Rebels announce signing of Williams

Williams is first signee at Ole Miss for Coach Andy Kennedy and staff.

Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy picked up his first signee with the Rebels Thursday, receiving a national letter of intent from junior forward Kenny Williams from St. Petersburg Community College. The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder from Miami, Fla., will attend Ole Miss beginning in the 2006-07 academic year.

"We're excited to have Kenny join the team," said Kennedy. "He brings size and athleticism to the forward position. With his experience and productivity at the junior college level, Kenny should make an immediate impact next year."

Williams was a two-time first-team All-Suncoast Conference selection at St. Petersburg and led the Titans to the Suncoast Championship both seasons.

This year, Williams was a first-team preseason JUCO All-American and posted 17.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game. He turned in 13 double-doubles and shot 55.0 percent in helping guide the team to a 25-7 record.

Williams averaged a team-high 16.4 points as a freshman and ranked second on the squad in rebounding (6.3), steals (1.4), blocks (1.2) and field goal percentage (53.8).

A first-team All-Dade County prep tight end, Williams originally signed with Auburn out of American Senior High School in Miami, as part of the Tigers' 2003 football recruiting class. A three-year starter, Williams totaled 20 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.

Williams' senior year also saw him average 15.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on the hardwood and direct American to an 11-3 record and a top-10 ranking in Class 6A. As a junior, he earned honorable mention all-state distinction by notching 14 points and 17 rebounds per game.

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