After an injury-plagued 2014-15 season that saw him miss 10 games due to a fracturing his left metatarsal, North Carolina guard/forward Theo Pinson should be a full-go for the 2015-16 season after coming off successful foot surgery on Monday.
From North Carolina’s athletic website:
Theo Pinson, a freshman guard/forward on the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, underwent successful surgery on his left foot Monday at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery. Pinson suffered a fracture of his left fifth metatarsal in UNC’s game at Wake Forest on January 21st. He missed the next 10 games and 14 of the last 19.
Pinson is the second Tar Heel to undergo surgery this offseason, as guard Marcus Paige is also recovering from ankle surgery that he had two weeks ago. Pinson is coming off a season in which he averaged 2.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.2 blocks per game, while shooting .368 percent from the field.
As noted in the release, North Carolina’s athletic trainer Doug Halverson predicts Pinson should be fine heading into next season. With Pinson and Paige returning to full health, the Tar Heels should be a dangerous team next season. Many have pegged North Carolina as the No.1 team heading into the 2015-16 season since they return four starters and only lose J.P. Tokoto as a major contributor from last year’s squad.