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Illini's D.J. Williams Taking Leave Of Absence From Team

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.

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25 Named To High School Naismith Award Mid-Season Team

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)
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Tennessee Dismisses Junior G Detrick Mostella

Tennessee has dismissed junior guard Detrick Mostella for a violation of team rules.

Mostella averaged 10.5 points per contest this season while thriving in a sixth man role. Mostella was the second leading scorer on the team.

Tennessee is 8-7 on the season including a 1-2 record in SEC play.

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West Chicago G Tai Bibbs Now Released, Picks Up Trio Of Offers

Class of 2017 West Chicago standout Tai Bibbs, who is back on the board following a coaching change at Drake, has now picked up a trio of scholarship offers after officially getting his release.

Bibbs, a 6’3 guard, is in the midst of a strong senior season averaging better than 30 points per contest.

Ball State, Lafayette and Fort Wayne have all now already offered a scholarship to Bibbs, who was previously offered by all three ahead of his commitment to Drake.

Bibbs competed on the travel team circuit with Mercury Elite.

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