CHAMPAIGN - Though the outcome was expected, the news -- finally official -- certainly was a welcome relief nonetheless.
The NCAA officially granted Illini Tracy Abrams a medical hardship waiver, giving the senior point guard a sixth year of eligibility with the Illini.
"I am so proud of the perseverance and determination Tracy has displayed through his injuries," Illinois head coach John Groce said in a statement. "We are looking forward to having him back on the court this season, setting the tone for our team with his leadership, toughness and competitive drive. There is no one more deserving of having a healthy and successful senior year than Tracy Abrams."
Abrams hasn't played since the 2013-14 season, missing the last two seasons with separate season-ending injuries. He suffered a torn ACL during September 2014 and then suffered a torn Achilles during July 2015.
Abrams averaged 10.7 points and 10.6 points per game during his junior and sophomore seasons, respectively.