Exclusive: Dee Brown on Why He Left Illini Basketball, His Future Plans

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The immortal artist Paul Gaugin once said “one must do whatever is necessary to create.” Former Illini basketball great Dee Brown embodied that philosophy during his playing career, as he did whatever it took to create opportunities for both his teammates and himself on the offensive end.

He won the 2006 Bob Cousy Award (nation’s best point guard) his senior season, capping an Illinois career which included a national title game appearance, first team All-American status and a B1G Player of the Year Award. These days, Brown is again doing whatever is necessary to try and create the coaching career he seeks.

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Deron Williams Will Have a NBA Job Next Year, Says Dee Brown

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The future of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Deron Williams remains in doubt.

Williams signed a one year, $410,733 contract with the Cavaliers, all of it guaranteed, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2017. His previous team, D. Will’s hometown Dallas Mavericks, paid him $9,000,000 in 2016-17.

After an absolutely abysmal NBA Finals performance (he finished with just five points on 2-of-16 shooting, 1-of-9 from three-point range and five turnovers in just 61 total minutes of action), many are wondering if Deron Williams will return at all to the league next season.

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Caleb Swanigan Could Get Minutes Immediately, Given Portland Trail Blazers Needs

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You’ve read all the scouting reports on Caleb Swanigan, the 6’9” Power Forward/Center out of Purdue University who was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

You already know the limitations of his athleticism and his defense. You’ve already heard/read about how Swanigan turns the ball over too much. On the flip side, you also know how well he rebounds and passes, what a great shooter he is for a player his size, and that he takes care of business at the free-throw line too.

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Ex Illini Signee Jeremiah Tilmon Arrested for Possession of Intoxicants by a Minor

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For the segment of Illinois basketball fans that believe losing out on Jeremiah Tilmon is a blessing in disguise, Monday brought news that they’ll eat up like a starving person sitting in front of a big steak.

The former Illini signee, who then later defected to Mizzou after both programs made coaching changes, was arrested this past weekend by Missouri University Police.

Here’s a tweet from Daniel Jones, who covers Mizzou basketball for the local newspaper in Columbia, Missouri.

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Steve Lavin Has a Very Active, Extremely Interesting Instagram Account

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“Social Media Expert” is a meaningless title, said “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver during an episode last season. “All it takes is wanting it bad enough and not caring if people hate you,” he followed up on another episode later that season.

He’s right, and I often reiterate these quotes before judging someone on the content of their social media accounts. When it comes to Steve Lavin, though I have nothing but good things to say.

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Illini Basketball Keeps Beefing Up Front Court By Adding Matic Vesel

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Illini basketball has landed Matic Veselaccording to Derek Piper of Scout. While that phrase sounds like a marketing buzzword you’d hear at an information technology convention, or maybe a term used during a Naval mission debriefing, it is actually the name of a soon to be Illini basketball player.

This is great news too, and Illinois really needs to beef up their front-court. Depth is needed at forward and center so that Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood can rely on his preferred three guard lineups, and not be forced into often putting four guards on the floor.

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LaVall Jordan Now Officially the Next Butler Basketball Coach

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Update: An official press release Monday night from Butler University confirms the news we reported Sunday night, LaVall Jordan is the new Bulldogs Head Coach.

Butler University Athletic Director Barry Collier may have found his next Men’s Basketball Head Coach in LaVall Jordan, according to sources very close to the program. They indicated that the process is moving rapidly, to the point that an announcement coming as early as Monday wouldn’t be out of the question.

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Illini Basketball: Brad Underwood Will Have to Play a Lot of Four Guard Lineups

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As the often quotable, and sometimes verbally clumsy, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld infamously said-

“you go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had.”

It’s mid-June and Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood still has three open scholarships on his roster. He’s simply going to have to go to war in 2017-18 with the roster he has, not the roster he wishes he had. To be more specific, Underwood will have to enter the B1G battles with the wafer thin front court depth he has, not a deep, beefed up front court that he wish he had.

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Butler Basketball Coaching Search Down to Four: Pedon, Johnson, Jordan, Shrewsberry

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For the second time in four years, Butler basketball finds themselves without a head coach in the midst of summer. Ohio State had a messy divorce from Thad Matta last Monday, leading to the hire of Butler’s Chris Holtmann on Thursday night. The next domino to fall is obvious- who gets the Bulldogs job now?

Well, the Butler way, and they certainly are a program that is about having a way as any other, is to stay in house. Vast national searches for an outside candidate are simply just not their style.

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Chris Holtmann Leaves Butler for Ohio State Now Official

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Gene Smith, Ohio State Athletics Director, announced the hire of Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann as the new man to lead Buckeyes men’s basketball. Holtmann agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Smith said. Final details of the deal are being finalized and will be released at a later date.

Chris Holtmann just signed a lengthy extension at Butler, but it’s par for the course that bigger programs come in and exercise those expensive buyouts.

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Butler Coach Chris Holtmann Now Reported Front-Runner for Ohio State Job

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Chris Holtmann is 70-31 over his three seasons at Butler, making the NCAA Tournament all three times. During his tenure, he’s consistently been barraged with questions about his interest in/connection to open head coaching jobs everywhere.

He’s the consummate professional when it comes to answering all those queries about bigger gigs too; always giving the most banal of platitudes possible. Now he’s going to get a few more queries, as ESPN.com claims he’s the front-runner for the open Ohio State job.

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Purdue Basketball: Louisville Rematch Probably B1G/ACC Challenge Headliner

Matt Painter’s Purdue basketball team, along with everybody else participating in the B1G/ACC Challenge, learned their draw today. Purdue will host Louisville, in a rematch of last year’s contest won by the Cardinals, 71-64, at the arena with a name too stupid for us to cite here.

Game date, time, and television details will be announced later this summer. The 18th edition of the B1G/ACC Challenge doesn’t have a true headliner, nor a definitive undercard leader. Or to put it in WWE terms, we don’t really know the Heavyweight championship belt bout, and the Intercontinental title tilt. However, Purdue-Louisville be as big, if not bigger than all on the slate.

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