The status of hyped Illinois freshman Jalen Coleman-Lands has been a mystery for some time now, but head coach John Groce offered an update on Wednesday.
"Following Jalen Coleman-Lands' latest evaluation by team physicians, he will begin the process of progressing back to basketball activities," Groce said in an announcement released by the Illini basketball program's Twitter account. "There is no specific timetable for his return. We look forward to him returning to the court once fully healthy."
Groce announced in late July that Coleman-Lands was out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. The injury sidelined Coleman-Lands, keeping him out of practice and keeping him off the court during the team's European trip last month.
A lack of an update had some worried the injury could be a very serious one. But this is positive news for the Illini, what with their top incoming recruit beginning his road to recovery.
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While the lack of a timetable for a return means it's possible Coleman-Lands could miss some significant time, it doesn't seem that he will miss the entirety of his freshman season.
It's been a turbulent offseason for the Illini, who lost senior point guard Tracy Abrams to a torn Achilles' tendon, his second season-ending injury in a row. The team also lost transfer big man Darius Paul, who was dismissed from the program following an arrest during that aforementioned European trip.
Coleman-Lands was Groce's top recruit in a highly touted Class of 2015, ranked the No. 39 player in the nation by Rivals. Many who evaluate recruiting pegged Coleman-Lands as Groce's top recruit since arriving in Champaign.