D.J. Williams

  • Forward • 6-7 / 201 cms
  •  200 lbs / 91
  •  Simeon Career Academy ‘15
  • Chicago, Ill.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team on March 27, 2013.
  • Participated in the October 2012 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School Notes

  • Attends Simeon Career Academy (Ill.), where he helped his team capture a pair of Illinois Class 4A state titles.
  • As a sophomore in 2012-13, the Wolverines posted a 28-3 record and earned the 2013 Illinois Class 4A crown.
  • As a freshman in 2011-12, Simeon went 33-1, earned the Chicago Public league title and won the 2012 Illinois Class 4A state championship.
  • Posted 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the 2012 Chicago Elite Classic against Milton High School.
  • Played football in junior high school.

Personal Notes

  • Born on March 20, 1997, in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.
  • Son of Lolita and Dennis Williams Sr., has two older sisters, Rekia Williams (28) and Ashley Williams (23).
  • Aunt, Katrina Bailey, is retired from the U.S. Army, while his cousin, Quiana Bailey is currently serving in the U.S. Navy.
  • Both of his sisters played basketball at South Suburban Junior College (Ill.).
  • Started playing basketball in the first grade.
  • Tweets under the handle @D_Will_1.

The Inside Scoop

  • Watched mostly basketball during the 2012 Olympics and remembers most the night LeBron James posted the first triple-double in Olympic history versus Australia on Aug. 8, 2012 (11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists).
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: Kevin Durant, “because of his scoring ability and confidence.”
  • Plans on majoring in: architectural drafting.
  • If he could drive anything, it would be: a Maserati.
  • Favorite Twitter account to follow: @nicekicks.
  • Top five movies of all time: Friday, He Got Game, Space Jam, House Party and Above the Rim.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: CCS Magazine.
  • Favorite sports magazine: Sports Illustrated.
  • Pregame snack: fruit snacks.
  • Favorite app: Instagram.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: football.
  • Favorite class: Spanish.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Kevin Durant.
  • Favorite team: Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • Favorite Olympian: Michael Phelps.
  • Most played song on his iPod: “Everything is Ours” by Future.
  • Best players ever faced: Jabari Parker and Dwyane Wade.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Dwyane Wade because, “he doesn’t act cocky. He’s down to earth.”
  • Would compare his game to: Rudy Gay and Paul George.
  • This left-hander (right-handed shooter) wears No. 0 because: he wanted to make his own number popular.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: hanging out with friends and going shopping.
  • Most people don’t know: he’s left handed. He does everything with his left hand, with the exception of shooting the basketball.
  • Traveled to Cancun, Mexico, 6 years ago.