Chester Frazier will miss Illinois’ game tonight against Michigan, and is highly unlikely to play at all this weekend if Illinois advances in the Big Ten tournament, team spokesman Kent Brown said Friday.
But there is still a chance the senior guard, who is on the All-Big Ten defensive team, could play in the NCAA tournament despite growing speculation about his injured right hand, Brown said.
Frazier underwent “minor surgery on Thursday because it gave him the best chance to return next week,” Brown said Friday. “Beyond that, I can’t comment because of patient confidentiality rules.”
Frazier apparently broke a bone in his hand, or a finger. Sources also said a pin, or pins, were inserted during the surgery, but that could not be confirmed.
Brown disputed reports that Frazier’s college career is over, even though solid sources have indicated that is the case.