Source: Illinois completes staff with Chew


Chicago native Isaac Chew has been the final assistant added to new Illinois coach John Groce’s staff, according to a source.

Chew joins the Illini after one season as an assistant at Missouri. He also previously was an assistant at Murray State for four seasons, an assistant at Indian Hills Community College and an AAU coach for the Kansas City Pump ‘n Run.

Chew grew up in Chicago and starred at Wells High School in the Chicago Public League. He was the Public League Blue West Player of the Year during his senior season. He played collegiately at Iowa Lake Community College and Avila University in Kansas City.

Groce named Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker, who were assistants to Groce at Ohio, to his staff on Monday.

Groce announced Tuesday he would not retain Jerrance Howard, a four-year Illini assistant and former Illinois player. Howard is still under contract with Illinois and will not be paid for his two remaining years if he takes a position at another school, according to a school spokesperson.