Pinson, a Greensboro, N.C. native, injured his foot midway through the first half of Wednesday’s 87-71 victory in Winston-Salem. He set a down screen for teammate Joel James, who inadvertently stepped on his right foot. Pinson stepped back and his left foot twisted awkwardly. He left the game and exited to the locker room with 7:52 to play.
“We’re still evaluating what all of his options can be,” Williams said. “Not a very comfortable feeling for us because we feel like we’re down quite a few, personnel-wise, anyway. And I think he was starting to come [on] and I liked that part of it, too.”
Pinson is averaging 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.
This marks the second time Pinson has suffered this same injury. He first broke his left foot as a junior at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian Academy in Sept. 2012.
“He handled it great,” Wesleyan head coach Keith Gatlin said on Friday. “He worked his butt off to get back on the court with rehabbing. He did have surgery. He was ready for our season when it started in November.”
Gatlin spoke with Pinson this morning.
“He sounded upbeat like he always is,” Gatlin said. “He’s a great young man and he’s in our prayers as always.”
Williams confirmed that Pinson will not play against Florida State on Saturday, but was unable to provide further details about how long Pinson may be out.
Duke forward Ryan Kelly reportedly broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in January 2013 and missed seven weeks of action. California guard Justin Cobbs broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last season and needed eight weeks before returning to full speed in practice.
Pinson is one of five Tar Heels who will not dress out for Saturday’s game. Point guards Joel Berry (groin), Stilman White (foot) and Luke Davis (foot), as well as walk-on forward Sasha Seymore (ACL), will be sidelined. Guards Marcus Paige (plantar fasciitis) and Nate Britt (15 stitches in lip) are also banged up.
Sherrell McMillan contributed to this story.
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