CHAMPAIGN — Leave it to Da’Monte Williams to keep it simple.
The Illinois senior guard announced late Wednesday afternoon he was returning for a fifth season with a straightforward Instagram post. No caption. Just a series of photos and a graphic stating, “I’m back.”
Williams will join fellow “super senior” Trent Frazier in taking advantage of a bonus year of eligibility created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Frazier announced his return for a fifth season earlier this month. The Illini will also have a third “super senior” in Utah transfer guard Alfonso Plummer.
Williams started 17 of 31 games during the 2020-21 season, shifting to a bench role in the second half of the season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard averaged career highs in points (5.5 ppg) and rebounds (5.3 rpg). He also shot a career high 54.7 percent from three-point range as a lights out catch-and-shoot weapon on the wing for the Illini offense.