Former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams, who had a brief run in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, has inked a new deal to join the Toyotsu Fighting Eagles in the Japanese B2 League.
Williams will unite with fellow Gonzaga alumni Jeremy Jones, who averaged 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists with the Fighting Eagles last season across 50 games. Toyotsu went 42-8 in those games.
Williams played two seasons at Gonzaga, starting at power forward for the 16-17 team that lost to North Carolina in the national championship game. He came back in 17-18 and averaged 13.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game, good enough to land him with the Lakers despite going undrafted.
Williams played 23 games with Los Angeles as a rookie, averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds, and he also played 35 games with the South Bay Lakers in the G-League.
He eventually went overseas to Israel for a nine game stretch before returning to the States and playing 14 games with the Washington Wizards, averaging 3.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. A productive stint in the G-League wasn’t enough to keep Williams stateside, however, and he spent 20-21 playing in Turkey and Germany, and all of last season in Italy with Dolomiti.
Now he’s over in Japan, and while the move looks a bit like a step down considering his solid line in the top Italian league, it will be fantastic to see him reunited with Jones and the Fighting Eagles – and he should have immediate success at that level.
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