Tar Heels’ Anthony out 4-6 weeks
North Carolina star freshman point guard Cole Anthony is expected to miss four to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.
The school says Anthony had the procedure Monday to treat a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. He had missed Sunday’s loss to Wofford due to the injury, with UNC saying then that he was out indefinitely as treatment options were being evaluated.
Widely regarded as a potential NBA lottery pick if he enters the draft after one season, Anthony is averaging 19.1 points to rank second nationally among freshmen and has been the Tar Heels’ best player at creating his own shot. He led the team in scoring in six of his nine games this season, starting when he had 34 points against Notre Dame for the most points ever by an Atlantic Coast Conference freshman in his first game.
Anthony is also averaging 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists, though he’s shooting 36.8% from the field.
Still, the Tar Heels have had their offensive troubles even with Anthony in the lineup. They’re averaging 68.4 points and shooting 39.8% on the season, the lowest totals in 17 seasons under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.
The Tar Heels (6-4) are unranked for the first time since February 2014 after three straight losses. They visit No. 2 Gonzaga on Wednesday night before facing UCLA on Saturday in Las Vegas for the CBS Sports Classic.
“Obviously not having a player of Cole’s caliber will be a tremendous challenge to our young team, but we have to play,” Williams said in a statement. “No one player is going to replace the production Cole Anthony gives us, so it’s up to everyone who puts on a North Carolina jersey to raise his game and help our team play better.”
Powell out indefinitely: Seton Hall star guard Myles Powell is in concussion protocol and has been ruled out indefinitely, the school announced Tuesday.
Powell suffered a concussion during the first half of the Pirates’ 68-48 loss to instate rival Rutgers on Saturday. There’s no timetable for his return.
“Myles’ health and well-being is of the utmost importance as he goes through concussion protocol,” coach Kevin Willard said. “This is an unfortunate injury for Myles, who was in the middle of a special season.”
Powell suffered the concussion while trying to take a charge, with teammate Tyrese Samuel then colliding with him.
A senior guard, Powell is among the nation’s leading scorers. He entered Saturday’s game averaging 22.9 points and has gone for 30-plus points against both Oregon and Michigan State this season.
NCAA rules on Coach K violation: The NCAA accepted Duke’s self-reporting of a Level III violation committed by coach Mike Krzyzewski last month and the matter is resolved, The Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday.
The Hall of Fame coach violated an NCAA rule Nov. 8 by mentioning DJ Steward, a Chicago prep basketball star who had committed to play for the Blue Devils. Steward had yet to sign his National Letter of Intent at that time.
During a news conference following Duke’s 89-55 win over Colorado State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Krzyzewski, a Chicago native, was asked about recruiting in his hometown.
“I just enjoy recruiting anywhere there’s a good player, great kid who wants to come to Duke,” Krzyzewski said “We’ve had a few of those in Chicago, one that’s there right now in DJ, and we’re happy that they stopped the teacher’s strike so he could go to Whitney Young and qualify to come here, although he’s qualified. Chicago’s a great town and I always love going back.”
NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168 allows a member institution to comment publicly “only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective studentathlete.”
The rule prohibits commenting “generally about the prospective studentathlete’s ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; ... the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete committing to or signing with that institution.”
UNC guard Cole Anthony ranks second nationally in scoring among freshmen.