Illinois men's basketball hosted No. 22/20 at Ohio State on Feb. 15, 2014. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2012-13 SOPHOMORE: Played in all 36 games, starting 32 ... Third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.6 points ... Scored in double figures 22 times ... Led Illini and ranked ninth in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 3.4 apg ... Also led team in steals, ranking ninth in Big Ten (1.4 spg) ... One of three recipients of team's Most Improved Player award ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 31 following a career-high 27-point, eight-rebound performance vs. Auburn (Dec. 27) ... Made 13-of-15 at the line against Auburn and also added five assists and four steals ... 13 points, made career-high three 3-pointers and had five assists in opener vs. Colgate (Nov. 9) ... 15 points vs. St. Francis-N.Y. (Nov. 12) ... 22 points with five rebounds and career-high five steals at Hawaii (Nov. 16) ... 11 points, six rebounds and career-high eight assists vs. USC (Nov. 19) ... 17 points vs. Butler in Maui Invite title game (Nov. 21) ... 14 points and five assists at Gonzaga (Dec. 8) ... 13 points, five boards and three steals vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 16) ... 13 points, five assists, six boards and three steals vs. Ohio State (Jan. 5) ... 14 points vs. Minnesota (Jan. 9) ... 16 points, six assists, five boards and four steals at Michigan State (Jan. 31) ... Six assists, six rebounds and five points, including a 3-pointer with 18.1 seconds left to seal the victory at Minnesota (Feb. 10) ... 13 points and seven assists vs. Purdue (Feb. 13) ... Had 13 points and tied career high with three 3-pointers at Northwestern (Feb. 17) ... 16 points vs. Nebraska (March 2) ... 16 points vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (March 15) ... 13 points and six assists vs. Colorado in NCAA Tournament Second Round (March 22).
2011-12 FRESHMAN: Team MVP ... Played in all 32 games and started 19 times ... Averaged 4.3 ppg and 1.9 apg ... Scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 11) ... Had a season-high three steals vs. SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 14) ... Tallied five assists vs. Chicago State (Nov. 27) ... Scored eight points vs. Nebraska (Jan. 7) ... Notched nine points on 4-of-6 shooting vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 22) ... Hit the game-tying three to even the contest at 40 apiece vs. Michigan State (Jan. 31) ... Dished out career-high eight assists, the most by an Illini during the season, vs. Northwestern (Feb. 5) ... Had eight points at Indiana (Feb. 9) ... Notched a season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting vs. Purdue (Feb. 15) ... Scored in double figures two other times with 11 points at Nebraska (Feb. 18) and 12 points vs. Michigan (March 1).
Consensus top-100 recruit averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a senior ... First-team All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... Second-team All-State by the Associated Press (AP) ... Third-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... Player of the Year by the Northwest Indiana Times ... All-Area by the Sun-Times ... Chicago Catholic League-South Division Athlete of the Year ... Ranked No. 69 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 58 by Rivals.com and No. 62 by Prep Stars ... Averaged 18 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior ... First-team All-State by the News-Gazette, second-team All-State by the Sun-Times, AP and IBCA and special mention All-State by the Tribune as a junior ... High school coach was Mike Flaherty ... Played for the Illinois Wolves AAU program, coached by Mike Mullins.
Born Feb. 6, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Parents are Tracy Abrams and Felicia Sales ... Has four brothers ... Member of the honor roll in high school ... Favorite athlete is Derrick Rose because "He's humble and works hard" ... Fighting Illini heroes growing up were Dee Brown and Deron Williams ... Fierce competitor who says, "I'll do anything to win, because I love my team."