Thomas joins UIC staff

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."

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Bwp 5P wrote on April 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Congratulations Deon! You were always a Class Act.........and I wish you nothing but success!


listener_3 wrote on April 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

Congrats to Deon, who does hold the scoring record for the Illini men's basketball program.  To be clear, Jenna Smith (2006-2010) holds the record for most points overall in Illini basketball, with 2,160 points.