North Carolina Tar Heels guard Theo Pinson is out indefinitely with a fractured right foot, with there being no immediate timetable for his return. The announcement comes with less than a month until the Tar Heels open their season Nov. 11 at home against Tulane.
Expected to open the season as the team’s starting shooting guard, Pinson was to slot in between Joel Berry at the point guard spot and Justin Jackson at the small forward position. In his place, the team has the option of playing another point guard in Nate Britt in the starting lineup, or giving an extended look to Kenny Williams (who made just one three-point basket last season) or Seventh Woods.
Pinson is a former five-star recruit from Wesleyan Christian HS in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, where he was the No. 1 player in the state for the 2014 recruiting class. Rated behind only teammate Justin Jackson and Miami Heat (and former Duke Blue Devils) forward Justise Winslow at the small forward position, the 6’6″, 180-pound Pinson averaged only 18.7 minutes per game last year, contributing 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
For his career at North Carolina, Pinson is only 25-for-89 from long range (28.1 percent) and 65.9 percent from the free throw line. For a Tar Heels offense that is not plentiful on the three-point ball, getting Pinson to expand upon his game was vital heading into the year.
There will be no rest for the weary, as the Tar Heels playing in the Maui Invitational and take on Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in the month of November. December also means a showdown with the Kentucky Wildcats before ACC play begins.