Tracy Abrams granted sixth year of eligibility at Illinois

Four-time team captain missed out last two seasons with various injuries

According to a report on June 10 by The Associated Press, Abrams already graduated with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in hand.

Abrams last played in 2013-14 and was second on the Illini averaging 10.7 points per game while leading the team in assists at a 3.2 average.  In July 2015, he tore his Achilles tendon and missed all of the 2015-2016 season.  The guard also missed the entire 2014-2015 season with a torn ACL inside his right knee.

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey rounds up pair of new assistants who once played for the Fighting Irish

In a span of six days, between June 8 and 14, the suddenly emerging power team of the ACC managed to bring back two famous players to help steer the program back to national prominence following two consecutive appearances in the Elite Eight.

Ryan Humphrey was a forward on the first team that Mike Brey coached the Irish to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 after an 11 year absence–averaging 14.1 ppg and 9 rebounds per game.  Also joining the coaching staff is former guard Ryan Ayers, who spent the last seasons as an assistant with Bucknell.  Ayers played on the 2008-09 team by finishing fourth in career three-point shooting percentage.

Humphrey spent the past two years as Northwestern’s director of player development.  These hires were necessary since Martin Ingelsby left in the spring to become Delaware’s new head coach and Anthony Solomon departed to be an assistant for the Georgetown Hoyas.

These were excellent hires from one of the class acts in college basketball.  Especially with opportunities sometimes coming fewer and far between amongst elite private academic institutions, grabbing two famous Notre Dame alums will help not only in practices and dealing with the media, they will really stress it in recruiting to see that the continuity and togetherness of this Fighting Irish “family” will remain strong for years to come.

 

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