Benny Williams, a forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is Syracuse's lone verbal commitment from the high school class of 2021 who has been named a Sports Illustrated All-American.
Williams committed to Syracuse in June, shortly after taking his official campus visit. The 6-foot-8 high-flier is among the most tantalizing long-term prospects in his class, boasting the length, explosiveness and budding skill to impact the game on both ends from all over the floor.
Williams chose the Orange from a final list of schools that included Georgetown, Maryland and Miami. He's the only Syracuse commit and/or key recruiting target who ranks among SI's top-99 high school seniors in the country.
Hundreds and hundreds of student-athletes were evaluated for the SI99—Sports Illustrated’s ranking of the top-99 senior high school basketball players in the country—before the list of All-American candidates was finalized. Video highlights, scouting analyses and a breakdown of each player’s college verbal commitment and/or top college contenders can be found on their bio pages at SIAllAmerican.com.
The SI99 was unveiled on Dec. 2, accompanied by lists of prospects ordered by state and college choice/contenders. Position rankings, in-depth videos on top-rated players and more will be released throughout the remainder of December. Sports Illustrated’s final All-American teams for the 2020-21 prep hoops season will be announced in coming months.