Deon Thomas
Deon  Thomas

Assistant Coach

Second Season

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UIC Welcomes DePaul to Pavilion for Crosstown Clash

Flames seeking second win against an in-state foe this season


Ron Coleman Rounds Out UIC Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Coleman most recently served as the assistant head coach at Bradley


Men's Basketball Hosts Beloit in Exhibition Game on Thursday

Flames tip-off against Buccaneers at 7 p.m. CT


Annual Red vs. Blue Scrimmage Set for Oct. 17

Free event offers fans a sneak preview of the 2014-15 men's basketball team


Deon Thomas Added to UIC Basketball Staff; Buttell Promoted

Thomas served as AD and head coach at Lewis and Clark Community College since 2009

Thomas was named UIC's assistant men's basketball coach on April 29, 2014.

Thomas is highly regarded as one of the best all-time American basketball players to compete overseas as he enjoyed a decorated 14-year career in six different countries before returning to the U.S.

The Dallas Mavericks selected Thomas with the 28th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, however Thomas opted to begin his career playing in Spain where he played for four separate teams over a four-year period. In 1998, Thomas was signed by Maccabi RiShon LeZion in Israel and then he competed with a team in the Grand Canary Islands. After returning to Spain for a two-year stint and one season in Turkey, Thomas came back to Israel and played for Maccabi Tel Aviv from 2003-05, winning the Israel Cup and Championship and the Euroleague Title twice. Thomas then played in Greece and Bulgaria for consecutive seasons before returning to Israel for the final two years of his professional career.

The Chicago native played collegiately at Illinois from 1990-94 and still serves as the Fighting Illini's all-time leading scorer (2,129) and shot blocker (177). Thomas, a four-year letterwinner at Illinois, was also a three-time team MVP, an All-American honorable mention honoree and in 2004 was named to the Illini's 20-man All-Century team. Thomas' name can be found throughout the Illinois career record book as he ranks first in made field goals (803), second in made free throws (522), third in field goal percentage (.601), fourth in rebounds (846) and eighth in total minutes played (3,799).

As a prep player at Chicago's Simeon High School, Thomas led the Wolverines to a Chicago Public League title in 1988 and was later named Illinois Mr. Basketball, a list that includes fellow Simeon graduates Jabari Parker, Derrick Rose and Nick Anderson. Thomas was also selected as a McDonald's All-American during his senior season.

Prior to joining UIC's staff, Thomas spent five seasons as the Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill.