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Illinois guard Da'Monte Williams (20) in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 14,, 2021.

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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.

Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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