About 90 minutes before North Carolina's game against Miami here on Saturday, Theo Pinson, the Tar Heels junior forward, stepped off the team bus wearing a large protective boot over his right foot.
It's the same foot in which he broke a bone during the preseason, and the same one he re-injured on Thursday during UNC's 91-72 victory at Virginia Tech. The severity of that injury has since remained a mystery, and Pinson's status beyond Saturday – he won't play here against Miami – is unknown.
A UNC basketball team spokesman said that Pinson continues to be evaluated by doctors. UNC officials, along with coach Roy Williams, have said that Pinson “rolled” his right ankle. The injury is not a sprain. It's unclear how long the Tar Heels might be without Pinson.
He missed UNC's first 16 games after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in mid-October, during a preseason practice. Pinson had broken the same bone in his left foot twice before – once in high school and again during his freshman season.
In the six games after returning from his broken foot, Pinson averaged 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He is known as UNC’s primary “energy guy,” and as a player who makes those around him better.