Sasha Seymore waited years for his chance to walk on to the men’s basketball team at North Carolina.
He finally earned his way onto the team in the fall, but his season ended Monday with the difficult news that he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.
Seymore, a New Bern native who is UNC’s senior class president, was injured during Saturday’s victory against Alabama-Birmingham. He played in six games this season and scored seven points.
Coach Roy Williams said in a statement his team was crushed to learn the severity of Seymore’s injury.
“Their reaction says a lot about Sasha and the impact he has made on our team in just a short time,” Williams said. “He’s a remarkable young man whose career I will follow with great expectations.
“He has a phenomenal opportunity to study abroad, but I know he is going to miss not playing in his final semester in college. We are going to miss his enthusiasm and the effort he gave us every moment he was on the floor.”
Seymore attends UNC on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship – the highest undergraduate academic scholarship the university offers. He is a double major in economics and global studies, and he recently was one of 12 recipients nationally of a Mitchell Scholarship, which will allow him to study next year in Northern Ireland.
He played on UNC’s junior varsity basketball team during his freshman and sophomore seasons before making the varsity team this season.