UPDATED: Tracy Abrams out for 2015-2016 season


Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams tore his Achilles tendon and will be out for the 2015-2016 season, the school announced Tuesday. Abrams missed last season with a torn ACL. He redshirted last season and was expected to start for the 2015-2016 Illini.

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Tracy Abrams will have to spend another season watching his team from the sidelines.

The athletic department stated in a press release that the redshirt senior guard tore his Achilles and will be out for the 2015-2016 season. He was slated to be the team’s starting point guard.

This marks the second year that Abrams has suffered a season-ending injury. He missed last season with a torn ACL.

“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,” head coach John Groce said in the press release. “So this is obviously a very difficult time for him right now. “

The injury happened on a fluke play, similar to the one that tor Abram’s ACL prior to last season.

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    Groce said Abrams will have surgery next Wednesday, to wait for the swelling to clear up.

    The Illini basketball team may look for another point guard to transfer — last season Ahmad Starks and Jaylon Tate took Abrams’ spot. Tate will be a junior this season, and Starks has graduated.

    Guard Mike LaTulip has not made a descision to play this season. LaTulip opted to redshirt this season so he can graduate and transfer to another school.

    Illinois will be traveling to Europe on Aug. 6 to compete as well as go on a vacation. The team will see if there are any players capable of taking those spots. 

    Abrams will not be making the trip, but freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands will travel with the team. Coleman-Lands is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot and is not expected to play on the trip.

    “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.” Groce said. “We are all gonna continue to be there for him, and love him, and do the best we can as a group to serve him and care for him” 

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