Capel Will Not Play vs Huskies Due to Concussion

CHAPEL HILL --- University of North Carolina senior forward Jason Capel will not play Saturday when the Tar Heels' men's basketball team plays at the University of Connecticut. Capel suffered the concussion three days ago when he collided with a teammate in practice while diving for a loose ball. The injury caused him to miss Carolina's 81-71 loss at Florida State on January 16.

The last time Carolina's leading scorer missed more than one game due to injury was in 1993-94 when shooting guard Donald Williams missed nine games because of a stress fracture in his foot and a separated shoulder.

The Florida State game was the first Capel missed since his freshman season when he missed eight games due to a sore back and mononucleosis.

Capel is second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding with 10.3 per game. He leads the ACC in defensive rebounds and is third in the league in offensive boards. Capel also is sixth in the ACC in scoring (16.8 ppg) and sixth in free throw percentage.

Capel leads the Tar Heels in 14 statistical categories, including minutes played, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, steals, points and scoring average. No Carolina player has led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists since UNC recorded assist leaders in 1968-69.

Capel is one of only two players in the ACC averaging a double-double in points and rebounds (Travis Watson of Virginia). The last Carolina player to average a double-double for an entire season was Antawn Jamison, who earned National Player of the Year honors in 1997-98 when he averaged 22.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

He is one of only three Tar Heels in history to score 1,000 points, grab 700 rebounds and have 300 assists. Three-time All-America forward Mike O'Koren (1977-80) and first-team All-ACC forward Ademola Okulaja (1996-99) are the others. Capel has scored 1,276 points, grabbed 727 rebounds and handed out 301 assists. He is 34th alltime in scoring at UNC, 20th in rebounding and 22nd in assists.


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