Jan 23, 2015
Injuries force Illinois to add manager to roster

Injuries can be devastating to programs, and sometimes it gets so bad that coaches are forced to get creative with their rosters.

Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce did just that this week, promoting his student manager to the roster. Senior Ryan Schmidt will be available when the Illini face Minnesota on Saturday.

From the Chicago Tribune:

The Illini had only seven regular-rotation players available in Wednesday’s victory against Purdue.

The team lost point guard Tracy Abrams for the season when he injured his knee in a preseason practice. Leading scorer and rebounder Rayvonte Rice broke his hand earlier this month. And last week, guard Aaron Cosby tore his retina and underwent surgery.

“I thought it was wise to make sure as we moved forward to have enough bodies for practice, Groce said, and have some bodies, depth at game day. Ryan’s a great kid. He understands what we’re about. He was a really good high school player.”

I can’t help but think of the Adam Sandler movie “The Waterboy” when reading this. The whole situation is unfortunate for Illinois, but it should be a special moment for Schmidt who gets to suit up for Big Ten basketball.

Injuries force Illinois to add manager to roster

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

Injuries can be devastating to programs, and sometimes it gets so bad that coaches are forced to get creative with their rosters.

Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce did just that this week, promoting his student manager to the roster. Senior Ryan Schmidt will be available when the Illini face Minnesota on Saturday.

From the Chicago Tribune :

The Illini had only seven regular-rotation players available in Wednesday’s victory against Purdue.

The team lost point guard Tracy Abrams for the season when he injured his knee in a preseason practice. Leading scorer and rebounder Rayvonte Rice broke his hand earlier this month. And last week, guard Aaron Cosby tore his retina and underwent surgery.

“I thought it was wise to make sure as we moved forward to have enough bodies for practice, Groce said, and have some bodies, depth at game day. Ryan’s a great kid. He understands what we’re about. He was a really good high school player.”

I can’t help but think of the Adam Sandler movie “The Waterboy” when reading this. The whole situation is unfortunate for Illinois, but it should be a special moment for Schmidt who gets to suit up for Big Ten basketball.






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