Illini all-time leading scorer Deon Thomas joins UIC Coaching Staff

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Deon Thomas has landed a coaching gig at the University of Illinois. Just not in Urbana-Champaign. At the Chicago campus instead. When Assistant Coach Isaac Chew departed Illinois for Marquette, just weeks after he left Mizzou to join the Illini an assistant gig opened up under John Groce at Illinois.

Paris Parham filled the position instead ofFlorida State assistant Dennis Gates, Simeon Coach Robert Smith and Deon Thomas. All were considered candidates.

It was just announced minutes ago Illini fans, that Deon Thomas will be on Howard Moore’s staff at UIC.

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Video: Duke recruit Jabari Parker takes you through Simeon high school

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Yesterday, the nation’s #1 recruit Chicago’s very own Jabari Parker of Neil F. Simeon Career Academy picked the Duke Blue Devils as his college basketball choice. Over Michigan State, and a host of other schools. And people on Twitter lost their minds over it; very much disapproving of Parker’s choice.

But there’s still a season to be played for Parker and the Simeon Wolverines. There’s a fourth state title and possibly a national title to be won, and Parker takes you inside the school to show you what it’s all about.
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Illini land top recruit Kendrick Nunn

It isn’t his teammate Jabari Parker (that decision will come later), but the Ilinois Fighting Illini scored a major recruit in Simeon senior Kendrick Nunn. John Groce’s first recruiting class is starting to look like a very solid one.

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