Leon Williams (basketball, born 1986)

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Leon Williams
Leon Williams in action with Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto.
No. 54 – Busan KT Sonicboom
Position Center
League Korean Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1986-07-24) July 24, 1986 (age 31)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American / Belizean
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Cardinal Gibbons
(Baltimore, Maryland)
College Ohio (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Pınar Karşıyaka
2009–2010 Erdemir
2010 Strasbourg IG
2011–2012 Cáceres
2012–2013 Goyang Orions
2013 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2013–2014 Goyang Orions
2014 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2014–2015 Anyang KGC
2015 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2016 Kavala
2016 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2016 Best Balıkesir
2016–present Busan KT Sonicboom
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-MAC (2008)
  • Second-team All-MAC (2007)
  • MAC Tournament MVP (2005)
  • MAC Freshman of the Year (2005)
  • MAC All-Freshman team (2005)

Leon Vernon Williams Jr. (born July 24, 1986) is a Belizean-American professional basketball player for Busan KT Sonicboom of the Korean Basketball League.


Williams graduated from the Cardinal Gibbons School in 2004. After high school, Williams played college basketball for Ohio University from 2004 to 2008, during that time he also played in the summer league Belize Elite Basketball League for the Belize Bank Bulldogs.

After graduating in 2008, Williams started his professional career in Turkey where he played for two years for Pınar Karşıyaka and then Erdemir where he was the top rebounder of the Turkish Basketball League in both seasons.

In 2010, Williams signed with the French basketball team Strasbourg IG, however, after the pre-season and just before the start of the season he left the team and country without notice and without the clubs consent, invoking either a sick relative or a desire to start a career in real estate, Strasbourg threatened sanctions but nothing came from that.[1]

One year later, after the expiry of his contract, he went to Spain to play for Cáceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in the Liga Española de Baloncesto, the Spanish basketball second division.[2]

Following that season he moved on to Korean Basketball League side Goyang Orions, partly because of his Korean-American's girlfriend desire to discover her roots, he also announced his intention to become a Korean citizen.[3] After a season in South Korea he moved to Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional whose season succeeds the Korean basketball season, he would alternate between the two leagues for the next three years.

On January 13, 2016, he signed with Kavala of for the rest of the 2015–16 season.[4] He later re-joined the Cangrejeros de Santurce for the 2016 BSN season. On August 5, 2016, Williams signed with Best Balıkesir of Turkey.[5] On December 4, 2016, he parted ways with Balıkesir after averaging 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds in Turkish top division.[6]


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