CHAMPAIGN -- Former Illinois basketball assistant coach Wayne McClain has reunited with Bruce Weber at Kansas State, where McClain was hired as director of student-athlete development, the school announced Wednesday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Former Illinois basketball assistant coach Wayne McClain has reunited with Bruce Weber at Kansas State, where McClain was hired as director of student-athlete development, the school announced Wednesday.

McClain spent nine of his 11 years as an Illini assistant under Weber, and he will join a staff loaded with assistants who already had a working relationship with the former Illinois head coach. Assistant Chris Lowery, the former Southern Illinois coach, worked under Weber at Illinois and SIU, and assistant Chester Frazier was a point guard for the Illini under Weber.

McClain, who led Peoria Manual to state championships in his first three years as head coach, will not have any off-campus recruiting duties for the Wildcats. Strength coach Jimmy Price also followed Weber from Illinois to Kansas State.

"Obviously, I have a lot of familiarity with Wayne from our time at Illinois,'' Weber said in a statement released by the school. "He is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Illinois basketball at both the high school and college levels.

"With a staff as young as ours, I wanted to add someone with significant knowledge and experience who would be a mentor to them as they grow in the profession. He has also coached a lot of great players and will be a great resource for our players.''

Kansas State also elevated Lowery to associate head coach.

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