Born: July 8, 1986
College: University of Arkansas
Height: 6FT 6IN
Sonny Weems played basketball at West Memphis High School in West Memphis, AR. He was named First-Team All-State as a senior, after leading his team to the 5A state championship title. Always an incredible athlete, Sonny was also a 6-10 high jumper in track and field. Over Weems’ high school career, West Memphis posted a record of 68-10. Weems averaged over 20 points per game as a sophomore and junior and 14 rebounds per game as a senior.
COLLEGE (2004 – 08)
After high school, Weems attended junior college at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where he earned Third-Team All-American honors, as well as All-Conference and All-Region awards as a freshman. Ranked as the #1 junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com and Street & Smith’s, Weems took UAFS to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in 2006. Weems was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected for the All-Tournament team. In two years at UAFS, Weems led the team to a 62-7 record and back-to-back Bi-State Conference Eastern Division titles. Weems signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks as a junior, which was also Stan Heath’s final season as head coach. He averaged 11.8 points per game and was named to All-Tournament teams at the Old Spice Classic and the SEC Tournament. He led the Razorbacks to their third-consecutive winning season and their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, losing to the USC Trojans in the first round.
Weems played his senior season with a new head coach, John Pelphrey, and earned First-Team All-SEC with per game averages of 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Weems led the Razorbacks to their first NCAA tournament win in nine years with an upset victory over Indiana University. He finished the game with 31 points, out-dueling the much-heralded freshman Eric Gordon, who was held to only eight points. After his team lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Weems later won the ESPN College Slam Dunk Championship held at the Final Four.
NBA (2008 – 11)
Weems was selected with the 39th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Bulls, but he was traded almost immediately to the Denver Nuggets for a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft in a three-team trade involving the Portland Trail Blazers. During his first NBA stint, Weems spent time with the Denver Nuggets and the Toronto Raptors, where he, Demar DeRozan, and Amir Johnson earned the nickname “The Young Onez” for the trio’s fast, energetic style of play.
EUROLEAGUE (2011 – 15)
In 2011, the NBA experienced a lockout, canceling all games through December. Weems became one of the first NBA players to sign a contract in Europe during this time. He signed a one-year deal with Zalgaris Kaunas in Lithuania, leading his team to post-season play and winning multiple slam dunk competitions.
On July 30, 2012 he signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow in Russia. Weems was seen as one of the team’s leaders, starting at small forward and averaging 13.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists over 28 games in Euroleague competition. CSKA eventually won the VTB United League after defeating Lokomotiv Kuban 3–1 in the final series.
On January 17, 2014, he had a career-high 10 assists, along with 16 points in CSKA’s 72–73 Euroleague loss to Partizan Belgrade. In May 2014, Weems was named to the All-Euroleague First-Team, for the performances he put over the season. Although his points per game dropped slightly to 12.2 in Euroleague, he improved his defensive play and generally had a bigger impact on the game itself. However, CSKA Moscow was yet again stopped in the semifinal game, this time to the eventual champion Maccabi Tel Aviv. Later in the season, CSKA won its third consecutive VTB United League championship by defeating Nizhny Novgorod 3–0 in the final series. On July 4, 2014, Weems extended his contract with the club until 2017.
In 2014–15 season, CSKA Moscow managed to advance to the Euroleague Final Four for fourth straight season, after eliminating Panathinaikos for the second straight season in the quarter-final series with 3–1.
On June 16, 2015, he parted ways with CSKA Moscow to return to the NBA. Over the three seasons spent with CSKA, Weems played in 166 games, averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3 assists per game in Euroleague and the VTB United League.
NBA/PHOENIX SUNS (2015 – 16)
On July 17, 2015, Weems signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns. He made his debut for the Suns in the team’s season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on October 28, recording 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in a 111–95 loss. -Wikipedia 2015
In March 2016, Weems was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Euroleague (2016 – 17)
In July 2016, Weems signed a two-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Weems veteran status and Euroleague prominence attracted the once powerhouse, leading them to sign him as their highest-paid contract to date. After multiple mid-season management changes and trades, both Weems and Maccabi decided to part ways and terminate their contract.