CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Kennedy Meeks will likely miss several weeks due to a bone bruise on his left knee, UNC announced on Monday.
A school release indicated that while doctors have not determined exactly how long Meeks will be out, he's expected to miss a minimum of two weeks, which brings his availability for the season opener against Clemson on Dec. 30 into question.
The junior center has started all nine games for UNC this season. He's fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding.
Who will start alongside of senior forward Brice Johnson remains to be seen and could change based on the opponent. Senior center Joel James (2.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg) started in place of Meeks on three occasions last season, including two games in the ACC Tournament due to illness. Junior forward Isaiah Hicks (7.9 ppg, 3.9 ppg) started in his place twice in ACC regular season games against Boston College and Pittsburgh due to a coach's decision.
Meeks will not be in the lineup for Wednesday's home game against Tulane and is expected to miss Saturday's matchup with UCLA in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the home tilt with Appalachian State on Dec. 21. UNCG is the final nonconference opponent on the schedule on Dec. 28 before ACC play begins.