Thomas joins UIC staff
Former Illinois basketball star Deon Thomas has been added to Howard Moore's coaching staff at UIC, the school announced on Tuesday.
Thomas played for the Illini from 1990-94 and is the program's all-time scoring leader with 2,129 points. The Simeon product was at the center of a recruiting controversy involving then-Iowa assistant coach Bruce Peal prior to choosing the UI.
Thomas, 43, has spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Lewis and Clark, a junior college in southern Illinois. He was also the Trail Blazers' athletic director.
Thomas attended Illinois coach John Groce's clinic last fall and told The News-Gazette that his goal was to coach at the Division I level.
"My personal goal is to be able to coach at the Division I level, be it at a school as big as Illinois or the smallest Division I school there is. It's all a matter of getting there and being successful wherever I land."