Friday, June 23, 2017

GW signs Illinois transfer DJ Williams

Here's some good news: GW signed former Illinois wing DJ Williams, who left that program in May. He was a former 4-star recruit but played sparingly for the Illini, appearing in 4 games. He'll sit for a season then play in the next one and has two years of eligibility.

He's a 6'7" guard from Chicago, so it's nice to see Maurice Joseph getting some talent from there -- former star forward Mike Hall is from the Windy City as well, he played on the great mid-2000s teams and played a bit in the NBA, later starring in Europe.

There's a big GWHoops thread on him, and here's his Illinois profile. He earned a lot of praise coming out of high school (see below) but his minutes dropped each year at Illinois on a stacked team. He did seem improve towards the end of the year. I hope he gets an opportunity to shine here!
  • #11 small forward nationally as a senior
  • 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 U17 Training Camp in the summer of 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
  • High school coach was Rob Smith
  • Played for the Meanstreets AAU program, coached by Tai Streets
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