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Kankakee Prep Lincoln Williams keeps close eye on Illinois

Kankakee Prep Lincoln Williams keeps close eye on Illinois

Kankakee Prep Lincoln Williams keeps close eye on Illinois

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys recruiting director

June 25, 2024

RIVERSIDE, IL. — Lincoln Williams, a 6-foot-5 standout guard from Kankakee, showed off his talents at the Riverside Brookfield High School shootout and did not disappoint those in attendance. The 2026 four-star recruit showed off his skills in a matchup against Lemont High School, with Illinois assistant coach Tim Anderson watching closely.

Lincoln Williams courtesy of Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys

Williams’ jump shot was pure and his ability to outrun defenders was impressive. Unlike some players, Williams doesn’t demand the ball; the game comes naturally to him.

When asked by IlliniGuys if he noticed Illinois in the stands looking at him, Williams smiled and said, “Of course, they’re good guys too.” He added: “Right now I have nine offers. Illinois, Arizona State, UNLV, Virginia Tech and DePaul are the biggest schools.”

Williams said he has been to Champaign. “I was at the Nebraska game on February 4, where Coach TA (Tim Anderson) offered me a scholarship. It was a great game, the atmosphere was incredible… electric, it was a great college game. I like all the schools .Recruiting me, Illinois is my home state and they’re showing me some love right now. If I have a chance to do something important, why not do it at home?

Illinois is no longer just a stepping stone for recruits seeking other Power Five offers. Led by Brad Underwood, the program’s assistant coaches are highly regarded. Tim Anderson is a well-known figure in Chicago basketball, and Orlando Antigua, formerly with Kentucky, is responsible for several All-Americans, including Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn. Often overlooked, Geoff Alexander has been instrumental in landing talent in-state, including recent top-15 recruit Jeremiah Fears.

Williams is particularly impressed with Anderson. “Coach Tim is real, he keeps everything top-of-mind and is sincere and honest, so we know where we stand and what they think of us as players,” Williams said.

As Williams considers his future, he is among many Illinois high school students who now see playing for Illinois as a prestigious opportunity that puts them on the big stage.

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