Isaac Chew, a former Public League Blue West player of the year at Wells, will leave Missouri to become an assistant under John Groce at Illinois, a source told the Sun-Times Wednesday.
The hiring of Chew completes the staff of Groce, who has brought assistants Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker with him from Ohio U.
Chew played at Avila University in Kansas City, where he became a highly successful coach of the Kansas City Pump N Run AAU program. He also was a highly regarded assistant at Murray State before joining Frank Haith's staff at Missouri a year ago.
With his Chicago background, Chew figures to give Groce another opportunity to build the Chicago recruiting ties that some Illinois followers were concerned about when Groce opted not to keep Jerrance Howard in Champaign.
Like his former boss, Ohio State coach Thad Matta, Groce is all about the fit, a college basketball analyst said. If Chew is joining the Groce team, he said, Groce will be very comfortable with Chew in areas beyond his strong recruiting reputation.
``It looks like a good hire. Chew has a good reputation,'' the analyst said. ``Groce is real careful. He's like Matta, The circle is pretty tight. He doesn't want to be friends with everybody.''