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Illini guard Legion leaving to play for Isiah at FIU

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Alex Legion will transfer to Florida International and play for Isiah Thomas.

The 6-foot-5 Legion, who spent the first semester of his college career at Kentucky before playing 33 games at Illinois, confirmed to FOXSports.com that he will join FIU.

The Detroit native averaged 6.7 points in 17.5 minutes per game playing for former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie before transferring to Illinois, where he sat out a full season before becoming eligible at the semester break a year ago.

Legion averaged 3.5 points in 11.1 minutes last season, but saw his playing time decrease with the addition of talented freshmen guards D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul this season.

Legion was averaging 2.7 points per game this season.

"The decision to leave the University of Illinois basketball program was difficult, however, leaving University of Illinois was in the best interest of my basketball development and collegiate career,” Legion said in a statement. “I am very excited, encouraged and humbled to have the opportunity to play for and learn the professional game of basketball from coach Isiah Thomas, an NBA great and legend.”

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