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Illinois SF D.J. Williams taking “temporary leave” from team, absent for Michigan game

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A team spokesman informed media members of the news on Wednesday night.

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Illinois sophomore D.J. Williams is taking a “temporary leave” from the basketball program, according to a team spokesman. The 6-foot-7 wing is absent for tonight’s contest against the Michigan Wolverines, and according to the pregame radio show, he wasn’t at practice on Tuesday, either.

Williams, a former four-star prospect out of Chicago (Simeon), is averaging 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in limited playing time this season (9.9 minutes per game). This is purely speculation, but in my opinion, this has the look of an imminent transfer announcement.

John Groce will presumably be commenting on this situation after Wednesday night’s game, so we’ll update this post with more information once it’s been made available.