Benny Williams is Syracuse’s best small forward.
That’s what head coach Jim Boeheim has said multiple times about the 6-foot-8 sophomore from IMG Academy in Florida. While it may not seem like a big deal, it’s definitely considered to be an honor for Williams.
The Syracuse forward had 16 points and a double-double in Syracuse’s 79-65 team win against Boston College on Saturday.
The Orange led 36-27 at the half, but briefly fell behind early in the second-half.
Williams has struggled a bit to start out the season, as he averages 8.4 points per game. To be fair, most of the small forwards have.
Keep in mind, this is a very young Syracuse team with six freshman and Williams is only in his second-year of collegiate play.
Fellow small forward and freshman Chris Bell also has had his moments, averaging 6.6 points per game, but he lacks a killer instinct when it comes to rebounding. In comes Williams to save the day.
“Practice is important,” Boeheim said. “Benny’s the best player in practice, every day at the forward position.”
While happy with the win, Boeheim was frustrated again during the press conference. He has been determined to find a quality starting small forward, but he’s really been encouraged that Williams has been a star during the practices which he values as equally important as games.
Despite the fact that this team is youth driven, the Orange all came together as a team in the end to pick up a nice win by 14 over the Eagles. Syracuse is now 9-5 overall and 2-1 in ACC play.
The team will now hit the road to take on the struggling Louisville Cardinals (2-12, 0-3 ACC) on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center.