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SEATTLE – Kobe Williamson, a 6-8 guard out of Melbourne, Australia, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and basketball career at Seattle University, men's basketball Head Coach Jim Hayford announced Wednesday.

"We are very excited to have Kobe join our program," Hayford said. "He is an excellent student who professors will enjoy having in their classes. He is an outstanding person and will be a loved teammate. And on the court he has a unique skill set that, paired with his size, makes him very difficult to defend."

Williamson attends Haileybury College in Melbourne where he averaged 20.2 points, 17.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 blocks per game during the 2019 season.

His breadth of experience is also highlighted by national and international play. Williamson has been a member of the U17 Australian National Team, as well as playing for Victoria on the U16, U18 and U20 national teams.

Most recently, he competed for Victoria's U20 team in the 2019 National Championships, contributing 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Victoria took Gold in the tournament.

In the 2018 FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup, Williamson averaged 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds over seven games played for Australia. He also averaged 7.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in five games as Australia earned Gold at the 2018 U16 Asia Championships.

The 2018 Victoria Junior Athlete of the Year, Williamson has also competed for the Sandringham Sabers U18 team in the Southern Basketball Association, which were the 2018 U18 Victorian champions, and the Dandenong Rangers, where he averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game to be named a league All-Star.

"Kobe is an outstanding passer and has shown the ability to score at a high level," Hayford said. "He has played on the Australian National team, joining others in our program who have represented their country at the highest level."

Williamson joins four additional signees - Leo Da Campo, Viktor Rajkovic, Nate Robinson and Vasja Pandža - to make up the Redhawks' 2020 recruiting class.

Seattle U is back in action Saturday, Nov. 30, hosting Idaho at the Redhawk Center. Tip off from the Redhawks Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Mini plans and single-game tickets can be purchased by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at 206-398-GOSU, email seattleutickets@seattleu.edu or visit goseattleu.com/tix.

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