North Carolina will be without star point guard Joel Berry for the first four weeks of the season. It was revealed on Wednesday that he broke his hand after losing to a teammate in a video game and punching a door.(
North Carolina coach Roy Williams revealed how star point guard Joel Berry II broke his hand during ACC Media Day on Wednesday, telling ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that Berry punched a door after losing in a video game to Theo Pinson and a team manager.
"He did a silly thing," Williams told Goodman. "That’s what it was. One of his greatest characteristics is his competitiveness."
Berry was named to ESPN’s All-American Preseason First Team on Monday and is widely considered one of the best players in the country.
He was named the Most Outstanding Player in last year’s NCAA Final Four during UNC’s title run, and his ability to run UNC’s versatile offense was a key in making the Tar Heels the country’s best team. He is expected to increase his scoring this year, as the Tar Heels lost three starters from last year’s team.
North Carolina announced on Monday that Berry is expected to miss four weeks with the injury, which would put him back on the court in plenty of time for the ACC regular season.
That timeframe could cause him to miss non-conference games against Stanford and Michigan but it will also give UNC plenty of time to figure out whether Jalek Felton, Seventh Woods or Theo Pinson will function best as a backup.
Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists last season. He scored 22 points in UNC’s national title win over Gonzaga.
Louisville’s Anas Mahmoud answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Louisville’s Quentin Snider answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.