Illinois sophomore forward Leron Black will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss four to six weeks with the injury, Illini coach John Groce said.
The Illini's first exhibition game is Nov. 8 against UI-Springfield. Their first regular-season game is Nov. 13 vs. North Florida in Springfield.
"Hes one tough cookie, and he's probably had it for a while, to be honest," Groce said. "A lot of guys may not be able to have that type of pain threshold or tolerance, but he's a pretty tough dude. Fortunately for us, it'll be a pretty quick deal, and Leron's one of those guys that is really thorough with everything he does. He'll have a sense of urgency. He'll do the right things. He'll listen to our team doctors. He'll listen to the trainer ... so we're looking forward to his comeback."
Leron Black did not discuss details of his injury, leaving that to Groce.
"I know everything happens for a reason," Black said.