Former University of Illinois basketball great Dee Brown will join the Illinois-Chicago staff as an assistant coach, according to CBS Sports.
Brown resigned in October 2016 from a post in the Illinois athletic department citing personal reasons. He had worked from July 2015 as the basketball program’s director of player development and alumni relations after serving as a special assistant to former athletic director Mike Thomas.
Brown was one of the most beloved players to ever to compete in Champaign.
After starring at Proviso East High School, Brown helped lead the Illini to a runner-up finish in the 2005 NCAA tournament, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors that season. He left Illinois tied with James Augustine as the winningest player in school history and tied for third on the all-time scoring list with 1,812 points.
He played with three NBA teams before launching a lengthy overseas career. After returning to Champaign, he said he was interested in becoming athletic director at his alma mater someday.