It's been nearly 10 years since that magical Final Four run--10 years.
It's been nearly 9 years since Dee Brown played his final game as an Illini--9 years.
Dee is, and always will be, the face of Illinois Basketball. He was the most beloved player on our most beloved team. His passion for the Illini is second-to-none and he isn't afraid to show it; he gave us a perfect example of this Thursday night.
The Illini are hosting what could be their most important recruiting visit in recent memory. Jalen Brunson, the #1 PG in the class of 2015, will be in Champaign for his first official visit this weekend. The Lincolnshire-Stevenson product is currently down to Illinois, Villanova, Temple, Purdue, and Michigan State.
Here's Dee's message to Brunson:
Honestly if the #1 pg in the country from our STATE stay home he will be BIGGER than me and dwill @jbcrossover5 have a great visit ILLINI!!!— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
I'm only being honest! I tried of ppl saying the next me NO! come be a legend we have SO many that came thru champaign OUR STATE! ILL....— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
I gotta talk my ish...I know and remember what my school did for me on and off the court! I still see my brothers who went there with me...— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
There's no better feeling! STAY HOME put on for your state, become a legend, receive a top 10 education, play in the BIG10 Just being honest— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
I'm not selling, I'm simply stating facts about where I come from! We gotta land big time guys so Groce can do what he does best! ILL— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
Just watch how much love he receives! That will be for life, ILLINI fans crazy about their sports and have great memories!— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
Dee, thank you for this fantastic recruiting pitch. Illini Nation is wishing you the best of luck in your upcoming season.