CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois basketball coach John Groce says Mike Thorne Jr.’s left knee injury could end his season.
Groce said Tuesday that Illinois (3-4) is preparing as if the 6-foot-11-inch starting center will not be back, because the meniscus tear Thorne suffered Saturday against Iowa State ”absolutely” could be season-ending.
Thorne had surgery Monday and Groce said it is too soon to know how his recovery will go. He added that Thorne’s Type 1 diabetes could also be a factor.
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Groce does not yet know whether the fifth-year senior could redshirt.