(CBS) The Illinois men’s basketball team suffered a big blow Thursday, as the school announced that senior guard Tracy Abrams will miss the entire 2014-’15 season after tearing his right ACL in preseason drills.

The 6-foot-2 Abrams, a native of Chicago, was in line to start at point guard for the Illini after doing so since midway through his freshman year. Abrams averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season.

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Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks will likely replace Abrams in the starting lineup. Starks averaged 10.4 points per game two seasons ago at Oregon State.

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Abrams will be eligible to take a medical redshirt.

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“Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year, so he’s obviously disappointed, and we are for him as well,” Illinois coach John Groce said in a statement. “But Tracy personifies toughness; he has the heart of a champion, and I know that he will only come back stronger from this experience when he returns to the court next year. In the meantime, he will continue to play a vital role for our program with his leadership.”