UNC has been without star point guard Cole Anthony since early December. The Heels have struggled without the five-star freshman, going 4-8 in his absence.
Anthony underwent surgery on a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and was declared out for 4-to-6 weeks. That time frame is up, and now we’re waiting to see if and when Anthony returns to the court.
During a radio appearance today, UNC head coach Roy Williams offered up an update on Anthony’s progress. He still has one big hurdle to clear.
Williams says Anthony has still not been declared fit for contact.
Roy Williams, on Cole Anthony's return from injury:
I really don't have anything to report. When the doctors tell me he can practice, and then they say he's ready to go, he'll go. He's shooting but not doing any contact work right now. He's making a lot of shots when I watch.
— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) January 28, 2020
Of course, once Anthony went down, there was instant speculation that he would sit out the rest of the season to heal and preserve his status as a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
However, that’s not an option, according to Anthony’s father Greg, a former NBA point guard and current Turner Sports analyst.
“Cole is just different,” Greg Anthony said, via Sports Illustrated. “That would never be an option for him. He wants to help his brothers; it’s killed him not being able to get out there and play with them.”
With last night’s win at NC State, UNC moved to 10-10 on the season and 3-6 in ACC play. The Heels will likely have to win eight of their final 11 regular season games to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team.