Tar Heels’ An­thony out 4-6 weeks

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY -

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 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.

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