A highly publicized transfer from Kentucky who was a Parade Magazine All-American in 2007, Legion was unable to assert himself at Illinois, where he only played for two semesters.
``Alex is a good kid who faced a difficult situation in returning to the court last year at semester break,'' coach Bruce Weber said. ``He worked hard during his time here and gave great effort. We wish him the best and we'll do whatever we can to help him in his transition.''
It wouldn't be surprising if Legion followed the route of former Illini guard Jamar Smith and wound up at a Division II school. Smith is averaging 23.4 points a game for Southern Indiana.
``I appreciate the support from the U of I fans, my teammates and coaches,'' Legion said. ``I look forward to the next step in my collegiate career.''
A Detroit native, Legion finished his high-school career at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he attracted national attention by averaging 19.6 points on 53 percent shooting. But he never was able to become a dependable offensive threat at Illinois. And not being a strong defender, he had difficulty cracking Illinois' rotation.
Legion played in 33 games at Illinois, averaging 3.2 points a game. He scored a career-high 15 points last year at Michigan State, and had a season-high 11 points vs. Presbyterian on Nov. 21.