North Carolina coach Roy Williams might have figured before the season that the Tar Heels’ depth would be the least of his concerns. But as injuries have mounted he said on Monday that the Heels’ depth is “not quite what we hoped it would be.”
Leslie McDonald, a junior guard, hasn’t played at all this season while recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the summer. Then Dexter Strickland suffered a season-ending knee injury in a victory at Virginia Tech on Jan. 19. And then, on Saturday, P.J. Hairston sat out the Heels’ victory against Virginia with a foot injury.
Hairston, a freshman, became the third UNC shooting guard to miss a game because of an injury this season. Williams said today during his portion of the weekly ACC teleconference that UNC’s medical staff would evaluate Hairston’s injured left foot and determine how much – if any – he can participate in practice.
Hairston’s status for the Heels’ game against Miami on Wednesday night is unknown, Williams said.
Meanwhile, Harrison Barnes’ left ankle, which he sprained in a victory at Wake Forest on Jan. 31, continues to improve, Williams said. Barnes suffered some swelling after the victory against Virginia, but Williams said Barnes’ ankle felt stronger than it did the previous week after a victory at Maryland.
-- Andrew Carter
Monday, February 13, 2012