Jawad Williams: Two in a row? Why not?
Jawad Williams: "March Madness is that time of the year when the impossible becomes possible, college careers come to an end, stars are born, and champions are crowned. This year my beloved Tar Heels are back in the tourney to defend their title. Can they do it? Yes. It will not be easy, but they definitely have some things that give them an advantage."
Video: Jawad Williams on Being a Tar Heel
As former North Carolina forward and 2005 NCAA Champion Jawad Williams celebrates his birthday today, we look back at a March 2017 interview where Williams discusses what it means to be a Tar Heel, UNC's 2005 NCAA Tournament run, the Carolina basketball family, his relationship with Michael Jordan, and the UNC-Duke rivalry.
Joel Berry climbs Tar Heels’ all-time scoring list in win over NC State
Point guard Joel Berry is climbing up the North Carolina Tar Heels all-time scoring list. Berry is now officially in the Top 25, as he scored 16 against NC State on Saturday and moved past some UNC legends. The senior has now passed Eric Montross, Justin Jackson, Jawad Williams and Hubert Davis on the list and currently sits 22nd all-time with 1,630 points.
Jawad Williams: Playing basketball overseas not for everyone
Jawad Williams: Quite often in the basketball world I hear other athletes say, “I will just go overseas and hoop”. Some say it like they are talking about going to their local rec center to play pick up games on the weekend. Playing abroad is not a walk in the park and believe me, it’s not for everybody. Playing abroad is a lot more than just playing basketball.
Jawad Williams: Back to back?
Jawad Williams: I wanted to take this time to give my thoughts on my beloved UNC Tar Heels. Do they have what it takes to go back to back? I honestly believe so, but it most definitely will not be easy. The Heels have a good mix of upperclassmen and young guys. The next case of business for the Heels will be how to take that mix and make it one powerful unit.
Chansky’s Notebook: World Travelers
Players who don’t have longevity in the NBA and go overseas to play have a far richer experience, if not in money than certainly in seeing, learning and knowing the world. Former Tar Heels like Tyler Hansbrough, Marcus Ginyard and 2005 NCAA championship member Jawad Williams have far better stories to tell, if not more money in the bank, than NBA players.
Jawad Williams on Life in Japan
Jawad Williams: After about four months of being back in Japan, I remember exactly why I love this place. The lifestyle and culture is totally different, and there is a lot that can be learned from the way of life here. The culture of Japan is based upon living with respect for others. The people I have encountered understand that I am a foreigner, and have been very helpful.
Jawad Williams, Joji Takeuchi a dynamic duo for Alvarka
When a team has a deep bench, a coach has a better set of options to choose from. For the Alvark Tokyo, it’s clear that new coach Luka Pavicevic has this luxury. And having two bona-fide stars in Joji Takeuchi and Jawad Williams at power forward is a good “problem” to have. The Alvark are benefiting from the veteran leadership and excellent fundamentals of both men.
Jawad Williams on Life and Basketball in Japan
Jawad Williams: Thirteen years into my professional basketball career and I find myself in a very familiar place: Japan. The fact that my wife and I got engaged here is another reason Japan has always had a place in our hearts. I am a firm believer in speaking things into existence and I always said I would one day return to Japan to play. Ten years later, here I am.
Jawad Williams: Collegiate Pros
Jawad Williams: For some time now, there has been an ongoing debate on whether collegiate athletes should be paid. After being a four year scholarship athlete at a high level university, I say, with confidence, YES, college athletes should be paid. The people who debate that notion usually have no idea what it takes to be a student athlete. Let me break it down for you.
UNC Basketball: Former, current Tar Heels participate in pickup game
The pickup basketball games at UNC are always something special. Each year former, current, future players and even students are seen playing pickup games at several courts across campus. Players Luke Maye, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson are out there with former players such as Marcus Paige, Jawad Williams and Rasheed Wallace. There’s even some video.
Jawad Williams: Little Things, Big Rewards
Jawad Williams: I spend a majority of my time in the off season inside the Smith Center working out, so I get to see what guys are doing when no one else is in the gym. I’ve witnessed Joel Berry pull out the gun (a shooting machine) to get up extra shots up after pickup games. I witnessed Luke Maye knocking twenty consecutive three pointers in his individual workouts with Coach Hubert Davis.
Italian League team Grissin Bon RE agree to terms with Jawad Williams
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italian League) agreed to terms with 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams. He started the season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. In 16 games he averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg this season. The former University of North Carolina NCAA champion is in his twelfth season in pro basketball spanning eight different countries.
Jawad Williams may sign with Italian league team Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italy) is about to land 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams, who currently plays at AEK Athens in Greece. In 16 A1 games he averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg this season. Thanks to pro basketball, Williams has experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents over his twelve year career.
Photo: UNC basketball family in the Dean Dome
On Wednesday, members of the Carolina basketball family were in Chapel Hill to help work UNC's basketball camp and take part in the annual player-alumni scrimmage. Pictured: Tyler Hansbrough, Ed Davis, Reyshawn Terry, Sean May, Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton, Byron Sanders, Jawad Williams, Tyler Zeller, Wayne Ellington, David Noel, Deon Thompson, and Quentin Thomas.