CHAMPAIGN– The University of Illinois’ men’s basketball team will again be without one of their leaders this season. The team announced Tuesday that redshirt senior guard Tracy Abrams will miss the upcoming season due to a torn achilles in his left ankle.
In a written statement Illini head coach John Groce confirmed the injury, “First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy. He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer in preparation for the upcoming season. So this is obviously a very difficult time for him right now. But I’ve said it before that Tracy has the heart of a champion, and I know that he will handle this latest setback with the same courage and resolve in making a full recovery.”
Abrams was expected to be a team leader last season before suffering a torn ACL, which forced him to miss the entire 2014-2015 season.
The Mount Carmel High School graduate averaged 10 points, 3 assists and 1 steal per game during his last season on the court for Illinois in the 2013-2014 season.
The Illini open their season with an exhibition matchup with the University of Illinois-Springfield on November 8th.