- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Illinois State assistant Anthony Beane has joined the Southern Illinois coaching staff, and his son Anthony Beane Jr., a high school senior guard, has received his release from his letter of intent from Illinois State and has committed to Southern Illinois.
Beane was an Illinois State assistant from 2000-02 and 2007-2012. He recently departed the staff after head coach Tim Jankovich left Illinois State for SMU and Dan Muller was hired as Jankovich’s replacement.
Beane is the third assistant named to Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson’s staff.
“When they made the selection of Dan Muller, I know Dan, and he’s a really good guy,” Beane said. “I had a previous relationship with him. It made it interesting. The main reason to go ahead to Southern Illinois was I knew coach Hinson, and he’s a very, very experienced coach. It was also closer to an area where we’re familiar with. I also felt my family needed a fresh start at this time.
“It was definitely difficult to leave because I’m very close to the players. I know I’m leaving good people. You have to dispose of personal feeling and do what’s best.”
Beane Jr., a 6-2 guard at Normal Community High School, was recently given his release from Illinois State and followed his father to Southern Illinois. He averaged 16 points, five rebounds and two assists during his senior year. He will be on scholarship at Southern Illinois.
“Certainly as his father, having a chance to coach your son is truly a blessing,” Beane said. “I certainly think he’s stepping into a better situation than at Illinois State. I think he’ll have a chance right from the being to compete and play right away.”