Jawad Williams News Archive

UNC Basketball's Top 100 Players: 61-70

70. Ademola Okulaja (1995-1999, SF/PF, Berlin, Germany) After losing Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, and Shammond Williams following the 1998 season, senior Okulaja stepped up in 1999 with an All-ACC season; 69. Jawad Williams (2001-05, PF, Cleveland, Ohio) His best game as a Tar Heel was saved for the biggest stage, in the ’05 Final Four vs. Michigan State. (Inside Carolina)

Four Corners: UNC Alumni vs Current Players Pickup Games Highlight Camp Week

Roy Williams' Carolina Basketball Camp has completed its first session. One of the highlights is the scrimmage between former Tar Heel players and members of the current team. Tuesday's scrimmage featured an impressive turnout of former UNC players: Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Tyler Hansbrough, Justin Jackson, Marcus Paige, Marvin Williams, Jawad Williams and more. (

Spurs’ Danny Green helping NBA spread basketball gospel to Japan

Spurs guard Danny Green was in Tokyo for the NBA to engage with Japanese fans at various events. “I got to meet up with some of my teammates last night,” said Green, who played in college at UNC, where he won the 2009 NCAA title. Jawad Williams (of Alvark Tokyo) won a championship here and he loves it. He wants to retire here. So does Joel James (a Hachioji Trains player). (Japan Times)

Jawad Williams: Admire From A Distance?

Jawad Williams: "It’s okay to look up to someone based on their talents, but never put them on a pedestal so high that if they don’t meet your expectations it damages you. We all have flaws. On the flip side, remember, it costs absolutely nothing to be a decent human being. You never know who you could be dealing with and how one interaction could change things." (Jawad Williams)

Jawad Williams: Another Championship

Jawad Williams: "I have just recently completed my 13th season as a professional basketball player. The ups and downs of the year paid off. We became the 2017-2018 Japan B League Champions. Winning on any level is never easy. If it was everyone would do it. There is no better feeling than being rewarded for hard work. For me this is my fourth title abroad." (Jawad Williams)

Jawad Williams wins another championship

Former UNC national champion Jawad Williams has just won another championship. Williams’ latest title comes as a member of Tokyo Alvark in the Japanese B League. Tokyo Alvark defeated the Chiba Jets Funabashi on Saturday at Yokohama Arena to claim the league title. Williams scored 10 points, helping contribute as Alvark cruised past the Jets 85-60. (Keeping It Heel)

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." (Jawad Williams)

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. Read More...

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. (Keeping It Heel)

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)

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. (Jawad Williams)

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)

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. (Japan Times)

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)

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