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BREAKING: Illini guard Jalen Coleman-Lands suffers broken hand

Illini sophomore guard suffers another offseason injury

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois announced Saturday morning that sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands will miss approximately eight weeks with a broken right hard, his shooting hand.

Coleman-Lands suffered the injury during a skill workout on Wednesday and had surgery on Friday. His timeline to return comes close to the start of the regular season.

 The Illini open the season on Nov. 11 vs. Southeast Missouri State. The first of two exhibitions is Oct. 30 vs. Washington University (St. Louis) with practice scheduled to start on Oct. 3.

This is the second straight shortened offseason for Coleman-Lands, missed most of last offseason with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. Still, he weent on to average 10.3 points overall and set an Illini freshman record with 87 made three-point attempts.

After the dismissal of Kendrick Nunn, Coleman-Lands was expected to start at shooting guard. The Illini currently are thin at that position with sophomore Aaron Jordan as a possible fill-in. The Illini also could slide seniors Tracy Abrams or Malcolm Hill to the 2, as well as sophomore D.J. Williams or senior walk-on Alex Austin.

The injury is the latest injury blow for Illinois, which suffered a myriad of injuries last season. Seven different Illini players missed a combined 94 games due to injury.

Senior center Mike Thorne Jr. played just nine games due to a torn meniscus. He received a sixth-year of eligibility but has been limited this offseason. Sophomore forward Leron Black was limited to eight games due to a torn meniscus. Nunn missed five games due to a broken thumb. Abrams missed his second straight season, the first due to a torn ACL and last season due to a torn Achilles. Jaylon Tate missed four games after suffering a dislocated pinky finger in the season opener.

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