CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior wing Theo Pinson is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks with a broken foot, Roy Williams announced during his radio show on Monday night.
Pinson fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice three weeks ago. Dr. Robert Anderson, who also repaired Pinson’s left foot in May 2015, performed the surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Oct. 26.
“The other foot he broke when he was a senior in high school and then broke it again against Wake Forest his freshman year here and had surgery,” Williams said. “They put a screw in it at that time, and he’s had zero problems with it, so that gives me good hope that this one will act the same way.”
Williams confirmed Pinson was on track to be a starter at the two-guard spot with his play during practice prior to the injury. The rehab timeline overlaps the start of ACC play, although the 14th-year UNC head coach is taking an optimistic viewpoint.
“We’re hoping eight weeks,” Williams said. “They’re saying 8-12, but we’re hoping eight.”
Eight weeks from the surgery date is Dec. 21. UNC hosts Northern Iowa that evening before taking Christmas break. The Tar Heels complete their nonconference schedule when Monmouth comes to town on Dec. 28. UNC’s ACC schedule opens New Year’s Eve at Georgia Tech.
“If it’s eight weeks, it’s fine,” Williams said. “Well, it’s not fine, but it’s what we’ll take because he’d have the whole conference season basically. If it’s 12 weeks, then we’ve got to make some decisions at that point.”
Pinson started seven games and played in all 40 contests last season. He averaged 4.5 points in 18.7 minutes per game, while also dishing out 115 assists and leading the team in assists per minute.