Former four-star recruit DJ Williams has joined the men’s basketball team

DJ Williams drives to the basket when he played for George Washington.

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DJ Williams drives to the basket when he played for George Washington.

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Former four-star recruit DJ Williams has reportedly enrolled DePaul and is immediately eligible to play this season with the DePaul men’s basketball team, Evan Daniels of 247sports reported on Wednesday. 

Williams last played at George Washington last season where he averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game on 40.1 percent shooting and 29.8 percent shooting from the 3-point line. Prior to playing at George Washington, the Chicago native spent two seasons at Illinois, but he never found consistent playing time under two head coaches — and only averaged 2.2 points per game in 46 games for the Fighting Illini. After spending two seasons at Illinois, Williams transferred to George Washington in 2017, and after sitting out one season due to NCAA transfer rules — he played with the George during the 2018-2019 season. 

The six-foot-seven guard played at Simeon high school in Chicago, where he was a consensus top-100 recruit heading into his senior year. Williams was named to the second-team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, and won two state titles in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Williams will most likely come off the bench for DePaul, who can use more scoring production from their second unit in the Big East. This season, the Blue Demons’ bench has provided the team with 17.2 points per game, with junior guard Devin Gage leading the second unit in points per game (5.1). 

DePaul’s next game is against No. 5 Butler on Saturday at Wintrust Arena, but according to a source close to the team, he doesn’t expect that Williams will play against the Bulldogs because the guard has yet to practice with the team. 

The Blue Demons got off to a hot start this season, winning 12 of their first 13 games before entering Big East play — but that form has yet to carry over into league play. After two weeks, DePaul stands at 0-4 in the conference after their overtime loss to No. 14 Villanova on Tuesday.