Williams in action for Paris-Levallois
|No. 31 – Royal Halı Gaziantep|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
February 19, 1983 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||218 lb (99 kg)|
|High school||St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)|
|College||North Carolina (2001–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2005–2006||Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)|
|2006||Fayetteville Patriots (D-League)|
|2006–2007||Anaheim Arsenal (D-League)|
|2007–2008||Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (Japan)|
|2008||Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel)|
|2009||Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|2011||Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)|
|2014||Pınar Karşıyaka (Turkey)|
|2014–present||Royal Halı Gaziantep (Turkey)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jawad Hason Williams (born February 19, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League. He played high school basketball at St. Edward High School of Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) and collegiately for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
High school career
While at St. Edward, Williams played limited time as a freshman on a team anchored by Sam Clancy, Jr. and Steve Logan that went on to win the OHSAA state title. During his later years in high school, he was named first team All-Ohio and named to numerous All-American teams. He was named AP and Gatorade Player of the Year for Ohio and played in the McDonald's All-American Game.
Williams played collegiate basketball under coaches Matt Doherty and Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started as a senior for the Tar Heel team that won the 2005 NCAA tournament. Williams averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in his senior season. He graduated from UNC in 2005 with a B.A. in African-American studies.
Williams was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft. However, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA during the 2006–2007 season. He appeared in four preseason games for the Clippers, starting one, but did not make the final roster.
After playing in Spain, Japan and Israel, Williams joined the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team in July, 2008 and made the team's training camp roster. On October 23, the Cavs waived veteran guard Ronald Dupree, and Williams became a full-fledged member of an NBA team for the first time in his career. His contract was nonguaranteed until January 10, 2009, after which time the contract would have been guaranteed.
Williams played in his first regular season NBA game and scored his first points on December 12, 2008, against the Philadelphia 76ers. Williams became the sixth member of North Carolina's 2005 National Championship team to play in the NBA, joining Rashad McCants, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, and David Noel.
Williams was waived by the Cavs on January 7, 2009. Five days after being released from the Cavs he re-signed with the team with a 10-day contract. He was released on February 2 after his second 10-day contract expired. He then joined the D-League with Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 14. On April 8, he was re-signed to a contract for the rest of the season.
On February 9, 2010, Williams put up a career high in points with 17 to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 28 minutes of play.
In the February of 2011, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel. For the 2011-12 season, Williams signed with Paris-Levallois Basket in France, rejoining college teammate David Noel. Williams stayed with Paris-Levallois for the 2012-13 season, but while Noel left Williams was joined by former college teammate Sean May. Paris-Levallois waived him on January 15, 2014. In the February of 2014, he signed with Pınar Karşıyaka of Turkey for the rest of the 2013–14 season.
NBA career statistics
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- (Correct as of 2010–11 season)
- List of Ohio Boys State Basketball Champions
- Brian Windhorst (2008). "St. Edward grad Jawad Williams earns spot with Cleveland Cavaliers". The Plain Dealer Newspaper. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
- Jawad Williams' long journey brings him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and home
- NBA.com. "Cavaliers Training Camp Roster".
- "76ers at Cavaliers Boxscore". NBA.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
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- "Cavaliers Sign Jawad Williams | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS". Nba.com. 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- ג'אוואד וויליאמס חתם בהפועל ירושלים (Hebrew)
- "Paris-Levallois waive Jawad Williams". Sportando.net. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Pinar Karsiyaka signs Jawad Williams". Sportando.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- "Jawad Williams - Career Stats and Totals". nba.com. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
- Profile at official UNC athletics site
- Profile at NBA.com
- French LNB profile
- TBLstat.net profile
- Eurocup profile