Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Oklahoma State staffer Joey Biggs following Brad Underwood to Illinois

Illini coach Brad Underwood brings director of basketball operations from Oklahoma State

Brad Underwood was unable to lure assistant Lamont Evans to Champaign, but he will bring part of his Oklahoma State staff to Champaign.

Joey Biggs announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will follow Underwood to Illinois as a support staffer.

Biggs spent the previous 13 years at Oklahoma State, 10 as assistant athletic director for Oklahoma State -- a position similar to director of basketball operations at Illinois. He oversaw travel, budget, scheduling, alumni relations and other administrative duties for the basketball program. From 2002-06, he oversaw marketing efforts for the entire Oklahoma State athletic department.

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Biggs, 41, earned a bachelor's degree from Ottawa University in Kansas and a master's university from Kansas University.

Underwood flew to Phoenix on Wednesday to attend Final Four festivities. He is expected to meet with several candidates for his two open assistant coaching positions. He will retain former John Groce assistant Jamall Walker on staff. Underwood expected to bring Evans with him, but new coach Mike Boynton, also an assistant under Underwood, retained Evans, who received the title of associate head coach and a sizable raise.

Underwood is expected to bring more Oklahoma State staffers to Illinois with director of player development Stephen Gentry and video coordinator Patrick Schulte as likely candidates. Current Illinois strength and conditioning coach Adam Fletcher is expected to have a chance to stay on the Illini staff.


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