Chester Frazier back at Illinois
Former Illinois guard Chester Frazier officially returned to the program when he accepted a position as graduate assistant/video coordinator, coach Bruce Weber announced Tuesday.
"We are excited to have Chester back on campus and part of our staff,'' Weber said in a statement. "Chester had success in Germany last season and had the opportunity to return to Europe to continue his professional career. His goal is to one day become a college coach, and he has decided to begin pursuing that dream now.
"While he cannot coach in this position, he will gain valuable experience in every other aspect of the business that will prepare him to become a coach down the road.''
Frazier was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and team MVP as a senior in 2009. He led the Big Ten with an average of 5.3 assists and compiled a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Frazier averaged 5.7 points and was one of the best rebounding point guards nationally, averaging 4.8 per game.
"Chester has a great basketball mind and tremendous passion for our program and university,'' Weber said. "He also is well respected by our current players, and with his strong leadership skills, he will no doubt serve as a motivating and positive influence on them.''
Frazier earned as bachelor's degree in recreation management in May 2009. He enrolled in the master's degree program in educational policy studies.