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Providence Day’s Grant Williams will play basketball for Tennessee

Providence Day’s Grant Williams will play basketball next year for Tennessee. He signed with the Volunteeers Friday morning.
Providence Day’s Grant Williams will play basketball next year for Tennessee. He signed with the Volunteeers Friday morning. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Providence Day power forward Grant Williams signed a men’s basketball scholarship to play for Tennessee Friday morning in the school’s packed auditorium.

Williams, a 6-foot-7 senior, led the Chargers to the N.C. Independent Schools semifinals last season when he averaged 18 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.7 assists.

Williams made the Associated Press all-state team and was co-Observer Player of the Year with Ardrey Kell’s Steven Santa Ana, now a freshman at Elon.

Williams, who chose the Volunteers over Ivy League schools Princeton and Yale, had more than 30 Division I scholarship offers.

Also signing at Providence Day were girls’ track star Anna Cockrell (Southern Cal) and top 50 national recruit Erin Whalen, a member of the girls’ basketball team. She signed with Vanderbilt.

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