UNC Basketball: Roy Williams gives update on Theo Pinson injury

BY Fansided and Blake Cockrum/FanSided via Keeping It Heel • December 15, 2016

Theo Pinson nearing return to UNC lineup?

After fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in late October, UNC junior forward Theo Pinson was sidelined before the season began. He had surgery just days later and the initial timetable for his return was 8-12 weeks.

It appears now, though, that Pinson could be ahead of schedule and ready to return sooner than first anticipated.

In early December, doctors examined the injured foot to see how his recovery was coming along and to determine what the next step in his rehabilitation would be. “If the x-ray looks good, a CT scan would follow later in the week,” Pinson said. “And if that looks good, it’s on and rolling,”

Apr 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Theo Pinson (left) surprises head coach Roy Williams (right) during a press conference before the national championship game against the Villanova Wildcats at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Roy Williams said that Pinson would undergo a CT scan early next week to see if it shows more healing and to further assess the situation.

“He jogged six feet and jogged back six feet and then smiled at me,” Williams said as he laughed.

Williams has relied primarily on two players to step up in Pinson’s absence; senior guard Nate Britt and rising sophomore Kenny Williams.

Williams, in particular, has been impressive to start the season, connecting on 15-of-34 shots from three-point range. For the season, he’s averaging 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Not bad for a guy who hit only 1-of-13 from beyond the arc last season and could barely get on the court.

The exact timetable for Pinson’s return is still unknown, but after the CT scan next week, we’ll know a lot more.

Check back with Keeping It Heel for future updates on Pinson, his injury and all things Tar Heels.

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