Devin Williams Earns Illini Basketball Offer

While most Illini fans are focusing on in-state targets for the class of 2013, the Illinois coaching staff has found a 2013 post player they like from Ohio. The Illini have extended a scholarship offer to Cincinnati Withrow's Devin Williams.

Devin Williams is a 6'-8" power forward from Cincinnati Withrow High School. He is incredibly strong at 235 pounds. He combines this with his athleticism and skill set to pack a power punch as an offensive threat. High majors across the country are starting to line up. Illinois was the first school to offer the sophomore.

The lead recruiter is Illini assistant Jerrance Howard.

"Coach Howard came up to my school to check in," Williams relates. "After school, my coach told me I got the offer. I had talked to him before I got the offer. He is cool. I don't really know a lot yet, but I will."

Williams shared what he likes most about the Illini program.

"They have a lot of big men. They seem to work with their big men. They progress. They come out better than they came in."

Currently, his two offers are from the Illini and Purdue. The recruiting process has been going well for Williams.

"It has been good. They have been treating me good. I can't wait for July for all the coaches to come out. I have a lot of high major schools looking at me."

Although he is looking forward to coaches getting the opportunity to see him during the evaluation period, word has already got out about him.

"I'm hearing from Ohio State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Xavier, Oregon, Indiana, Michigan State, and Michigan."

He has visited several local schools but plans to visit more this summer.

"I have visited Ohio State. I haven't have had the chance to visit a lot because most of the schools are a ways out other than Cincinnati, Xavier, Dayton, and Ohio State.

When the summer hits around June, I will be going on the road a lot. I was supposed to be visiting Purdue sometime. I will be taking an unofficial to Illinois. I will also go back up to Ohio State and go to West Virginia."

Williams discussed where his game is at as a sophomore going into a critical summer for him.

"I think it is at a pretty good level. I have a long way to go. I am going to continue to work hard and continue progressing. My jump shot has got better. My dribbling skills are getting there. My rebounding is excellent because I play so hard, and I want it so much."

What are his strengths as a player?

"Seeing the court and shooting. I am aggressive going to the basket. My jumping ability is a lot better than it was last year."

His skill set is solid, as he can step out and hit a 18 foot jump shot. He also has several effective post moves. For a big man, he is a good passer with the ability to find open teammates. He also rebounds at a high level. Another major advantage for Williams is his physical strength.

"It helps me getting rebounds and overpowering guys in the post. It helps me with shooting and dunks."

When around the hoop, he doesn't want to put it in softly either!

"I am going to tear the rim down all day. I am trying to take it off! Like Chocolate Thunder (Darryl Dawkins)!"

Williams is a prospect on the rise and a guy the Illini coaching staff has identified and offered early in the process.

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