One of the top high school boys basketball players in Springfield will also play his college basketball in the city.
Lanphier High School senior guard Aundrae Williams has committed to the University of Illinois Springfield. The 6-foot guard said on Tuesday he plans to sign a letter of intent next week.
“As soon as they brought me to the campus, I got to run up and down the court with the guys, and I felt like I was really at home,” he said. “That was a big part of my decision.”
The good news continues pouring in for the Prairie Stars. Williams is the second outstanding Central State Eight Conference recruit to head to UIS. Rochester High School forward Collin Stallworth has already signed with the Stars.
Williams helped Lanphier place fourth at the Class 3A state tournament. He was third on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game. He tied for first in 3-pointers with 47. He led the team with a 108-48 assist-to-turnover ratio. He received Associated Press Class 3A all-state and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 3A/4A all-state honorable mention honors. He also appeared on The State Journal-Register All-Metro Boys Basketball second team.
In addition to UIS, Lewis University in Romeoville also made an offer to Williams. UIS and Lewis are both in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, which is considered by many to be the top basketball conference in Division II. Playing in a highly rated and competitive conference was important to Williams.
“I didn’t want to play the next four years in a weak conference,” he said. “I know how good of a conference the GLVC is.”
He also wanted to make a statement.
“I want to show local players around here are some of the top players in the country,” Williams said.
UIS head coach Bill Walker and assistant Austin McBeth watched Williams play for Lanphier on multiple occasions, according to Williams.
“They said they liked me more and more as the season went on,” Williams said.
He visited the campus in April. Stallworth was also there.
“He was on his third or fourth visit,” Williams said. “I was on my first visit.”
It may have been Williams first visit to UIS, but he knows Stallworth quite well. They played on the same AAU team in grade school. Williams and Stallworth will be the first players from the SJ-R circulation area on the UIS roster since Lincoln High School graduate Brandon Farmer was a senior on the 2010-11 team.
Williams, who plans to major in business, said the UIS coaching staff was attracted to his basketball and leadership skills as well as other attributes.
“They said they liked not only my ability on the court to be a leader but I could be a true point guard which they needed,” Williams said. “They feel like my character and personality fits the team well.”
Taken from the sj-r.com