There have been many players this summer who have played well and gotten attention, along with scholarship offers. None more than 4-star top 100 6’5 180-lb Donovan Williams from Houston Hoops. He was named to the All-Breakthrough team at the Peach Jam in Atlanta two weeks ago and continued to impress last weekend.

Donovan can do a good bit of everything, he averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds at the Peach Jam. His long arms make it tough to block his shot in traffic and he causes havoc defensively in passing lanes. The Illini staff have taken notice, particularly assistant Jamall Walker. He fell in love with Donovan’s game and Brad Underwood offered after they watched him play together. Jamall has kept tabs and watched Donovan play each weekend since the offer. I caught up with Donovan after Illinois offered along with Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Northwestern.

In his words with Donovan Williams

I wanted to know how long he has been in contact with the Illini staff.

He told me “I’ve been talking to coach Walker since June and we’ve established a nice relationship. We talk 3 or 4 times a week and he believes my length and athleticism can translate to the college ranks and really allow me to be effective.”

In regards to his interest in Illinois

Donovan said ” I do have interest in Illinois. Their playing style is very interesting the way they use their players and with the new staff, I just plan to get more acquainted and learn about them more.”

I asked who has stuck out to him leading up to his recent offers.

Williams said “Right now the schools that are sticking out for me are Miami,Arizona State,Texas, and SMU”

My last question for Donovan was targeting his strength as a player.

He told me “My strengths are being a multi dimensional player, that can go inside and out. I have a high IQ and I know how to make smart plays. I think I can improve on my offensive skill set just as any other player and being even more effective on defense than i already am.”

Donovan mentioned he plans to decide on Official Visits in mid August and plans on signing in November

Swami’s Take

The Illini staff isn’t putting all it’s egg in one basket. They aren’t afraid to offer a kid and go after them. Media and fans can talk about priorities but Donovan Williams intrigues the staff. With so many talented wings in 2019, Williams has stood out this summer.

Regardless how it plays out this fall, Illinois is putting in the time and effort on players they want. Jamall Walker has done a nice job in this recruitment and has given Illinois a chance to compete with the Texas schools for this Native Texan. Will it be enough to get a visit? We will find out over the next month

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