Simeon Freshman Williams Collects Offer

Simeon Freshman wing D.J. (Dennis) Williams has been putting in a good showing on the 15 and Under AAU circuit this spring. In recognition of his efforts, he picked up a Big East scholarship offer today.

Dennis Williams didn't get a chance to play on varsity at Simeon as a freshman, but has been recognized as one of the best in the Chicago area for the class of 2015.

Williams already has offers from Cal Poly and Nebraska. On Tuesday, D.J. added a scholarship offer from DePaul to his collection.

The 6-5 wing didn't actually speak with the DePaul coaching staff today. The offer was extended through his coaches at Simeon and on the Meanstreets-Nunn 15 and under AAU team.

"It feels good," Williams said of the DePaul offer. "That's my first offer from close to home, so it gives me more options. I like that it's close to home."

Another thing that might appeal to Williams about DePaul is the fast-paced style of basketball that coach Oliver Purnell plays.

"I like the uptempo style of ball with a lot of good players around me," said Williams.

Williams has a couple of players that he wants to model his game after. One of them just happens to be on the Simeon varsity team.

"I like Melo (Carmelo Anthony) that's one of my favorite players," said D.J. "I'm trying to get some moves from Jabari (Parker). I've got to study his moves and try to use them on the court."

Next season, Williams hopes to be playing on Varsity along with Parker.

"That would be great," said D.J. "I'll be a sophomore playing with Jabari and going for a state championship."

Williams wasn't the only member of his Meanstreets-Nunn team to pick up a DePaul offer today. Teammate Charles Matthews also received a DePaul offer. Williams has had thoughts of playing with Matthews at the next level.

"It would be nice," said D.J. "As close as we are now, it would be real nice, because we play real good together."

Over the weekend, Williams impressed the scouts in attendance at the Hensley Memorial in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"He was stuck on the junior varsity at Chicago Simeon, but there is no worry there, he is darn good," said national analyst Brian Snow. "Williams is a true slasher who gets to the rim at will, and then is a big time athlete who finishes well above the rim. Like Matthews he will need to get stronger, and when that happens he becomes a handful for defenders on the wing."

D.J. Williams is just a freshman, but he's one who looks to follow in the footsteps of many of the great players before him at Simeon. He's one to keep an eye on.

We Are DePaul Top Stories