CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Roy Williams is progressing well following knee replacement surgery last month and will hit the recruiting circuit for the summer evaluation periods beginning next week, according to athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner.
Dr. Walt Beaver performed the procedure on Williams’s right knee in Charlotte on May 27. The 65-year-old UNC head coach is no longer on crutches and has been using a cane of late, according to Kirschner, who added that Williams is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab.
The Hall of Fame head coach had two knee surgeries last summer that didn’t take. As a result, Williams suffered with knee pain throughout UNC’s ACC championship season and eventual run to the national championship game. He told reporters following the season he was bone-on-bone on the medial side (interior) of his knees and was inquiring about potential replacements for both knees. His right knee was in worse shape, requiring a brace during the 2015-16 season.
July is a key recruiting month for college coaches. Three evaluation periods (July 6-10, July 13-17 and July 20-24) offer numerous opportunities to watch prospects across the country.