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Illinois gets early commitment from junior forward

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THE LIST: Class of 2015 Rivals150
Ever since John Groce took over at Illinois, he and his staff have worked hard to be a presence the city of Chicago. It seems to be paying off, at least at Simeon High School.
Tuesday morning, 6-foot-6 junior small forward D.J. Williams who ranks No. 45 in the class of 2015 committed to Groce and the Illini.
After plucking Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn out of Simeon in the class of 2013, Williams is the third player from Robert Smith's highly successful program to make a pledge to his home school University.
A four-star prospect, Williams is a wing who likes to shoot mid range jump shots. He's very good along the baseline, has good length and because of is good shooting form should be able to step out and be somebody who can shoot regularly from three point range.
Still a bit on the thin side, Williams does need to add strength but has a good nose for loose balls. At times he's a little bit straight up and down but when he gets into a good defensive stance and digs in he can be a good defender along the perimeter.
Williams is the Illini's first commitment from the class of 2015 but they are hoping they aren't done in Chicago this month. The nation's No. 4 player in 2014 is set to decide in a week and a half and has the Illini among his finalists.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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