The first few weeks of school are hectic for every student but Benny Williams ’21 is living a slightly different experience. As one of the country’s top 100 basketball recruits, his junior year is already off to a busy start.
Last weekend, Williams took an official visit to the University of Florida. This weekend, he is visiting Syracuse University. Both teams have won the national title since Williams was born. Other schools expressing interest in Williams include Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Clemson.
“Benny has worked extremely hard this summer and it has been awesome watching his growth this offseason,” said Kevin Jones, head coach of the boys basketball team and St. Andrew’s Director of Athletics. “I think the most impressive thing with his development and some of the attention that he has received of late is that he has remained a team player. He is genuinely excited to be around his teammates and always looking to help the younger players improve.”
Williams, who is 6-foot-8, plays the small forward position and Rivals.com lists him as a top 50 player nationally and #9 at his position. Another recruiting website, 247sports, has him as the top player in Maryland and as #63 in their national rankings.
“Benny is as talented a player to come through St. Andrew’s in my time here as basketball coach,” Jones said. “I know I speak for the entire coaching staff when I say that we are excited to watch Benny continue to develop as a student and player.”