USA Today // Mike Granse

Leron Black to serve six-game suspension

Leron Black will miss the first four regular season games of the 2016-17 season.

The Illini announced a six-game suspension on Friday as the punishment for sophomore forward Leron Black, who plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault on April 21.

Black's suspension will include two exhibition games and the first four regular season games this fall. Illini head coach John Groce said in a statement that the punishment was both firm and fair.

"Leron used extremely poor judgment on the night of Feb. 18," Groce said. "He has taken responsibility for his actions, showing remorse and growing as a person from this situation. He will now begin the process of earning his way back to full status with the team, participating in offseason skill, strength and conditioning workouts. The decision to suspend him for six games next season is firm, but fair. The expectation moving forward is that he makes championship choices daily."

The release also said that Black has been reinstated to the team as of Friday.

Black was arrested early on Feb. 19 after pulling a knife on a bouncer at the Canopy Club in Urbana. He was sentenced to one year of probation, along with community service and a $200 fine.

The Memphis, Tenn. native played in just seven games last season after trying to come back from surgery on his torn meniscus in October. Black averaged 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in those seven appearances, and he is eligible to obtain a medical redshirt for last season.

Black's return to the Illini next season is a big one. Illinois was 13th in the Big Ten in rebounding margin last year.

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