Miami basketball makes top four for 4-star 2021 SF Benny Williams

The Miami basketball program has yet to receive a commitment for the 2021 signing class, but on Thursday four-star small forward Benny Williams named the Hurricanes in their top four.

The Miami basketball program learned on Thursday afternoon that four-star small forward Benny Williams named the Hurricanes as one of the four top schools he is considering for college. The Potomac, Maryland product is considering Miami, Georgetown, Maryland and Syracuse for his college destination.

The Miami basketball program will lose star point guard Chris Lykes, wing Kameron McGusty, forward Sam Waardenburg, forward/center Nysier Brooks a transfer from Cincinnati and redshirt senior Rodney Miller after the 2020-21 season. The 2021 Miami singing class is important for the Hurricanes future.

Miami signed four-star forwards Matt Cross and Earl Timberlake in the Class of 2020. With only one junior on the roster, Miami projects to have six scholarship players entering the 2021-22 season as the roster looks right now. Deng Gak is entering his redshirt junior season in 2020-21 after missing most of the last two seasons.

Miami returns sophomore guards Isaiah Wong and Harlond Beverly and forward Anthony Walker who signed in 2019. Wong and Beverly played well at times in 2019-20. Wong was impressive in ACC games averaging 9.8 points per game and 3.7 rebounds. Williams could sign with Miami and contribute significantly as a freshman.

Williams has taken an official and unofficial visit to Syracuse. He did not mention if he has visited Georgetown in an interview with 247Sports. Jim Larranaga has signed versatile athletic players in the last few classes and Williams would seem to fit that mold. Williams told 247 what he likes about Miami.

“I’m going to do a Zoom call with them this week. Coach [Jim Larrañaga] really likes my skill set and what I can do, my versatility and he thinks you can do everything. I just need to tighten up your handle.”

Williams is the 50th ranked recruit overall and 10th ranked small forward in the class of 2020. Kevin Jones, the head coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where Williams plays told 247 that he is a versatile player with the ability to handle, the ball score inside and outside and is an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder.

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Jones continued by stating that Jones is an excellent passer at 6’8, 180 pounds, can defend guards and forwards and has a good motor. With the limited roster projecting 18 months out from now, Miami needs to get a commitment from a player who can help recruit for the Hurricanes 2021 class. Players can sign in November.

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