High-scoring Illinois guard signs with Hawkeyes

Chad Leistikow

IOWA CITY – Iowa's fifth basketball recruit in the Class of 2015 has put pen to paper, officially signing with the Hawkeyes.

Christian Williams, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard from Decatur, Ill., scored 1,587 points during his career at St. Teresa High School and led his team to four 20-win seasons.

"We are thrilled that Christian is part of our Hawkeye family," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Wednesday in a statement. "Christian is an incredibly versatile player who can play three positions. He's a terrific athlete with great length. He's a phenomenal passer and a proven winner. Christian fits very well with our style."

Williams averaged 18.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 steals a game as a senior. He committed to Iowa in March.

There's been a theme to McCaffery's sixth recruiting class: mid-sized athleticism. All five signees range between 6-5 and 6-7.

Iowa has one more scholarship to give in this class. That could end up going to 6-8, 220-pound forward Dale Jones, who averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds at Tyler (Texas) Junior College last season.


G Andrew Fleming (6-5, 205), Nashville, Tenn. (Oak Hill Academy)

F Brandon Hutton (6-6, 210), Chicago, Ill. (De La Salle)

F Ahmad Wagner (6-7, 215), Yellow Springs, Ohio (Wayne)

F Isaiah Moss (6-5, 175), Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)

G Christian Williams (6-6, 195), Decatur, Ill. (St. Teresa)