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‘He says it’s feeling better’: Moretti confident in quick return to Illini

The freshman guard is making progress.

David Pollak // TCR

With the last week off due to final exams, Illinois basketball is set to return to action Sunday as it’ll host Colgate.

Head coach Brad Underwood met with the media Friday morning at the Ubben complex to discuss freshman point guard Niccolo Moretti’s injury amongst other topics ahead of Sunday's game.

Status on Moretti

The injury to Moretti’s foot occurred in the Nov. 19 win over Southern.

Underwood said that Moretti had an appointment Friday morning and believes the freshman is moving in the right direction.

“I think he’s on a very good track, Underwood said. “Obviously the scans will tell us a clearer picture of what that looks like.”

Even Moretti himself is starting to give his coach confidence that he’ll be back in due time.

“He says it’s feeling better and that’s probably the most important thing,” Underwood said.

However, Underwood stated that Moretti ‘will not be’ available for Sunday. There is not necessarily a set time table for his return either.

“We’ll get him when we get him,” Underwood said. “I know how hard he's working and how quickly he wants to be back.”

TSJ day in the life video

Underwood was asked Friday about a video posted on X that walks the viewer through a day in the life of Terrence Shannon Jr.

It starts by showing when Shannon arrives to the facility each morning to workout, and the time conveys why he’s one of the top players in the country.

“How many college kids get up at 4:40 every morning to come workout?” Underwood asked. “How many?”

A good question to say the least.

It’s not surprising why Shannon is amongst the nation’s best to Underwood.

“There’s a reason he’s No. 2 in KenPom in National Player of the Year stuff,” Underwood said. “Good things happen to those who work hard.”

Underwood also talked about how players like Shannon have to find their own success. It’s exactly what the Chicago native has done.

“There’s no shortcuts to success,” Underwood said. “Terrence has bought into that completely, I’ve got so much respect for that.”

You can watch the video below: