3. Deron Williams
Deron Williams had a great career for the Orange and Blue and earned a lot of individual awards. He had great success on the team and was one of the leaders for the program.
Williams had career averages of 11 points, 5.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1 steal per game. He shot 42-percent from the field and 37-percent from three-point range. He had a 50-percent effective field goal rating as well.
The best season for Williams was his sophomore year. He finished that season averaging 14 points, 6.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1 steal per game. He also shot 40-percent from the field and 39-percent from three-point range.
Williams ranks in the top two for Illini career assists average with 5.9 assists per game. He is also in the top 20 for total career points as an Illini. He does have a list of individual awards too. Williams has been named to two All-Big Ten teams and was named as an All-American in 2005. Not to mention that he was named to the 2004 All-Big Ten Tournament team.
The team success is a big reason why I have Williams in my top three. While at Illinois, he made the NCAA tournament three years in a row. He also won a Big Ten Tournament title and made it to a national championship.
I think the biggest knock somebody can find is that Williams didn’t have eye-popping stats. But that was because he played in the backcourt with Dee Brown and Luther Head. With that said, Williams goes down as the No. 3 point guard in the history of Illini basketball.