CHAMPAIGN — Myke Henry figures prominently into Illinois basketball’s playing rotation over the next three seasons. At 6-foot-6, he’s a gifted scorer that can play multiple positions. But for now, the rising sophomore is in recovery mode.
Henry sustained an ankle sprain during an open gym at Ubben Basketball Complex on Sunday. X-rays Tuesday were negative. Illinois coach John Groce said Henry is expected to be sidelined for roughly 2-3 weeks.
Henry averaged 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 22 games as a freshman reserve. Coaches project him at the small and power forward positions.
It’s been a rough week on the injury front for the Illini. Rising senior Brandon Paul sustained a broken jaw during a recent workout. Paul is expected to be sidelined for about two weeks.