CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Kendrick Nunn, starting junior guard for the Illinois basketball team, will miss significant time in order to recover from surgury on his left thumb, according to a report.
Jon Rothstein of CBSSports reported the news on Twitter, and quickly followed up with a report.
BREAKING: Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn (thumb) will undergo surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss eight weeks, source told @CBSSports.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 20, 2015
Per Rothstein, Nunn will have surgury on Wednesday to fix up a ligament in his thumb. The expected recovery time from this procedure is eight weeks.
Of course, this a big initial loss for a Fighting Illini program that will be trying to improve on an NIT showing from last season, and as Rothstein also passes on in his report; Illinois is currently behind the eight ball with injuries to more than one player.
Sophomore forward LeRon Black suffered a torn right meniscus earlier this month, and point guard Tracy Abrams will miss another full season with a torn achillies.
Black’s injury put him out an expected four-to-six weeks, which means he should be available sometime during the first part of the season for Illinois. The Fighting Illini play an exhibition game against Illinois-Springfield on November 8th from the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield before opening up the season against North Florida on the 13th. Black had surgury on October 9th. Four weeks from that date would mean he could be ready for the season opener. Six weeks for recovery would have him back by November 20th.
For Nunn, an eight week recovery would have him on track to be ready by December 9th. Of course his recovery could go quicker than the expected time, but it could also be a longer wait as well.
Considering the fact that he scored 11.1 points per game and pulled down 3.5 rebounds per game for John Groce’s team last season, this is undoubtedly a big initial blow for Illinois basketball.