Illinois guard Tracy Abrams has been granted a medical hardship waiver and sixth year of eligibility, the program announced Thursday.
Abrams has missed the last two seasons, 2014-15 with a knee injury and 2015-16 with a torn Achilles. A team captain, he averaged 10.3 points per game in 2013-14 and led the team in assists (3.2 per game).
“I am so proud of the perseverance and determination Tracy has displayed through his injuries,” head coach John Groce said in a statement. “We are looking forward to having him back on the court this season, setting the tone for our team with his leadership, toughness and competitive drive. There is no one more deserving of having a healthy and successful season than Tracy Abrams.”
The Illini went 15–19 last season and have dealt with multiple individual off-court issues with players. Guard Kendrick Nunn was recently dismissed from the team following a domestic battery arrest.