Sta­tus of Tar Heels’ Mar­shall in limbo

Point guard had surgery on wrist

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY AARON BEARD

The fa­ther of North Carolina point guard Ken­dall Mar­shall said Mon­day on Twit­ter his son is re­cov­er­ing from surgery on his bro­ken right wrist.

Den­nis Mar­shall tweeted Mon­day af­ter­noon: “Com­ing off anes­the­sia . . .all Ken­dall keeps ask­ing for is his teammates.” He also tweeted: “Get ready to hang an­other ban­ner” in the Tar Heels’ arena.

Den­nis Mar­shall didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn a phone call from the As­so­ci­ated Press, and the school said it had no up­date on Ken­dall Mar­shall.

Den­nis Mar­shall told late Sun­day his son would have surgery to in­sert a screw in his wrist.

Ken­dall Mar­shall, who is left­handed, was hurt when he was fouled driv­ing to the bas­ket dur­ing the sec­ond half of Sun­day’s win against Creighton.

His sta­tus for Fri­day’s matchup against Ohio in the Sweet 16 re­mains un­clear.

“I just want to be here for my team,” Mar­shall said Sun­day night. “It is what it is. We’re not say­ing that I’m not go­ing to play. We’re not say­ing that I’m go­ing to play. Bot­tom line, it’s a frac­ture and now I have to deal with it.”

Mar­shall is a sec­ond-team All-at­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence pick who set the league’s sin­gle-sea­son as­sists record.

He has been the Tar Heels’ most ir­re­place­able player, lead­ing the fast­paced of­fense with his see-ev­ery­thing court vi­sion and per­fect pitch-ahead passes in tran­si­tion.

The pass-first point guard also has also stepped up his of­fense re­cently, scor­ing in dou­ble fig­ures the past six games. He had 18 points and 11 as­sists against Creighton.

The Tar Heels lost No. 2 ball­han­dler Dex­ter Strick­land to a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury in Jan­uary.

If Mar­shall can’t go, the point guard job would fall to fresh­man Stil­man White and ver­sa­tile se­nior Justin Watts.

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