UNC Basketball: Luke Maye injury update from Roy Williams

UNC sophomore Luke Maye being evaluated, status for Tuesday night’s game is unclear

Mid-way through the second half of UNC’s game against Chattanooga, sophomore power forward Luke Maye exited the court with an apparent ankle injury. An X-ray was negative and the initial diagnoses of an ankle sprain was confirmed on Monday by head coach Roy Williams on his radio show.

“Yeah, they did an X-ray (Monday) morning that came out negative. So there’s no break there, but they’re also doing an MRI (Monday night) because there’s still some concern” Williams said on his radio show. “He’s feeling better today than he did yesterday and that’s a good thing. I won’t know anything until we look at the MRI.”

The injury occurred on a seemingly innocuous play, but Maye immediately felt pain and exited the game shortly after.

“I did not see the play, but he came down and came down on the side of one of the Chattanooga player’s foot,” Williams said. “It looked like just a normal sprain but it was an unusual pain for him and he’s a tough kid.”

Jan 30, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) reaches for the ball in the first half at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 30, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) reaches for the ball in the first half at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Maye has shown growth in skill and confidence in his second year with the Tar Heels and he’s an important part of the UNC front court. Coming off the bench, he’s the last leg of a four-man rotation that includes seniors Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks as well as freshman center Tony Bradley.

Maye has averaged 2.5 points and three rebounds in the Tar Heels’ first two contests of the 2016-17 season.

The sophomore power forward continues to be evaluated and his status is unclear for Tuesday night’s game against Long Beach State.

“It’s a quick, quick turnaround,” Williams said following the win over Chattanooga. “We talked the other day about seven games in 13 days. You need your guys to be healthy, no question, because without Theo (Pinson) it will be a lot more difficult for us to go small as well.”

Check back with Keeping It Heel for updates on Maye’s injury as well as our continued coverage of the Long Beach State game that tips off tonight at 8:00 PM EST.

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