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Former UNC basketball standout Jawad Williams has officially called it a career. And what a career it has been.
After spending four years at North Carolina and concluding his college career with a national championship, Williams went undrafted and began his international career that would last until 2022. He spent 17 seasons professionally, including a stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009-10.
Williams played overseas in Spain, Japan Israel, France, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Japan before calling it a career. He played for several different organizations, traveling the globe and even reuniting with former teammates like David Noel and Sean May during a few of those stints.
Here is the message Williams posted on Twitter to announce his retirement:
After 17 years, I have decided to retire from playing the game that I love so much. It is truly a Blessing, and an honor to be able to walk away from the game on my own terms.
Special thanks to My Family, friends, fans, and the game of basketball… Thank you!
— Jawad Williams (@WORLDWAD) May 31, 2022
In his college career, Williams averaged 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 128 games. He wrapped up his college career as a national champion, a third-team All-ACC selection, an ACC All-Freshman selection.
Williams also won a French Cup, a French Super Cup, a Turkish Cup winner, and a two-time B League champion.
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