Illinois junior guard Kendrick Nunn has a torn left thumb ligament and will undergo surgery tomorrow, per Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk. The injury is expected to sideline Nunn for eight weeks, setting his potential return around mid-December.
A former four-star recruit out of Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, Nunn averaged 11.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season. He shot 40 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range.
The injury bug thus continues to bite the Illini. Guard Tracy Abrams is out for all of 2015-16 with a torn ACL, and now Nunn, though Nunn will be a starter once he returns.
Either way, despite having top freshmen Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams on the roster, Illinois is going to have to fight even harder than usual to establish itself as a team to be taken seriously while Nunn is recovering. Hopefully, once he returns, he can add some life to the lineup and help the Illini go on a tear.
Illinois opens the season against the Atlantic Sun’s North Florida Ospreys on November 13.
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