University of Illinois sophomore D.J. Williams will be taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.
There was a mutual understanding of why he needed to leave for a few days,” head coach John Groce said. “There are some things, and I’ve said this to you guys before, that are a lot more important than basketball. We’ll continue to have conversations with him moving forward and certainly keep him in our thoughts and prayers.”
Williams is averaging 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game this season with Illinois.
Williams was not with the team for Wednesday night’s home win over Michigan.
25 players have been selected to the Mid-Season Team in contention for the 2017 Naismith Player of the Year Award. 10 semifinalists will be announced on February 7.
DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix, AZ)
Mohamed Bamba (Harlem, NY)
Brian Bowen (Saginaw, MI)
Troy Brown Jr. (Las Vegas, NV)
Wendell Carter (Atlanta, GA)
Trevon Duval (Wilmington, DE)
Jalek Felton (Mullins, SC)
Quade Green (Philadelphia, PA)
Jaylen Hands (San Diego, CA)
Jaren Jackson (Indianapolis, IN)
Kevin Knox (Tampa, FL)
Brandon McCoy (San Diego, CA)
John Petty (Huntsville, AL)
Michael Porter Jr. (Seattle, WA)
Billy Preston (Los Angeles, CA)
Nick Richards (Queens, NY)
Mitchell Robinson (New Orleans, LA)
Collin Sexton (Mableton, GA)
Jeremiah Tilmon (East St. Louis, IL)
Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley, MN)
Lonnie Walker (Reading, PA)
M.J. Walker (Jonesboro, GA)
P.J. Washington (Las Vegas, NV)
Kris Wilkes (Indianapolis, IN)
Trae Young (Norman, OK)