CHAPEL HILL — Two of North Carolinas starters are recovering from injuries, and coach Roy Williams said on Tuesday that hes unsure how much Kennedy Meeks and Leslie McDonald will be able to contribute when the Tar Heels play at N.C. State on Wednesday night.
Meeks is still recovering from a hyper-extended knee and sprained ankle that he suffered on Saturday during UNCs 105-72 victory against Wake Forest. McDonald, meanwhile, has struggled with pain in his left ankle during the past two days. He said he doesnt know when he sustained the injury.
Williams wasnt sure how much McDonald and Meeks would practice on Tuesday.
I dont know what were going to get out of Kennedy today, which means I dont know what were going to get out of Kennedy tomorrow, Williams said. Leslie practiced yesterday but again, it was very little. And he was limping around.
Meeks and McDonald have played integral roles during UNCs nine-game winning streak. McDonald scored 21 points in UNCs victory against Duke last Thursday. He followed that with 19 points in the victory against Wake Forest.
Earlier in the week, Meeks, the freshman from Charlotte, scored a season-high 23 points in a victory at Florida State. Both McDonald and Meeks have helped UNC become a more balanced offensive team in recent weeks, and both have helped alleviate the pressure on Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo, the teams leading scorers.
McDonald and Meeks were hopeful they would be able to practice on Tuesday and play on Wednesday night. Asked if he believed he would play against N.C. State, Meeks said, I do. Meeks endured his injury on Saturday in the first half but returned to play.
I guess I was trying to be tough, he said. I guess that didnt help after the game. It just made it worse. But Ill be all right.