P.J. Hairston, the North Carolina freshman who has been the Tar Heels leading 3-point shooter, announced via his Twitter account that he will not play against No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday due to a wrist injury he suffered during the Tar Heels 60-57 victory over No. 9 Wisconsin Wednesday night.
Sorry to say but I will not be playing Saturday, Hairston tweeted Thursday morning.
Later in the day, UNC confirmed that Hairston suffered a sprained left wrist and bone contusion in the game and declared him questionable for Saturdays game.
Hairston played nine minutes against Wisconsin before sustaining the injury in the second half. He left the game with 13:40 to play and did not return, watching the remainder of North Carolinas win with ice wrapped around his wrist. According to a release issued by the university, Hairston was injured bracing his fall with his left hand as he attempted to draw a charge.
A series of medical tests Thursday revealed a sprain and contusion but no fracture, the release said.
On his Twitter account, Hairston on Thursday morning wrote that hed be fine.
Dont worry about anything, Ill be fine, he wrote. Not a fracture or broken, Ill be back ripping the net soon.
Hairston is UNCs fifth-leading scorer, with an average of 8.3 points per game. He has made 45.2 percent of his 3-point attempts the best percentage on the team among those who receive regular playing time.