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Da'Monte Williams follows in footsteps of father Frank, commits to Illini


Da'Monte Williams follows in footsteps of father Frank, commits to Illini

Frank Williams had one of the most illustrious careers of any Illinois basketball player.

And at halftime of Sunday's game against Minnesota, another member of his family committed to wear orange and blue.

Da'Monte Williams, a four-star point guard from Peoria and member of the Class of 2017, is following in his father's footsteps, announcing his commitment to John Groce's program on Twitter.

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Da'Monte Williams had several other in-state offers, picking Illinois over Bradley, Illinois State and UIC. Indiana also made an offer, according to Rivals.

Frank Williams ranks 16th on the Illinois all-time scoring list. He poured in 1,440 points in three seasons playing for former head coaches Lon Kruger and Bill Self. He led the team in scoring in 2000-01 and 2001-02. He also ranks in the top 10 all-time in assists, steals and minutes played. Only Dee Brown, Luther Head and Deron Williams scored more points than Frank Williams' 148 for the Illini in NCAA tournament play. His 30-point game against Kansas in 2001 is the second-best single-game scoring effort by an Illinois player in an NCAA tournament game, second only to Deron Williams' 31 points vs. Cincinnati in 2004.

Frank Williams was a member of teams that won two Big Ten championships, posted a collective 65-27 record and won four NCAA tournament games, including marching to the Sweet Sixteen in his final year, 2002.

Frank Williams was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 2002 NBA Draft. He appeared in 86 games over three NBA seasons with the New York Knicks and Bulls.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.