Fractured foot sidelines North Carolina’s Pinson indefinitely


University of North Carolina junior swingman Theo Pinson will be out indefinitely after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Pinson suffered the injury in practice earlier this week. A treatment plan for the injury is currently being reviewed and there is no schedule for his return.

“I’m so disappointed for Theo,” says Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams. “Number one, he’s been playing well and he does so many positive things for our team. Theo’s our energy guy, he defends, he’s our best passer, a threat on the offensive boards, he can play four different positions, and he gives our team personality, and I mean that in a good way. Hopefully we can get him back before the end of the season, but we have not met with all the medical personnel yet so there is no timetable for when he can play again.”

Pinson played in all 40 games last year and made seven starts. He was third on the team in assists with 115 and led the Tar Heels in assists per minute. He was UNC’s first non-starter to record 100 assists in a season since 2008. The Greensboro, N.C., native averaged 18.7 minutes a game and scored 4.5 points per contest as a sophomore.

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