Thursday, November 13, 2008


North Carolina coach Roy Williams said reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough is “extremely doubtful” for Saturday’s season opener for the top-ranked Tar Heels.

In a statement from the school Wednesday, Williams said the team will keep Hansbrough out of practice a little longer as he recovers from a stress reaction in his right shin.

Hansbrough hasn’t practiced for two weeks with the injury, which can be a precursor to a stress fracture.

“It’s extremely doubtful that he would play against Penn, and I emphasize extremely doubtful,” Williams said.

Hansbrough has played in all 108 games of his three-year career, and he had missed just one practice—the day after playing 47 minutes in a double-overtime win against Clemson despite an infected toe last year—before this injury.

The Tar Heels will probably start 7-foot freshman Tyler Zeller in Hansbrough’s place while Danny Green—North Carolina’s sixth man last year— starts for injured Marcus Ginyard.

(Photo by Zeke Smith)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive