Illinois forward Mike Davis will remain on the sidelines for the rest of the summer, but that doesn't mean he can't prepare for next season. Davis, a junior this fall, suffered a broken left ankle during a voluntary workout Tuesday morning at the Ubben Basketball Complex.

Illinois forward Mike Davis will be sidelined for the rest of the summer after breaking an ankle Tuesday morning.


Davis, a junior this fall, suffered a broken left ankle during a voluntary workout at the Ubben Basketball Complex. Davis will be sidelined for the next six to eight weeks. The injury forced Davis to withdraw from next week's national team trials prior to the World University Games.


A second-team all-Big Ten pick who averaged 11.3 points and was second in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.1 per game last season, Davis is expected to return to full speed before the start of the fall semester in August.


"I am disappointed for Mike because I know how hard he's been working and how much he was looking forward to USA Basketball tryouts and the chance to represent his country," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "But with adversity comes opportunity. While he won't be able to participate in basketball activities for a while, he will be able to get in the weight room and work on adding weight and increasing his strength.


"Mike is a motivated young man, and I'm confident he will make the most of this situation.''


Davis, who had never even sprained an ankle before Tuesday, isn't expected to undergo surgery. He will wear a cast for a week or two, then switch to a walking boot. He suffered the injury during a workout with former Illinois guard Chester Frazier and senior forward Dominique Keller.


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