Groce Adds Ford and Walker to Illini Staff

Mar 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach John Groce during the press conference announcing his hiring at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

University of Illinois head basketball coach John Groce added assistant coaches Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker to his coaching staff on Monday. Both Ford and Walker were assistants on his staff at Ohio University and helped lead Ohio to a Sweet Sixteen appearance this year.

Both coaches complement each other well, Ford has worked specifically with forwards, interior play in the post and offense in the frontcourt, while Walker has specialized in working with guards.

Both coaches have recruited and have developed many great players such as Jerome Tillman (first-team All-MAC in 2009), DeVaughn Washington (honorable mention All-MAC in 2011) and Ivo Baltic (honorable mention All-MAC in 2012).

Together, Groce and his assistants coached Ohio university to a school record 29 wins and were ranked 25th in the nation this past season in the coaches poll.

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