Ex-Illini Star Frank Williams Arrested

Ex-Illinois Fighting Illini basketball player Frank Williams was arrested with his brother yesterday with a ton of pot and a firearm, PJStar.com reports.

(F)ormer Big Ten Conference men’s basketball MVP and a younger brother were arrested about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday after Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group agents seized 78 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a .40-caliber handgun at the younger brother’s residence. 

Frank Williams, 29, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.  Since 90% of court cases end in pleas, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that both Williams brothers are going to enter a plea and get 1 -12 months in prison because of their lack of a criminal background.

Frank is still trying to make it into the league.  He played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the D-League and averaged 17.3 points and 3.6 assists in 47 games.  Those are good numbers, but the drug/gun bust is going to further hurt his chances of making it back into the NBA. 

From a basketball prespective, this story makes me very sad.  The first year I started to pay attention to college basketball was Frank Williams’ freshman year with the Illini.  He, along with Deron Williams, are my favorite two Illini players and I get depressed when I think about his failure in the NBA.  Though he was inconsistent throughout his college career, Williams had the ability to take over games by consistently getting in the lane and making it look effortless. 

Here’s an example of the player Williams was against the college where I went to school:

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