- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Former University of Illinois basketball star Deon Thomas has been hired as an assistant coach at Illinois-Chicago.

The school announced Tuesday that Thomas will join head coach Howard Moore’s staff. In addition, Jeremy Buttell was promoted from coordinator of basketball and video operations to assistant coach.

Thomas has been head coach and athletic director at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey for five seasons.

He was Illinois Mr. Basketball for 1989 at Simeon High School in Chicago before playing for the Illini from 1989-94. Thomas played professionally for 14 years in Spain, Israel, Turkey and elsewhere. He is the Illini’s leading all-time scorer with 2,129 points.

The Flames were 6-25 last season.

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