Seven decades of Colonials gathered last weekend in the Smith Center
Illinois transfer and former top-100 recruit to be eligible in 2018-19
AS A SOPHOMORE AT ILLINOIS: Appeared in 17 games, averaging 2.3 points ... had six points and four rebounds in season-high 18 minutes in opener vs. Southeast Missouri (Nov. 11) ... tallied a career-high nine points vs. McKendree (Nov. 15) ... scored six points vs. Detroit Mercy (Nov. 18) ... tied career high with five rebounds vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 10).
AS A FRESHMAN AT ILLINOIS: Played in 29 of 34 games, averaging 2.1 points ... logged double-digit minutes in 11 of the last 12 games, shooting 50 percent from the field over that stretch (18-36) ... earned start in first career game vs. North Florida (Nov. 13), scoring four points ... had four rebounds vs. North Dakota State (Nov. 15) ... scored five points in 18 minutes at No. 5 Michigan State (Jan. 7) ... had six points at Rutgers (Feb. 3) ... tallied a season-high eight points with four rebounds vs. No. 5 Iowa (Feb. 7) ... played 20 minutes at Northwestern (Feb. 13), finishing with six points behind first two career 3-pointers ... tied season high with eight points and grabbed career-high five rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Rutgers (Feb. 16).
HIGH SCHOOL: A consensus national top-100 recruit ... second-team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette ... second-team All-City by the Chicago Sun-Times ... ranked No. 78 on the recruiting services consensus index ... ranked No. 46 nationally by Scout, No. 64 by ESPN and No. 91 by 247Sports ... participated in USA Basketball U15, U16 and U17 Training Camps in the summers of 2012-2014 ... MVP of the MPAC Sports Elite International Tournament in Dubai in the summer of 2014, leading Simeon to the title while averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists ... averaged 10 points, six rebounds and four assists as a junior, earning special mention All-State honors by the IBCA ... member of Simeon teams that won IHSA Class 4A state titles his freshman (2012) and sophomore (2013) seasons
PERSONAL: Parents are Dennis Sr. and Lolita Williams ... given name is Dennis Williams Jr., but goes by DJ ... has two older sisters, Ashley and Rekia.
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