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UCF Basketball Lands Dismissed Syracuse Player Benny Williams

UCF head basketball coach Johnny Dawkins.

The UCF Knights picked up a new piece in the transfer portal on Sunday night. Syracuse transfer Benny Williams announced he would be taking his talents from snowy upstate New York to sunny central Florida.

Williams shared the news on his X account.


Williams was dismissed from the Orange program back in February. The dismissal came following SU’s 99-70 loss to Wake Forest on February 3rd. Williams received a technical foul after a scrum with a Demon Deacons player near the end of the first half. Williams threw the ball away and immediately received the technical. The forward then declined to take part in the handshake line.

Earlier in the season, before SU’s regular season opener, Williams was suspended for violating team rules. He missed the exhibition game against the College of St. Rose and wins over New Hampshire and Canisius. The specifics of the violation were unknown to the public.

Williams played in 18 games in the 2023-24 season with the Orange, averaging 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

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