UPDATE (2/7/16): Te'Jon Lucas has fractured his right foot in two places.
Just talked to Te'Jon Lucas' dad. Right foot is fractured in two places. #Illini— Scott Richey (@srrichey) February 7, 2016
It's bad enough that players on Illinois' active roster keep getting hurt, but that bad luck has evidently spread to the program's recruits. Class-of-2016 point guard Te'Jon Lucas went down with an apparent ankle injury during Milwaukee Washington's game against Champaign Centennial on Saturday night.
Te'Jon Lucas with a hard fall after an intentional foul by Julian Hess. In a lot of pain. Looks like it's his right knee.— Scott Richey (@srrichey) February 7, 2016
Looks like an ankle injury for Te'Jon Lucas. Not putting any pressure on his right leg at all. Still in lots of pain.— Scott Richey (@srrichey) February 7, 2016
John Groce and Paris Parham were on hand at Parkland College to see the matchup. As you can see below, Groce was immediately by the side of his future point guard once he was taken off the floor.
John groce checking on his future point guard. pic.twitter.com/0hdrxYfn03— Brad Sturdy (@Sturdy32) February 7, 2016
Lucas had 21 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds before his injury and was, by all accounts, playing very well.
Lucas committed to the Fighting Illini in September, and signed his National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. He's the lone member of Illinois' 2016 recruiting class.
We'll keep you updated on Lucas' injury as more news becomes available.