make sure you subscribe to the YouTube Channel to see the episode that comes out on Monday 31st May.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
90-96 (LOSS) vs Real Madrid
16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in 23 minutes.

81-75 (WIN) vs Acunsa GBC
9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks in 24 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Paige – KK Partizan (Serbia)

Marcus Paige is in his third season in Serbia and has been breaking records this season. The all-time 3 point scorer for North Carolina, broke the game-high record for three-pointers this season for Partizan with 8.

KK Partizan play in the Adriatic League Liga (ABA), a top league in Europe made up of teams from different countries in Eastern Europe. Partizan finished 7th with a record of 13-13.

Paige averaged over 9 PPG in all competitions for the Serbian side and will hope to help his team reach the postseason in the ABA next year.

Paige was injured near the end of the season and did not play the remaining games of the regular season.

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)

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Jean-Pierre Tokoto has been balling as of late! Tokoto was out of action for a while with a calf injury, but since returning he has been productive on the offensive end and had game-highs of 21 twice and 20.

Tokoto has spent a lot of his professional career in Israel and is currently a starter for Hapoel Tel Aviv. The Israel Basketball Premier League is coming to a close this weekend and Tokoto will be hoping to keep these strong performances going to the end.

JP Tokoto’s younger brother has recently received a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
100-99 (WIN) vs Hapoel Beer Sheva
13 points, 10 assists, 2 steals in 32 minutes.

93-99 (LOSS) vs Maccabi Rishon Lezion
21 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds in 36 minutes.

96-74 (WIN) vs Ironi Nahariya
18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists in 28 minutes.

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)

Joel James – Duzce Belediye (Turkey)

Joel James probably had his best season as a professional basketball player so far, but even with that couldn’t push his team over the line into the postseason. James led the team in RPG and BPG and was second in the leading scorers for Duzce Belediye.

This is the first year in James’ professional career that he has averaged a Double-Double throughout the season with 12.75 PPG and 11.93 RPG.

James played in the second-tier of Turkish Basketball this season and will hopefully be advancing to better things next season.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGDBL/DBL
RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO (MEXICO)2018/1927.312.119.5722
CAPITANES CIUDAD DE MEXICO (MEXICO)2019/2022.210.916.146
DUZCE BELEDIYE (TURKEY)2020/2128.712.7511.9320
Statistics are up to date as of May 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Bnei Herzelia (Israel)

Kenny Williams signed his first overseas contract for Bnei Herzelia in the Israel Basketball Premier League, but was injured in his debut game and did not play again for the Israeli side.

Williams scored 3 points and had 1 rebound in his debut before leaving the game.


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James McAdoo signs extension at Hitachi Sun Rockers

James Michael McAdoo is a 2x NBA Champion and has been playing the past season in Japan for the Hitachi Shibuya Sun Rockers.

McAdoo has agreed to his player option to sign an extension to remain in Shibuya for the 2020/21 season according to SLASH Sports and Entertainment.

“I am so excited to be coming back to Shibuya for another season. I can’t wait to get back with my teammates and coaches as we continue to build from last seasons success in making it to the playoffs.”

James McAdoo

McAdoo played his first season in the top-tier of Japanese basketball and averaged 10.92 PPG and 6.24 RPG. McAdoo has played internationally in Italy, Turkey and Serbia before heading to Asia. McAdoo reached the postseason with the Sun Rockers this year.

Ryan Kelly (former Duke player) averaged 21 PPG this season for Sun Rockers and also signed a contract extension to stay with the Japanese team. Let’s hope for another sweep of Duke this year for McAdoo to remind Kelly.

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