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May 18, 2001

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%^$%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, announced the signing of Clark Williams, a 6-foot-6-inch, 195-pound forward from Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Ga., to a NCAA National Letter of Intent. Williams will be one of four incoming freshman joining the Buckeyes for the 2001-02 season.%^$

%^$Berkmar (29-4) finished No. 9 nationally in the final USA Today boys basketball poll following its 55-53 win over Savannah in the 2001 5A state champhionship game. It was the second-consecutive state championship for Berkmar.%^$

%^$Williams averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a high school senior. As a junior, he averaged 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in leading Berkmar to the state title with a 30-2 record. He averaged 16.3 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He was a First Team All-State selection as both a junior and senior.%^$

%^$O’Brien said Williams adds an outside shooting threat and winning experience to the Buckeyes.%^$

%^$”We are thrilled Clark has chosen to play at Ohio State,” O’Brien said. “He is a talented outside shooter. He is an athletic wing player with potential to become a good player.%^$

%^$”We were especially attracted to his demeanor and personality,” O’Brien said. “He also comes from an extremely successful high school program.”%^$

%^$Williams joins Matt Sylvester (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller), Terence Dials (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) as newcomers to the program. Sylvester, Dials and Fuss-Cheatham signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes in November of 2000.%^$

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2001-02 OSU Men’s Basketball Newcomers%^$No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/High School%^$2 Brandon Fuss-Cheatham G 6-1 190 Fr. Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk%^$32 Clark Williams F 6-6 195 Fr. Lilburn, Ga./Berkmar%^$34 Terence Dials F/C 6-9 240 Fr. Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman%^$40 Matt Sylvester F 6-7 200 Fr. Loveland, Ohio/Moeller%^$