GREENSBORO — His face drained of most of its color and sweat beads forming above his upper lip, Stilman White tried his best to strike a confident tone.
Ive definitely got my feet wet the last two games and got the NCAA tournament atmosphere, White said. I definitely feel comfortable out there and confident in myself.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams had walked into the Tar Heels locker room seconds earlier and told his team that starting point guard Kendall Marshall had fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist.
The news took most of the shine off the 87-73 win against Creighton at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The implication was written on Whites face.
While the Tar Heels stressed they dont know Marshalls status, theres a chance White will be North Carolinas point guard when it plays in the Sweet 16 on Friday night in St. Louis.
If there is one player North Carolina could least afford to lose, just about everyone would say its Marshall.
If that actually comes to pass, the thankless task of trying to replace him could fall to White, a freshman from Wilmington who turned down scholarship offers from Brigham Young and Utah State to play at North Carolina.
As a result of the injuries to Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland, White has already played more minutes than anticipated this season. Hes seen action in 31 games, with his season-high in minutes coming against Nicholls (11 minutes).
He scored eight total points in ACC play, distributing a total of six assists.
Ive gained a lot of confidence as the seasons gone on, White said. Hopefully, if I have to go out there and do a little bit more, then Im able to do that. Im definitely confident in myself that Im able to do that.
White was still trying to process the stunning news and didnt know if hed approach the week as if Marshall werent going to play.
I dont know, he said. Were just not sure right now. Hopefully, Kendall can go and we can prepare with him. Right now, I just dont know. Its too early to tell.
White answered a couple more questions after that, repeatedly stating that hed do his best if called upon.
There was one theme he kept returning to.
Hopefully Kendalls ready to go, he said.