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[MARCH 31, 2004]  NORMAL -- Illinois State guard Kevin Troc was diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his right knee, meaning the Lockport native has decided to end his basketball career.

"Kevin pushed himself and his knee further than any player I've ever coached," head coach Porter Moser said. "It's a tribute to his work ethic and will as a player and a competitor. I have the utmost respect for Kevin as a player, and he will always be a member of the Redbird basketball family. He needed to make a decision that was best for his health and future."

Troc fought through the pain all season but was able to take the floor in only 14 games during the 2003-04 campaign. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest, while logging 7.4 minutes per game.

"It was a decision that I had make after talking to the doctors, trainers, coaches and my family, and I think it was the right decision," said Troc.


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He had to redshirt his freshman season after developing a staph infection in his pelvis early in the season. He returned to play in 28 games during the 2002-03 season despite the nagging knee injury. Troc averaged 2.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 11 minutes per game.

According to NCAA rules, Troc will finish his college career on a medical scholarship, which doesn't apply to the 13 allotted to the men's basketball program.

[Todd Kober, director of athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]

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