CHAMPAIGN -- Illini sophomore sharpshooter Jalen Coleman-Lands underwent surgery on his fractured right hand last week after injuring it during a workout.
Coleman-Lands missed essentially all of last offseason with a stress fracture in his leg, but he still went on to break the program's freshman three-point record. He hit 87 triples, while shooting at a 42.2 percent clip from beyond the arc.
Getting back on the practice court just a week before the opener didn't prevent Coleman-Lands from being one of the best freshmen in the Big Ten. Now, he is expected to be out a total of eight weeks with this injury -- which would put him back just before Illinois' opener against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 11.
Illini head coach John Groce talked to IlliniInquirer.com about Coleman-Lands' status on Saturday.
"He's doing well. Surgery went great," Groce said. "Obviously, we hope we get him back even earlier than the prognosis. It's day-to-day. Everybody's body heals differently."
"You don't want that to happen at all. You don't want that to happen to anybody. But the timing of it certainly could be worse. So we're looking at it as glass half full, and we're hoping to have him back here shortly."
Groce, Coleman-Lands and the Illini basketball program were out at Hessel Park in Champaign on Saturday morning for the Walk & Run for Wishes to benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.
More coverage of that event coming to IlliniInquirer.com.null