College basketball fans are always so proud to see their former players at “the next level”. That usually means in the NBA, but let’s not forget that basketball has become a worldwide sport and the leagues overseas become more and more competitive each year. Europe has become a stage for former college players to go and continue their careers with much fanfare and an opportunity to see the world.
Two such players taking advantage of this opportunity are Jawad Williams and Sean May, both former players of North Carolina University. Both are now the starting front court for Paris-Levallois of the PRO A league in France. Williams, after spending time with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and a few other teams, is starting his third season for Paris-Levallois. May, a national champion while at UNC, is starting his first season in Paris after being a first round draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2005 and playing for a handful of teams over the last seven years. Through four games Williams is averaging 16.5 points and 2.5 steals per game while May is leading the PRO A league with 20.5 points per game.
These two former outstanding NCAA players are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to American talent enjoying success in Europe. David Lighty of Ohio State, Coleman Collins of Virginia Tech and Chris Massie of University of Memphis are just a few of the players in France. Players that come to Europe get to enjoy a new atmosphere with crowds that include noisemakers, drums and chanting, new cultures that have different views and approaches toward life and sometimes a new lease on ones playing career.