Simeon's D.J. Williams Pleased With UI Offer

The Fighting Illini basketball coaching staff has been hosting a number of players to campus on unofficial visits this summer. Among those who showed up this past week was 2015 shooting guard D.J. Williams, a future star at Chicago Simeon. He received an Illini offer while on the visit, and he discusses it in this report.

D.J. Williams enjoyed his midweek visit to Illinois, and he was pleased to get an offer from Illini coaches.

"I liked it. It was real fun down there. I love the coaching staff and in particular Coach (John) Groce. It's close to home, and I like the players that are there. I loved everything about it."

Williams shared his thoughts on Groce.

"He's a real people person. He's confident, he can talk to you about anything. He's real easy to talk to."

Groce's plans for offense and defense seem to fit well with what Williams does with Chicago Simeon.

"I like it. They have an up-tempo style of play, and I like getting up and down the court and scoring. I like that style of play."

Williams got to see part of campus, although the recent heat wave limited that opportunity.

"We took a tour of the campus. We saw the Illini football field and stadium. They were telling us about the classes and all kinds of stuff. It was pretty hot, so we had to cut it short."

This will not be the only time the 6'-6" wing player checks out the campus.

"We're supposed to be going back down later in the summer. I'm not sure when, but it will be before school starts."

Williams has strong family support. His mom sometimes wears a "Team DJ" shirt while watching his AAU games.

"Yeah, I've had that all my life. For football they had it, and they kept on with it for basketball."

Simeon will be loaded with upperclassmen talent again this year, but Williams feels he can get significant playing time with the three-time-in-a-row state champs.

"I feel I can fit in real easy. I played with them some last year, so I'm used to it already. Playing games will be just like practice."

A number of schools are in touch already, with more certain to follow.

"I've been hearing from Texas, LSU, Providence, Tennessee and Purdue. I went to an elite camp at Tennessee last weekend. Me and my mom want to visit Texas later this summer."

This will likely be a long recruiting process, but the Illini are off to a quick start with this future star.

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