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Benny Williams signs NLI with Syracuse:

Benny Williams has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to enroll and play basketball at Syracuse. Williams is attending IMG Academy (Fla.) this year.

A 6-8 forward, Williams enrolled at Riverdale Baptist School (Md.) and played on the junior varsity for two seasons before transferring to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Md.). He moved into the starting lineup for Coach Kevin Jones and the Lions in 2019-20 and averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. He helped St. Andrew’s to the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a 24-4 overall record. Williams earned Washington Post First-Team All-Met and all-conference recognition.

Due to uncertainty over whether there would be winter sports at St. Andrew’s this year, Williams enrolled at IMG Academy.

Williams is a consensus top-55 recruit according to numerous recruiting services. He is ranked 51st overall and 11th among power forwards by espn.comRivals.com has Williams 22nd overall and the seventh small forward.  He is 32nd overall and seventh among small forwards in the 247sports.com rankings.

The National Letter-of-Intent program was started in 1964. Administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the program was designed with prospective student-athletes in mind. A signed letter-of-intent indicates a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year. Institutions agree to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete, provided the student-athlete is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.

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