Looking around the practice gym Wednesday, point guard Tracy Abrams said he doesn't yet know what kind of team the Illini will be once the season begins next month.
''There's no identity right now,'' the junior said of a roster that includes five freshmen and two transfers who haven't yet played for the Illini.
Abrams will have a major say in shaping that identity.
Abrams is one of just four players back from last season's 23-13 team, the only one with any serious experience playing the point in college and, according to second-year coach John Groce, one of the key leaders on a very young team.
Abrams has started 51 games in his two seasons at Illinois, but he has not been vocal.
''Ya'll know I'm pretty quiet,'' Abrams told reporters. ''Humble about myself.''
Groce thinks he can be something more.
''I think now he's starting to get it,'' Groce said, explaining that Abrams is working to create team chemistry on the court and off, hanging out with new teammates and veterans, tr...