UNC freshman Tyler Zeller's future will be determined this week, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Monday.
Zeller has been out since breaking his left wrist against Kentucky on Nov. 18. The 7-foot forward returned to practice last week and could return to help the Heels, who have five regular-season games left. If he does, he would lose the opportunity to redshirt.
"Is he willing to sacrifice a whole year for five or six games?" Williams said, "We'll make a decision this week."
Williams said he would leave the decision up to Zeller, who scored 20 points in the first two games of the season, both starts. Williams said he and Zeller had a conference call with Zeller's parents on Saturday to talk about the decision.
"He has had five or six practices. He hasn't played basketball in 12 weeks," Williams said. "Can he come back and be effective?"
UNC's rotation has been reduced to eight players with the injury to senior wing Marcus Ginyard and the suspension of sophomore forward Will Graves.
Zeller, a McDonald's All-American, would give the Tar Heels another big body to relieve starters Tyler Hansbrough and Deon Thompson. Freshman forward Ed Davis is the only reserve in the frontcourt rotation, although Williams has been able to give Danny Green minutes at forward.
UNC hosts N.C. State on Wednesday and travels to Maryland on Saturday.-- J.P. Giglio