The Illinois Fighting Illini are looking to get back into contention in the college basketball world next season and they will be getting a big piece of their team back. It was announced that forward Leron Black has been reinstated and will play this year but with some contingencies.
Illinois head coach John Groce announced he would be back on the team but would sit out the first six games after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and being sentenced to a year of probation.
Black was arrested in February for threatening a bartender with a knife, for which he plead guilty.
During the 2015-16 season, Leron Black only played in seven games and averaged 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He could end up being a much bigger part of their team into the 2016-17 season after his suspension clears up and is served.
For the Illini, they now hope to get Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate, who remain suspended after pleading not guilty to domestic assault charges stemming from separate incidents in March.
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