At heart, the Final Four’s most outstanding player is still a college student.
After news came out that North Carolina senior guard Joel Berry broke his hand on Monday, Coach Roy Williams revealed how Berry suffered the injury to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman at ACC: Operation Basketball on Wednesday.
Berry’s injury, which will keep him out for four weeks, was a hot topic for Carolina’s Theo Pinson and Luke Maye, who replaced Berry at the event, in interviews.
Pinson said it’s never positive for a teammate to get hurt — especially a senior captain — but the Tar Heels are looking for the positive as sophomore Seventh Woods and freshman Jalek Felton step into the point guard role for the next month.
“It might be a blessing in disguise,” Pinson said. “I remember my sophomore year Marcus (Paige) got hurt before the season started, gave me the opportunity to get in those big-time games in crucial situations and see what I can do and make plays and had Coach trusting me more to be in the game at the end. You never know. It definitely can help the young guys come off and get those big-time minutes and have to produce because we don’t have Joel Berry to throw right back in there to save the day.”