D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

D.J. Williams is leaving the Illinois program after two seasons.

Illini sophomore forward D.J. Williams has received his release and will transfer from the program, Illinois announced on Monday.

Williams averaged 2.3 points per game last season, while appearing in only 17 contests. He did not play in 16 of Illinois' final 19 games to close out the year.

“After meeting with D.J., we came to the decision that a fresh start is in his best interest,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “We wish him success with the next chapter of his career.”

The former top-50 recruit out of Simeon was considered a very big get for John Groce when he committed in Nov. 2013. But inconsistency at the high school and AAU level dropped his national ranking, and that issue continued at Illinois.

Williams showed flashes down the stretch of his freshman year, as he played double-digit minutes in 11 of the last 12 games of that season. He played 320 minutes on the season, but that dropped to 150 this past year.

Illinois now has four open scholarships on next season's roster.

Williams tweeted a statement on Monday night.


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