Brad Underwood updates status of injured Illinois guard
Illinois had an injury scare against Kansas State on Tuesday night.
Senior guard Trent Frazier played 27 minutes before being helped off the floor following a left leg injury. However, the Fighting Illini adjusted and still managed to beat Kansas State in his absence 72-64.
While the injury looked pretty bad, the Fighting Illini know that it’s at least not an ACL tear per 247Sports’ Jeremy Werner.
“Nothing of significance on Trent,” said Underwood. “He’s still walking around with the use of crutches, so we’ll see how that goes and move forward. I will say this, we know it’s not an ACL, so we’ll continue to monitor that.”
UPDATE: #illini coach Brad Underwood says he has “nothing of significance” on starting guard Trent Frazier except that he’s walking around on crutches.
“We know it’s not an ACL.” pic.twitter.com/1qRRWSWirh
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) November 24, 2021
The Fighting Illini are off to a 3-2 start through their first 5 games. Frazier has started 4 of those games and is averaging 8.8 points and 2.3 assists so far. In 130 appearances for the Illini, the super senior has 111 starts. However long he’ll remain out, the Illini will miss his experience.
“Next man up,” Underwood said, per Werner. “You don’t replace Trent. He’s a guy that plays the point, plays off of it. In a conversation with Bruce [Weber] after the game last night, it’s just talking about how disruptive he is on the defensive end. He’s a guy that doesn’t let a night where he didn’t play very well offensively affect what he does defensively. Trent’s the one guy who doesn’t make scouting-report mistakes. He might go 3, 4, or 5 games without making one. There’s a mental component to not having him if he’s out. … Guys are going to have to step in and fill that role. Those are big shoes to fill.”
Illinois takes the floor again Friday against the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (4-2) in Champaign at 8 p.m. ET.