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Savion Gallion signs with UB men's basketball

Less than a week after he completed a visit to the University at Buffalo, Savion Gallion made it official: He will join the Bulls for the 2019-2020 season.

Gallion, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Washington, D.C., signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulls. UB announced Gallion's signing on Wednesday, and he is the third signee in the spring signing period and in Jim Whitesell's first recruiting class as head coach.

Gallion joins David Nickelberry, a 6-foot-7-inch wing from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, and David Skogman, a 6-foot-10-inch forward from Waukesha (Wis.) West in UB's incoming class for 2019-2020.

Gallion recently completed a postgraduate year at Mt. Zion Prep in Lanham, Md., where he averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

As a senior at Thurgood Marshall High School in Washington in 2017-18, Gallion was a Washington Post All-Met team honorable mention selection. He averaged 22.0 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game at Marshall.

“I play a lot of defense, and I like to play good defense and get up and down the court,” Gallion said. “I'm a shooter, so you can expect some threes, too.”

However, Gallion elected to join Mt. Zion Prep for a postgraduate year, in order to raise his profile as a college basketball prospect.

“I didn't really have a lot of schools recruiting me out of high school,” Gallion said. “Prep school definitely helped, with the weight room, and with the gym way more. I got bigger and I got better with my game.”

Gallion chose UB over Illinois State; he said UB’s coaches contacted him after he played in a tournament two weeks ago.

When Gallion visited UB last week, he liked the energy and the intensity that he saw in the Bulls’ workouts.

“The players are really serious about what they do,” said Gallion, who plans to study computer science at UB. “They do well in the classroom, too, and that motivates me to do better in the classroom.

He also went bowling with several of UB’s players, but admitted this much: “I wasn’t that good.”

The spring signing period in Division I basketball opened April 17 and runs through May 15. Following Gallion's signing, UB has two scholarships available for 2019-20.

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Noah Williams, a guard from Washington, who originally committed to UB in March, announced Tuesday that he will play basketball at Washington State.

Williams is a 6-foot-4-inch guard from O'Dea High School in Seattle, who reopened his recruitment April 3, a week after Nate Oats left UB to coach the Alabama men's basketball team.

247Sports ranks Williams as a 3-star prospect.

Williams' father, Guy Williams, played for the Cougars from 1981 to 1983.

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