With his play for Kankakee High School during the winter and Mac Irvin Fire early on in the spring so far, Lincoln Williams is proving he is one of the top players in Illinois’ 2026 class and possibly the Midwest. 

Williams started off his high school career on the hardwood in a big way. In his freshmen season, he was already named honorable mention all-conference in the Southland Conference. During the season he averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds a game. 

While still at a young age, he already has plenty of tools that should translate to the next level. He has plenty of size in the back court at 6’4” with good length and athleticism. He is a skilled scorer attacking the basket but can also hit shots from the outside in addition to his good ability defending on the perimeter. “I would describe my game more of like a slow pace,” Williams said about his play style. “I like to play at my pace and do what I do.” 

At this point early on, no colleges have started recruiting the star freshman. Though it is only a matter of time before Williams has interest from a long list of division one programs. There are few players in the 2026 class with his combination of physical tools and abilities on the court.