Syracuse Basketball: 2021 commit Benny Williams sees stock climb

A national analyst looked at 10 players from the 2021 class whose stock is on the rise, with Syracuse basketball commit Benny Williams featured.

Syracuse basketball 2021 commit Benny Williams is on some kind of roll, and Orange fanatics are eagerly anticipating his arrival on the Hill in about a year’s time.

The 6-foot-8, four-star small forward recently revealed that he is transferring from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md., to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior season.

The IMG Academy, as we’ve pointed out in the past, boasts one of the premier prep-school programs across the country, and Williams should shine there.

Recruiting service 247Sports has published its updated rankings of the top-150 prospects across the country in the 2021 recruiting cycle, and Williams moved up three spots, to No. 36 overall.

Meanwhile, at this juncture, the 247Sports Composite places him at No. 40, and both ESPN.com and Rivals.com slot Williams at No. 51. However, I’d expect some of those ratings to change, in a positive fashion, down the line.

Syracuse basketball commit Benny Williams, a 2021 four-star small forward, is seeing his stock soar in this class.

Eric Bossi, a national analyst with Rivals.com, has written a story entitled “2021 summer stock boosters.” Even amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, high-school players have proven able to showcase their skills at live-streamed events and combines, he says.

And in this article, Bossi details 10 prospects from the 2021 recruiting cycle who “helped themselves out the most” over the summer and “whose stock is on the rise.” Williams, who pledged to the ‘Cuse in early June, is included in the piece.

Here’s what Bossi had to say about the lone Syracuse basketball commit so far in its 2021 class. “My colleague Corey Evans was blown away earlier this summer when he checked in on Williams. He’s all set to be the next in what is a pretty long line of long, versatile and hard to guard forwards for the Orange. He can post, he can shoot, he plays above the rim when needed and he’s another who will be in the conversation for five-star status.”

Based on various reports from recruiting experts on Williams of late, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he winds up as a five-star prospect in the 2021 cycle, as well as a top-10 to top-20 player in this class.

Should that occur, he could represent one of the highest-rated commits for the ‘Cuse in many years, and that should bring excitement to the bevy of Syracuse basketball fans.

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