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Former Proviso East Pirate and University of Illinois basketball standout Dee Brown has taken the job as assistant coach at the University of Illinois – Chicago.
Brown will join the ranks of Steve McClain’s staff to become a full-time assistant coach, allowed to recruit off-campus.
Brown is one of the most popular athletes in Illini history, having helped lead Illinois to the 2005 national championship game. He was “The Sporting News” national player of the year as well as a consensus All-American and the Big Ten player of the year. He played for three NBA teams and had a lengthy professional career overseas.
Brown dropped in the Maywood Park District August 21 to speak with youth of the DBL Youth League. In a pep talk, he impressed upon kids with hoop dreams, that focus on education and good grades is the key to their success.
“If I check your grades right now, you should have As, Bs. If you have Cs, you should be mad about that,” Brown said to the group. He stressed how success in education leads to success on and off the court.