Friday, September 28, 2012

Tar Heels Euroleague Season Preview

Marcus Ginyard: This year Ginyard plans to play for the Anwil Wloclawk, a Polish PLK Club instead of Israel, a Ironi Nahariya who he played for the previous year. Hopefully this season he will continue to put up competitive numbers. Ginyard averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game last season. He seems hopeful and energetic as he tweets for his last chance for a preseason tune up and opportunity to learn Polish. While this former Tar Heel is in the USA he has been involved with his own training camp, Marcus Ginyard Basketball Camp, for children aged 8-15 in Jacksonville, NC. Ginyard and Anwil Wloclawk begin there season on September 29 against Kotwica.

Sean May: This July, May signed with Paris-Levallois making this season his second in Europe. During the off season May stayed in a basketball state of mind by helping former UNC assistant and new UAB Head Coach Jerod Haase with his youth basketball camp in Alabama in June and then held the sixth installment of his basketball camp in Charlotte. This preseason Paris-Levallois defeated the University of Washington Huskies by twelve points. May had 14 points and 10 rebounds. After the game Washington head coach, Lorenzo Romar, said “Sean May and Jawad Williams – they are former national champs – plus they had some other guys that were really good."
Jawad Williams battling for position
(UW Courtesy Photo)

Jawad Williams: Williams returns for his second season in France. Last year he was an all star for Paris-Levallois. Williams has had offers to return to the NBA, but nothing that he felt was right for him.  In the preseason game against the Huskies Williams led the team with 17 points, nine of those coming in the 4th quarter. Williams, May and the rest of their team will begin regular season play on October 6th against Orleans.

Deon Thompson: After playing in the NBA summer league this off season for the Memphis Grizzlies, Thompson has chosen to play for Alba Berlin in Germany. Thompson spent last season playing for Union Olimpija in Slovenia. Union Olimpija won the Turkish Airlines Euroleague tournament and Thompson earned the honor of Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Thompson and Alba Berlin begin their regular season October 3 against the Artland Dragons.

Rashad McCants: In July McCants was signed by Strasbourg IG in France of the Pro-A league, but failed a physical and was released in late August.

David Noel:  Noel played for Paris-Levallois last season with Jawad Williams. Noel signed with the BCM Gravelines Dunkerque of the France Pro-A League and will have a chance to play against May, Williams and the rest of the Paris-Levallois team. Noel and BCM made the announcement on Twitter this week. Noel  has limited time to get his contract signed, pass a physical, a drug test and find time to practice with his new teammates as BCM starts regular season play October 6 against Strasbourg.

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