Da'Monte Williams still on board in Illini 2017 class

Legacy recruit Da'Monte Williams reaffirms his commitment to the Illinois basketball program.

Good news was made official on Wednesday, as Peoria Manual four-star guard Da'Monte Williams reaffirmed his commitment to the Illini basketball program.

Williams -- the son of former Illini great Frank Williams -- is a key piece to a 2017 class that ranks ninth in the country. New head coach Brad Underwood and assistant Jamall Walker met with the legacy recruit for two hours on Monday night in Peoria.


"I just wanted to know that I was still a big part of the plan and that we were going to turn around the program," Williams said. "And that's what they told me. They said that we're going to get it back to where it was when my dad played there."

What was Williams' biggest takeaway on Underwood?

"He's a winner. And I want to win," Williams said.

Underwood's system seems to intertwine nicely with Williams' abilities as a strong and skilled combo guard.

"His system definitely fits my style. I like to get up and down," Williams said. "I think I can do really well."

Right now, Williams continues to rehab from a torn ACL early on in the high school season. He said the knee is progressing very well.

"I'm focused on getting my knee right for next season. I go to therapy three times a week. I give it 110 percent," Williams said. "I go back to the doctor on April 5 to see if I'm ready to start running again."

How ready is Williams to make the move over to Champaign this summer for the start of school and team workouts?

"Man, I can't wait. June can't come soon enough," he said.

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