Matthew Mayer provides health update heading into matchup with Penn State
Matthew Mayer offered a health update after his recent breakout performance against Texas.
Mayer, a graduate transfer from Baylor, has been impeded by a back injury that he suffered shortly after joining the team back in July. Speaking to the press on Friday, the forward stated that he is at “75% physically” after dealing with multiple different ailments in addition to the back injury.
#Illini Matthew Mayer says he feels 75 percent physically at this point. Dealing with multiple ailments, which he didn’t want to disclose.
— Derek Piper (@DPiper247) December 9, 2022
Mayer, who played four seasons at Baylor, averaged 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds across 33 starts in his senior year with the Bears. The guard was a much-anticipated addition to the Illini team, and was expected to make an immediate impact with his shooting skills.
Illinois recently knocked off No. 2 Texas thanks to the efforts of players like Mayer. Mayer had 21 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. The Fighting Illini beat the Longhorns 85-78 in overtime.
Stay tuned for more updates on Mayer before tipoff against Penn State. Penn State-Illinois starts at noon ET Saturday on BTN.