Illini Great Dee Brown to Speak at Rockford Big Ten Tip-Off Dinner

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ROCKFORD -- On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, former Illini point guard Dee Brown will visit Rockford to speak at the annual Big Ten Tip Off Dinner. Hosted by the Rockford Area Illini Club, this event is open to alumni and fans of all of the Big Ten schools. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and program at 7:15pm. The event, which includes buffet dinner and dessert, is $40 per person, and will be held at Forest Hills Country Club.

Forest Hills Country Club is located at 5135 Forest Hills Rd., in Rockford. For more information, or to make your reservations, visit the Rockford Area Illini Club on the web at or call (815) 621-5424.

Former Fighting Illini All-American point guard Dee Brown is in his first year as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois, joining the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics full-time on September 8, 2015 following a nine-year career playing professionally.

Brown – the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year and winner of the 2006 Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard – serves many duties in his current role, including representing the Director of Athletics and Illinois Athletics at a variety of campus and off-campus functions and meetings, and relationship building with campus administrators and local and regional business leaders and donors. Additional aspects include outreach efforts and fundraising. He also may assist in the recruiting process in accordance with NCAA rules and serve as a mentor for current student-athletes in all sports while developing and growing successful relationships with former Fighting Illini.

A native of Maywood, Illinois, Brown was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois following his senior season at Proviso East High School, when he also was selected a McDonald's All-American. He made an immediate impact with the Illini, earning Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors while helping lead the team to 25 wins, a Big Ten Tournament title and NCAA second-round appearance. The Illini won 26 games, an outright Big Ten championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 during Brown's sophomore season. That set the stage for a stellar junior campaign in which the Illini won 37 games to tie the then-NCAA record for most victories in a season. Illinois won a second straight outright Big Ten title, added a conference tournament crown and advanced to the Final Four following a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Arizona in the Elite Eight. The Illini went on to finish as National Runner-Up. Brown was named a consensus first-team All-American and swept Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades. His senior season concluded with consensus second-team All-America honors as the Illini won 26 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Brown remains the winningest player in Fighting Illini basketball history, playing in 114 victories during his career. His name is etched all over the UI record books, where he still ranks third all-time in scoring (1,812 career points), second in career steals (231) and 3-pointers (299) and third in career assists (674).

Brown is married to the former Delores Confer, who also attended the University of Illinois. He has four children, sons Darrian and Daniel and daughters Michele and Zoe.

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