UNC alumni are making more moves on the sidelines and in NBA offices, and now it’s Antawn Jamison’s turn: The two-time NBA All-Star and 1998 consensus college basketball national player of the year was hired this week to be the Director of Pro Personnel for the Washington Wizards.
We are absolutely thrilled to bring Antawn back to the Wizards organization. In addition to his strong feel for the game and basketball knowledge, he has always been a true professional and a dedicated worker. We look forward to him bringing those qualities to our front office.
According to the Wizards, Antawn Jamison will work with the Vice President of Pro Personnel to assess NBA and G League talent along with international scouting.
Jamison hasn’t stopped being around professional basketball for a minute since retiring from the league in 2014. First, he spent a couple seasons as a TV analyst, then worked with the Los Angeles Lakers as a talent scout for two years. In an interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer before his scouting job, he revealed that his dream job post-retirement was to work in an NBA front office:
He wants to be in an NBA front office. He believes he’d be a good talent evaluator. He has contacted the league office, putting out feelers for an opportunity in that field in the future.
“Everyone who knows me knows that’s what I want to do,” Jamison said.
With this promotion, Jamison seems to be doing exactly what he set out to do. He’s young for a front office man, too. This likely isn’t the furthest he’ll go up through the ranks, and we’ll be rooting for him all the way.
And now, because I feel like having some fun, in honor of Jamison’s promotion and Vince Carter’s 22nd and final NBA season, let’s take a look back at their North Carolina Tar Heels’ 97-73 victory over top-ranked Duke in 1998.