2 Assistant Coaches Join Groce at Illinois

John Groce has one more assistant's spot to fill

Monday, Apr 9, 2012  |  Updated 8:50 PM CDT
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Jabari Parker on Groce, Recruitment

Jabari Parker, the country's top-ranked junior from Simeon Career Academy, talks to NBC Chicago about Illinois' hiring of Coach John Groce and the pressure he feels about the possibility of joining the Illini.
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The University of Illinois has added assistant coaches Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker to head coach John Groce's staff.

The university said Monday that Ford and Walker have officially joined Groce after working with him at Ohio. Both began work at Illinois last week.

Groce says Walker is experienced at working with guards while Ford's strength is working with forwards and post players.

Ford was at Ohio for four years and previously worked at Western Carolina. He played at Ohio and is the brother of Bradley head coach Geno Ford.

Walker has also coached at Arizona, Murray State and St. Louis and played guard for St. Louis in the late 1990s.

Groce has one more assistant's spot to fill. Groce took over at Illinois after Bruce Weber was fired.

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