According to the Mac Irvin Fire’s David Williams, four-star wing Da’Monte Williams has reaffirmed his commitment to Fighting Illini basketball and new head coach Brad Underwood.
This development comes just two days after Williams had an in-home meeting with Underwood and assistant coach Jamall Walker.
Williams originally committed to play for John Groce in February of 2016. At the time, he was ranked as the nation’s No. 46 overall recruit and held additional scholarship offers from Indiana and Kansas.
Unfortunately, the 6-foot-2 guard went down with an ACL injury during a game on December 2, causing him to miss most of his senior season as a result. That, combined with a lackluster AAU season in the Summer, has caused Williams to drop somewhat considerably to No. 108 in the class-of-2017 rankings.
Even so, Williams still looks to be a valuable addition to roster that’s been starved of playmaking ability on the wing in recent years.
Four-star point guard Trent Frazier issued a similar announcement two weeks ago, meaning Illinois has public backing from half of the incoming group of prospects.
The Fighting Illini are still waiting to hear from five-star big man Jeremiah Tilmon and three-star wing Javon Pickett. The two Illinois commits reportedly both had positive in-home meetings with Underwood, however they have yet to publicly comment on the coaching change.