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Illinois Fighting Illini Guard Tracy Abrams Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility

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The NCAA approved Abrams medical hardship waiver today, granting Abrams a sixth year of eligibility and providing some needed backcourt depth for the Illini.

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Illinois guard Tracy Abrams will be back in Champaign this season as the NCAA approved his medical hardship waiver Thursday, granting him a sixth year of eligibility.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Chicago hasn't seen action since the 2013-14 season, sitting out the 2014-15 campaign with a right ACL tear and this past year with a torn left Achilles.

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Abrams, who has earned two degrees in his time at Illinois, could be a key component for this season's Illinois squad. The four-time team captain averaged 10.7 points per game during the 2013-14 season, good for second on the team while leading the Illini in assists at 3.2 per game.

"I am so proud of the perseverance and determination Tracy has displayed through his injuries," said Illinois head coach John Groce in a statement released through the school. "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."

Notably, Abrams is the second Illini to receive a sixth year this offseason, along with Illinois big man Mike Thorne. Both are expected to see major playing time next season in a key year for John Groce and the program.