Illini’s Shannon reinstated, scores 16 points in return

Illini’s Shannon reinstated, scores 16 points in return

Illinois star guard Terrence Shannon Jr. was suspended indefinitely on Dec. 28 following his arrest on a rape charge in Kansas.

On Jan. 8, Shannon and his legal representatives filed for a temporary restraining order against the University of Illinois seeking immediate reinstatement to the team.

At that time, Shannon’s lawyer, Mark Goldenberg, told 247Sports, “TJ has constantly maintained his innocence. All he wants is a fair process, and we don’t think he’s gotten that yet. He’s been granted no due process rights, no presumption of innocence, no fair and complete open opportunity to defend the claim.”

This past Friday, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction that cleared the way for Shannon’s return to the team.

In a statement released by university spokesperson Robin Kaler, he said, “We have received the Court’s Order. Effective immediately, Terrence Shannon Jr. has been reinstated to full status as a University student-athlete and will be available for basketball practice and competition. We will continue to review the Court Order and monitor the case.”

In a post on his X account, Shannon said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to re-join my teammates and get back to work.”

Shannon came off the bench to help spark Illinois to Sunday’s 86-63 win over Rutgers as an 11-point home favorite. In 28 minutes of playing time, he had 16 points, one steal, one rebound and four assists compared to only one turnover.

Shannon made 4-of-10 field-goal attempts and 8-of-10 free throws. Justin Harmon led five double-figure scorers for the Fighting Illini with 18 points and eight rebounds.

In 12 games this season, Shannon is averaging 21.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game. He is shooting at a 50.7 percent clip from the field, has drained 38.2 percent of his treys (despite going 0-for-5 from downtown in his return vs. RU) and made 77.4 percent of his free throws.

Illinois (14-4 straight up, 11-5-2 against the spread) is back in action Wednesday at Northwestern. The Illini are in third place in the Big Ten with a 5-2 record in league play.

The ‘over’ has hit in three straight Illinois games and is 9-2 in its last 11 contests. FanDuel has the Illini with 30/1 odds to win the 2024 NCAA Tournament.