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International man of ballin'
Former Eagle Williams travels Europe keeping basketball career alive
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Terry Williams, left, makes a move for his Zlatorog Lasko team in Slovenia. - photo by SPECIAL PHOTO
    Terry Williams is a long way from home. But that doesn't mean he's stopped playing basketball. The former Georgia Southern point guard just finished a stellar season for Zlatorog Lasko in Slovenia.
    "It was great," said Williams when asked how this past season was in the Central European country. "My team finished third in the regular season (of Slovenia's 1A league) and then lost in a best-of-three series to the No. 1 team."
    Williams, who was reached by phone Tuesday while he waited to board a plane at the Orlando airport, was on his way to Venice, Italy to take part in a five-day summer league. He hopes his performance there will lead him to get signed by another team this fall.
    "Right now hopefully I'll sign with a team, see how this camp goes," he said. "There's a Belgium team and a Poland team that might be interested in me, but I'll see. Hopefully there'll be more teams interested after this camp."
    Williams led Zlatorog Lasko in steals and assists this past season, while averaging almost 16 points per game. Making the adjustment to living in a foreign country has been his biggest challenge post-GSU.
    "It's a lot of movement but it's great to go see all the different parts of the world," said the former Hanner Hooligan favorite. "At first, I was real homesick when I first went to Hungary my first year. It was tough. You're in another country and they didn't speak English as well as they do in Slovenia. But after awhile you get used to it, meeting your teammates and meeting people around the city that speak English. It gets a lot better."
    Williams scored 1,264 points from 2001-2005 for the Eagles and ranks first in all-time steals at GSU. The Gainesville, Fla., native says he still keeps in touch with former Eagles Jean Francois, Sean Olivier and Donte Gennie, among others.

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.