Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss his second consecutive season after tearing his Achilles tendon in practice.
Abrams missed last season with a torn ACL and was set to return for his final season with the Illini. He will have one more year to complete his eligibility.
“First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy,” head coach John Groce said in a statement. “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 played in every game for the Illini in his first three seasons with the team. He started all but four games as a sophomore and junior. Abrams was the team’s second-leading scorer in 2013–14, his last season on the court, averaging 10.7 points per game. He also averaged 3.2 assists per game, which ranked 13th in the Big Ten.
Abrams received his bachelor’s degree in communication this May and is working toward a master’s in recreation, sport and tourism.
- Dan Gartland