CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina announced on Friday that junior wing Theo Pinson is out indefinitely after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice this week.
“I’m so disappointed for Theo,” Roy Williams said in a school release. “Number one, he’s been playing well and he does so many positive things for our team. Theo’s our energy guy, he defends, he’s our best passer, a threat on the offensive boards, he can play four different positions, and he gives our team personality, and I mean that in a good way. Hopefully we can get him back before the end of the season, but we have not met with all the medical personnel yet so there is no timetable for when he can play again.”
This is the third time that Pinson has fractured the fifth metatarsal in a foot. He fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in a game at Wake Forest on Jan. 21, 2015, and previously broke the same bone in his left foot as a junior at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian Academy in Sept. 2012.
UNC’s release stated that a treatment plan for the injury is currently being reviewed and there is no schedule for his return.
When Pinson broke the same bone in his left foot, the UNC training staff elected to perform offseason surgery instead of allowing the fracture to heal on its own. The procedure included a bone graft and replaced a screw initially inserted in 2012. Pinson was sidelined five months following the surgery.
The Greensboro, N.C. native was expected to start in UNC’s backcourt alongside of point guard Joel Berry. Pinson averaged 4.5 points per game in 2015-16 and was third on the team in assists with 115.