Illini guard Legion leaving to play for Isiah at FIU

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.”