Source: Isaac Chew to be named to Illini basketball coaching staff

John Supinie

CHAMPAIGN -- Isaac Chew, a product of the Chicago Public League and a recruiter who helped build the Murray State program before leaving for Missouri, will complete the basketball assistant coaching staff under Illinois coach John Groce, a source close to the program said Wednesday.

Chew was the public league's Blue West player of the year at Wells High School before playing at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. He will join Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker as the three assistants under Groce, who still must fill two key staff openings - director of basketball operations and video coordinator, although the titles might change.

The hire would be official later in the week or next week.

Chew spent one season at Missouri under coach Frank Haith. Chew also worked as a junior college coach before landing at Murray State in 2007.

On Tuesday, Groce said he wouldn't offer Illini recruiting ace Jerrance Howard a spot among the three assistant coaching spots who recruit, scout and aid in player development.

During his playing career at Avila, Chew also became an AAU coach of the Kansas City Pump N Run program.

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