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Dee Brown joins Illinois basketball as special assistant

Former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown has joined the Fighting Illini staff as a Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics, University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced on Tuesday.

Brown was apart of the 2005 Illinois team who lost to North Carolina in the National Championship game. During his senior season, Brown averaged 14 points, six assists and three rebounds per game.

From the University of Illinois press release:

“I was blessed to play the game of basketball professionally for many years, but felt this was the right time to make the transition to a career off the court,” Brown said. “I can’t think of a better situation than to be able to be around my family more while working for the school I love, the University of Illinois. The opportunity this summer has only strengthened my feelings for Illinois; it’s exciting to be back on campus assisting my alma mater.”

The 31-year-old played for three different teams during his two-year NBA career and averaged two points and two assists.