UNC has released official word on the continuing medical odyssey and we can now add Danny Green and Quentin Thomas to the list of the walking sick and wounded.
The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team may be without three of its top five scorers in Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, which will tip off at 1:05 p.m. at the Smith Center.
Sophomore point guard Ty Lawson will not play against the Hokies due to a sprained left ankle, an injury he suffered on Feb. 3 against Florida State. Lawson did not play the final 36 minutes of the game in Tallahassee and was unable to play against Duke, Clemson and Virginia.
Sophomore power forward Deon Thompson, who has started all 25 games and is averaging 9.4 points a game, hyper-extended his left knee at Virginia and is questionable for Saturday’s game. He was unable to practice yesterday, but is scheduled to practice on a limited basis today.
Junior forward Danny Green, the fourth-leading scorer, has the flu and is unable to practice today.
Junior forward Tyler Hansbrough (infected toe), junior guard Marcus Ginyard (sprained right ankle, turf toe on left foot) and senior guard Quentin Thomas (back spasms) are expected to play against Virginia Tech.
Is that everyone? Let me run down the list of Heels who have been less than 100% or missed games so far this season:
Bobby Frasor(torn ACL)
Ty Lawson(ankle injury twice)
Alex Stepheson(family illness)
Marcus Ginyard(turf toe and ankle injury)
Deon Thompson(knee injury)
Tyler Hansbrough(infected toe)
Quentin Thomas(back spasms)
So for the love of Dean Smith can someone put Wayne Ellington in an undisclosed secure and sterile location for the remainder of the season. You cannot make up the number of medical issues this team has had this season. If the Heels end up winning a national title after all of this it will be destiny and nothing less.