Professional Athlete • CEO • Tar Heel • Philanthropist • Traveling Man


Jawad Williams was born and raised in Cleveland, OH to Gail and Joeseph Williams. He comes from a household of student athletes. His mom played collegiate basketball at Cleveland State University. Jawad’s father is a US Army and Air Force veteran and a former Golden Glove Boxing Champ. Tony Williams, his older brother is currently serving in the US Army and is also a former Golden Glove Boxing Champion. Na’Sheema Anderson, his oldest sister played college basketball at Vanderbilt and is younger sister, Siedah Williams, played at the University of Virginia. His youngest sibling, Adjoni Williams, played basketball in high school. You can not mention Jawad’s siblings without mentioning their very close cousin, Derick Hillmon, who was a stud athlete and star athlete in high school.

Growing up, nine people in a two bedroom house on Cleveland’s east side could have been enough to hold their family back. Instead, they refused to be products of their environment. Each one of Jawad’s siblings, including Derick, graduated from college. Collectively they also have seven Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHHSAA) state championships.

Jawad played high school basketball at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland). After St. Edward, Jawad was awarded a full scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor of Arts in African American studies. He is now married to his college sweetheart, Angel F. Williams, and they have two beautiful children, Nailah and Nash.

Besides being a professional athlete, Jawad also runs a non profit organization “Strive To Excel” and multiple other companies which he started. Jawad is also a self-made writer. He has at times been asked to write columns for the “Tar Heel Monthly” and “Born & Bred,” both are publications for the UNC Rams Club.

His life mission is to inspire the youth to achieve their dreams and not settle for the standards that may be place on them by society.


Career History


2017–Present
Pallacanestro Reggiana AEK Athens
2016–2017
AEK Athens
2015–2016
Royal Halı Gaziantep
2015
Indios de Mayagüez
2014–2015
Royal Halı Gaziantep
2014
Pınar Karşıyaka
2011–2014
Paris-Levallois
2011
Hapoel Jerusalem
2009–2010
Cleveland Cavaliers Paris-Levallois
2009
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2008–2009
Cleveland Cavaliers
2008
Hapoel Galil Elyon
2007–2008
Rera Kamuy Hokkaido
2006–2007
Anaheim Arsenal
2006
Fayetteville Patriots
2005–2006
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada

Career Highlights and Awards


2014
Turkish Cup Winner NCAA Champion
2013
French Super Cup Winner
2013
French Cup Winner
2007
NBA D-League All-Star
2005
NCAA Champion
2005
Third-Team All-ACC
2002
ACC All-Freshman Team