William Bynum

William Bynum (born January 4, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He played college basketball for the University of Arizona and Georgia Tech before going undrafted in the 2005 NBA draft.

Bynum attended Chicago’s Crane High School, where he played for coach Anthony Longstreet. As a junior in 1999–2000, he averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as he led the Cougars to a 20-9 record and helped them advanced to the Class AA Elite Eight, going on to earn all-state honors.

On November 14, 2000, Bynum signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for the University of Arizona.

As a senior in 2000–01, Bynum averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as he earned all-city and Chicago Public Player of the Year honors. He was also a Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection.

In his freshman season at Arizona 2001–02, Bynum averaged 6.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists as he posted three straight double-figure scoring efforts twice during the year and finished the year with nine double-figure scoring games. In the summer of 2002, he averaged 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game on Arizona’s 10-game tour of Australia. He saw action in six contests (three starts) before returning home to Chicago to be with his mother, Rose, who had been in the hospital.

In his sophomore season, Bynum played just eight games for Arizona before deciding to leave the program on January 6, 2003 and subsequently enrolled at Georgia Tech seven days later in order to give his mother a better opportunity to see him play. For the rest of the 2002–03 season, he practiced with the Yellow Jackets and participated in the team’s spring strength and conditioning workouts and individual instruction.

Bynum became eligible to play for the Yellow Jackets following the 2003 fall semester exams and went on to play 30 games in 2003–04 while averaging 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.5 minutes per game. As a senior in 2004–05, he was named to the ACC All-Tournament first team after averaging 20.7 points in three games. He also scored a Georgia Tech ACC Tournament record 35 points in the Yellow Jackets’ semi-final victory over North Carolina. For the season, he played 32 games while averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.3 minutes per game.

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