Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters ... Pictured -- Shammond Williams.


* Here's a rundown of the many former Tar Heels that are currently playing and coaching in European pro leagues and where to find them ...

The Players:

  • Nikita Bell ('05), Elizur Belisima Holon (Israel)

  • Steve Bucknall ('89), DMU Leicester Riders (England)

  • Dante Calabria ('96), Armani Jeans Milano (Italy)

  • Jason Capel ('02), Roseto Basklet Sharks (Italy)

  • Ed Cota ('00), Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

  • Vasco Evtimov ('01), Union Olimpija (Slovenia)

  • Joseph Forte ('03), Apollon Patras
  • (Greece)
  • Kris Lang ('02), Caffe Maxim Bologna (Italy)

  • Makhtar Ndiaye ('98), free agent after being released by Adecco ASVEL Lyon (France) on Nov. 17, 2005

  • Ademola Okulaja ('99), RheinEnergie Koln [Cologne] (Germany)

  • Derrick Phelps ('94), GHP Bamberg (Germany)

  • Tracy Reid ('98), Acis Incosa Leon (Spain)

  • Melvin Scott ('05), free agent after being released by ARIS Thessaloniki (Greece) on 10/20/2005 following a 30-day contract

  • Nikki Teasley ('02), MKB-Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary)

  • Donald Williams ('95), Melilla Baloncesto (Spain)

  • Jawad Williams ('05), Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada (Spain)

  • Shammond Williams ('98), Winterthur F.C. Barcelona (Spain)

The Coaches:

  • Henrik Rodl ('93), ALBA Berlin (Germany)

  • Randy Wiel ('79), EiffelTowers Den Bosch (Netherlands)


* After being in the NBA for six seasons Shammond Williams played last year in Russia. This year, Williams is again overseas, but now playing for the Spanish club Winterthur F.C. Barcelona.

Williams plays point guard for Barcelona in Spain's top league, the ACB, and also competes on the top European circuit in Euroleague Basketball.

Yesterday in Barcelona, Williams helped his club with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists in an 83-62 Spanish League win to stay tied for first-place at 8-1.

Last Thursday in Euroleague action, Williams carried his squad to a 65-60 road win in Poland and evened their record at 2-2 in Group B. The former Tar Heel and NBA veteran compiled 24 of his team's 65 points shooting 9-13 from the field and 6-8 at the free-throw line. His performance rating in that game of 29 was second only to Maceo Baston's (Michigan) score of 35 to earn the weekly MVP honor.

In nine games in the Spanish League Williams averages 30 minutes played (6th), 12.9 points, 3.9 assists (7th) and 2.3 rebounds. He's tied for first in free-throw accuracy at 100 percent on 14-of-14 shooting. Williams is sixth in the ACB from downtown at 50 percent on 22 of 44 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.

In the Euroleague, Williams has played in four games, scored 51 points in the last two games, and now averages 16.7 points per game (6th) with 3 boards and 3.2 assists in 33 minutes. His performance rating average of 17.7 puts him 11th in the league of 24 of Europe's top teams. Spain's Jorge Garbajosa is the current EL leader with a 21.8 index rating.


* The assorted ESPN channels will carry in excess of 450 college basketball games this season, according to a recent article in USA TODAY. They will employ more than 50 announcers with ex-Vermont coach Tom Brennan and North Carolina grad and 12-year NBA veteran Hubert Davis being added for the 2005-06 coverage.

Tom Brennan will make his debut Dec. 7 as an ESPN/ESPN2 studio analyst. The other ESPN rookie, Hubert Davis, has already worked two games on ESPNU's coverage of the Guardians Classic tournament and has served as a studio analyst recently.

In addition to being a studio analyst for the network, Davis will provide commentary during Western Athletic Conference and West Coast Conference games that air on Monday nights.

Working those games out west might help the former Tar Heel guard avoid an admitted conflict-of-interest. "They told me not to say 'we' when I'm talking about North Carolina. But I should get a grace period on that," Davis told USA TODAY.

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