Williams has a handful of offers

D.J. Williams is already a high level athlete, and now he is adding more skill to go along with it. With that recruiting attention continues to pour in.

Sophomore D.J. Williams out of Chicago (Ill.) Simeon got to experience another state title this year. This was the first time that Williams was a real contributor to the squad, and with the experience under his belt he is looking forward to having an excellent spring and summer on the AAU circuit.

Winning a state title is never easy, and though Simeon has four in a row, Williams says this year was as difficult as ever.

"It was fun," said Williams of the season. "We worked really hard and nothing was given to us. During practice Coach Rob (Smith) was always telling us we had to work harder because the target was on our back."

In terms of his own game, the 6-foot-6 developing wing says he is focused on improving his perimeter skills and being assertive.

"I have gotten a little more aggressive and I have gotten stronger going to the basket," said Williams. "I just have to get a little more consistent. I can settle too much, but I am starting to get that habit out."

When it comes to Williams' recruitment, he already owns a handful of offers, and is getting some major attention from elite level programs.

"Illinois, DePaul, Nebraska, and Florida have all offered me," said Williams. "Also I have interest from Michigan State."

At Simeon he has two teammates, Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn, who are both going to Illinois. For Williams that is a big deal, and he says the duo is in his ear about joining them.

"It is a blessing to get that offer," said Williams of Illinois. "Kendrick and Jaylon are my brothers, and they are always getting on me to come to Illinois, and telling me to just commit. I am going to wait it out until my senior year, but I definitely like Illinois."

The Florida Gators got to see Williams when recruiting class of 2013 prospect Jabari Parker, and that led to an offer.

"It was surprising when they offered," said Williams of Florida. "Coach (Billy) Donovan came to one of our games before Jabari committed, and they got a chance to look at me and started recruiting me. Then after another game, that is when they offered me."

Williams is running this summer with Meanstreets on the 16 and under team. He is considered the No. 3 small forward and the No. 22 prospect overall.


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