UNC G Kenny Williams Likely Out for Season

The sophomore starting guard injured his knee before practice on Tuesday.

RALEIGH, N.C. --- Kenny Williams's sophomore season is likely over.

North Carolina's starting shooting guard will undergo surgery on his right knee, Roy Williams announced following Wednesday night's win over N.C. State.

Williams suffered the injury while warming up for practice on Tuesday and did not dress out for Wednesday’s game. UNC's head coach said Williams will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, which means he is not expected to return this season.

"He'll have surgery early next week and he's probably out for the season," Roy Williams said. "He hurt his knee. It's a crazy thing. It's not an ACL or anything like that. It's 4-to-6 weeks, but when you look at 4-to-6 weeks at this point in the year, it's basically the end of the season."

Williams has started 22 games this season, averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.

"I've said all year long that Kenny's our best perimeter defender, he really is," Roy Williams said. "And then in the Notre Dame game, when he makes three threes like that, then he's really gotten to a high level player, so some guys will have to step up - Theo (Pinson) and Nate (Britt)."

Pinson started in Williams's absence at PNC Arena, posting 12 points and four assists. With Britt and Pinson working primarily at the two, freshman Seventh Woods absorbed the backup minutes at point guard and freshman Brandon Robinson saw time at both the two and three spots.

"I've just got to step up," Pinson told reporters in UNC's locker room. "I'm willing to take the challenge, but I can't go out there thinking, alright, Kenny's out, so I've got to be more aggressive and force stuff. I've got to keep playing my game, and that's what I'm going to do."

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