CHAMPAIGN — Gene Vance, a member of the famous Whiz Kids at Illinois and a part of the school's All-Century team, died Thursday. He was 88.
A three-time All-America honorable mention at Illinois, Vance twice earned spots on the All-Big Ten first team. His third year as a letter winner, he was second-team All-Big Ten.
After college, Vance spent five years in the NBA with Chicago, Tri-Cities and Milwaukee. He returned to Illinois and served as athletic director from 1967 to '72.