A Crucial Loss: How Illinois Moves On Without Tracy Abrams

The ACL. It’s the anterior cruciate ligament. It makes an “X” with the posterior cruciate ligament in the knee join to “control the back and forth motion of the knee.” Ultimately, it’s a crucial loss for the Fighting Illini in the form of senior point guard Tracy Abrams. What Happened? On Monday, September 8th, Tracy Abrams tore the ACL in his right knee. The injury occurred...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tracy Abrams is gone; how ’14-’15 Illini Basketball will adjust

Since Tuesday you heard the Tracy Abrams rumors. Yesterday afternoon you got the devastating news. No need for The Sports Bank to re-hash the details, the type of people who will click on this post are already up to speed. So where does Illini basketball Coach John Groce go from here? Obviously, Abrams has some limitations on both ends of the floor. He’s okay, but not great defensively...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tracy Abrams suffers knee injury; will miss 2014-15 season

Illinois Basketball has received some devastating news. TCR learned late Monday night that senior Tracy Abrams suffered a torn ACL during a workout and is expected to miss the entire upcoming season. The Chicago-Mount Carmel product has been Illinois' starting Point Guard for the past three seasons. Abrams is expected to redshirt--which would grant him an extra year of eligibility...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois point guard Abrams to miss season with ACL tear

  Illinois starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear, coach Jon Groce confirmed Thursday. Abrams tore the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice. Surgery hasn't yet been scheduled on the senior. ''Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year, so he's...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois loses point guard Abrams to ACL tear

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear, coach Jon Groce confirmed Thursday. Abrams tore the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice. Surgery hasn't yet been scheduled on the senior. ''Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams out for season with torn ACL

Photo: Lee News Service/ Stephen Haas Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss the 2014-15 season after suffering a torn ACL during a preseason workout, the school announced Thursday. Abrams will use a medical redshirt and return for his final season of eligibility in 2015-16. “Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year,...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Hoops Starter Injured?

The start of college basketball season is still two months away, but one key member of the Fighting Illini might already be out of the season. There have been NO OFFICIAL REPORTS on the severity of the injury yet. Currently, the fear is that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has a torn ACL and/or MCL. Regarding Abrams, #Illini spokesman said this: "Coach is currently on road...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 PG Jawun Evans Comes to Champaign for Official Visit

For the second straight weekend in a row, John Groce and the Fighting Illini have had one of the top high school point guards in the country on campus. On September 5th, Jawun Evans arrived on the Illinois campus. His trip into Champaign was a little bumpier than Jalen Brunson’s. A line of thunderstorms rolled through central Illinois’ Friday evening, forcing Evans’ flight...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Be The One: Jalen Brunson Takes Official Visit to Illinois

The highlight of the weekend for University of Illinois athletics wasn’t Wes Lunt’s four touchdown performance. Neither was the volleyball team, ranked 11th in the country, sweeping all three of their opponents, including #20 North Carolina. The highlight of this weekend was Jalen Brunson, the top point guard in the Class of 2015, taking his official visit to Illinois. Friday...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Basketball Verbal Commitments Announce Official Visits

Illinois has been busy in the Class of 2015, targeting some of the top players in the country. The team also has two players already committed: D.J. Williams and Aaron Jordan. The two are easily, but foolishly, overlooked because of all the hype surrounding the rest of Illinois’ targets. Both players have planned their official visits to Illinois. D.J. Williams D.J. Williams, a...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Adds a New Player

Posted to Fighting IlliniEastern Illinois Guard Alex Austin has announced that he is transferring to Illinois as a walk-on. He will be forced to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules. After sitting out this season he will have two years of eligibility remaining. Austin went to high school at Mount Carmel in Chicago and was a teammate with Tracy Abrams. Unfortunately, since Austin...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Worst One-And-Done Player in College Basketball History is a Former Fighting Illini

Posted to College BasketballHere’s a list you don’t want to find yourself on. Bleacher Report released a list of the worst one-and-done decisions in college basketball history, and Jereme Richmond sits squarely at the top. Jereme Richmond was a four star recruit coming out of high school, but he only averaged 7.6 points and 5 rebounds per game. Richmond never set foot on an...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini 2014-2015 Season Motto

Posted to Fighting IlliniJohn Groce sat down with Saturday Sports Talk on NewsTalk1400 WDWS-AM. They previewed the upcoming basketball season and the challenges that come with the increased depth the basketball team will have. “Guys are going to have to make sacrifices. Guys are going to have to sacrifice minutes. Guys that are not used to coming out of the game are going to have...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois’ Aaron Cosby looking to step forward after sitting out last season as a transfer

The 2013-14 season didn’t provide the results the Illinois Fighting Illini hoped for, with John Groce’s team landing in the Postseason NIT and finishing the year with a 20-15 record. Illinois will return all five starters from that team, led by guards Rayvonte Rice (15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Tracy Abrams (10.7, 3.5, 3.2 apg), and one of the positives from last season was the amount...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Sharma Set to Visit Illinois

Posted to Fighting Illini Recruiting2015 Power Forward Josh Sharma is taking a tour of midwest schools. Among the schools Sharma is visiting is the University of Illinois. Sharma, from Massachusetts, has already visited Penn State (June 10th) and Ohio State (June 11th). In addition to Illinois, his trip will also include Purdue and Xavier. Sharma is widely considered a top 100 recruit...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Darius Paul Leaves Illinois and Will Attend

Posted to Fighting IlliniRecently suspended Sophomore, Darius Paul has left the Illini program and will join Lamar State Junior College this upcoming 10 total views, 10 views today The post Darius Paul Leaves Illinois and Will Attend appeared first on Chicago Fan Board.
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Darius Paul Suspended for 2015: Hello Ed Morrow

Champaign, IL – It is not very often that a college player is suspend for a whole season, let alone in May months after the season has concluded. Due to “multiple transgressions” with Paul, head coach John Groce announced that Darius will be suspended for the entire 2014-2015 season. Darius was arrested on April 21st and charged with underage drinking and resisting arrest....
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois basketball suspends Darius Paul for season

Citing “multiple transgressions,” Illinois basketball coach John Groce suspended Darius Paul for the 2014-15 season. Paul, 20, was arrested on April 21 for underage drinking and resisting a police officer after he ran from an officer who attempted to question him as he walked through a parking lot shortly before 3 a.m. “After a thorough review of Darius’ year, which includes...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the Fighting Illini Point Guard Targets

Fighting Illini News – The Fighting Illini desperately need a point guard for the 2015-2016 basketball season and beyond. The Fighting Illini have been in contact with a multitude of point guard recruits and transfers, but how do they stack up against each other? 1) Jalen Brunson Given the choice between all of the Fighting Illini point guard targets, it’s a safe bet to say...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Austin Colbert Staying with the Fighting Illini

Despite speculation that power forward Austin Colbert might transfer from the Fighting Illini basketball team, he will be returning next season. Colbert recently posted to his instagram confirming that he will be back. Implications for the Fighting Illini Deep Roster Unlike the 2013-2014 season, when the Fighting Illini had just 11 eligible players, the team is expected to have...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Early ’14-’15 Illini basketball season preview part 2: FRONTCOURT

When previewing the Illini basketball team for next season, (Yes, it’s not even April and we’re on to part two of our series (here’s part one Illini basketball recruiting) you’ll see there’s an excess of wing players and swingmen. You have a lot of 2s and 3s, but not a whole lot of traditional 1s and 5s. It’s difficult to designate a bunch of guys as “guards” and...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball Player Grades 2013-14

Fighting Illini Basketball –  This season for the Fighting Illini was a roller-coaster ride. Beginning 13-2 with wins over Missouri and Indiana had Illini fans thinking the team was tourny bound. However, the month that Illini fans are too familiar with of January, brought struggles for the young team. An eight game losing streak with losses to Northwestern and Purdue took the...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

’14-’15 Illinois basketball Season Preview part 1: RECRUITING

It’s time for the 2014-15 Illinois basketball season preview. Last year I did this piece in late March/early April. This year I’m doing it before the NCAA Tournament even ends. Once that brutal 1-9 stretch occurred in midseason, I shifted to next year’s Illini team. Then they won a few games down the stretch and made the 2013-14 season rather respectable. So we put off looking...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Player Profile: Darius Paul

Darius Paul Sophomore Gurnee, Illinois Warren High School 6’8″ 220lbs. Power Forward High School Career Darius Paul averaged 18.0 PPG and 9.7 RPG as a senior leading Warren to a 23-4 record. Darius was selected to First Team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Darius averaged 11.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG as a junior...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois stuns Iowa on Jon Ekey’s last-second three

Ladies and gentlemen, Jon Ekey. Make that Jon Three-key. Actually, what Illinois fans love to call the senior forward on social media is “3key” — perfect for a guy with a well-honed stroke from beyond the arc. It’s an undeniably cool nickname for a role player who spent three years at Illinois State before signing on for one final season of college ball with the Illini...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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