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.
Proud to announce that I will be committing to the University of Illinois pic.twitter.com/VE0BmPrUwU
— Monte (@DAWilliams14) February 29, 2016
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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.