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Interview: Deon Thomas, Illini Basketball Great

Deon Thomas

Deon Thomas

As the NCAA Basketball tournament continues this week, it overlaps with the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins this Saturday. Deon Thomas, a great of the University of Illinois basketball found a special connection to Judaism while playing professionally in Israel. The 21st was joined by University of Illinois basketball great Deon Thomas to talk about a police incident during his youth, his time with the Illini in the 1990s, playing professional basketball in Israel, and his unique connection to Judaism.


Deon Thomas, former Fighting Illini basketball star (1990-1994), the University of Illinois' all-time leading scorer, and currently an analyst for the Big Ten Network and Fighting Illini Sports Network.  He is also the Associate Director of Development for the University of Illinois Athletics.


Hear more from Deon Thomas' virtual March Madness event last week with the Jewish National Fund USA about his career, and life.


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