Illinois PG Tracy Abrams tears Achilles, out for season again

Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams has a torn Achilles and will miss the season for the second straight year. Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune reported Abrams’ latest injury.

Illini PG Tracy Abrams to miss his second straight season with injury. Out with a torn Achilles.

— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) July 28, 2015

Abrams also missed last season in its entirety, having torn his ACL in September. In three seasons with the Illini, he averaged 8.6 points and 2.8 assists per game, shooting 37 percent from the field. Prior to his time at Illinois, Abrams was a four-star recruit out of Chicago’s Mount Carmel High School.

Head coach John Groce spoke briefly about Abrams’ latest setback.

“First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy,” head coach John Groce said in the 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.”

No surgery date has been set yet, but hopefully this will be the last obstacle Abrams has to overcome as he looks to step back on the hardwood.

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