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Friday, January 1, 2010

Legion lands at FIU

Alex Legion, the one-time Birmingham Detroit Country Day star, has settled on a college — again.

Legion confirmed to that he planned to transfer to Florida International, and play for Pistons legend Isiah Thomas, completing his exit from the University of Illinois.

"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.”

For those of you familiar with the Legion saga — quit rolling your eyes. For those of you unfamiliar — here's a recap: This is hardly the first time the talented, yet enigmatic swingman has bailed on a program, seeking greener pastures.

The prized recruit left Country Day for Oak Hill (Va.) Academy in his senior year of high school.

He originally committed to Michigan, then rescinded the decision when U-M fired Tommy Amaker.

Illinois wasn't even his second collegiate choice. Legion played one semester at Kentucky before transferring to Illinois.

In 28 career games, the 6-foot-5 Legion has averaged just 4.2 points and 1.5 rebounds, highlighted by a career-high 15-point outburst against Michigan State last year, but saw his playing time decrease last year.

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