North Carolina basketball player Marcus Paige will miss the next three to four weeks after acquiring an injury earlier this week. Senior guard of the Tar Heels will surely miss a number of games suffering from a fracture in his non-shooting hand during a practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
Paige ?spent all of last season fighting that pesky injury bug,? facing plantar fasciitis in his right foot, hip injury and sprains in both ankles. Scoring averages went down from 17.5 points per game (PPG) to 14.1, handling an average of 47.8 percent on the field after having a bigger 65.2 percent as a sophomore, according to statistics from HoopMath.com from Bleacher Report.
He has collected a number of first-team preseason All-America honors along with Co-Preseason Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, posted by the University Of North Carolina (UNC).
?I hate it for Marcus,? head coach Roy Williams said in a statement. ?He?s such a wonderful young man ? one of the most outstanding people I have been lucky to coach. I know he?ll handle this with the same level of maturity and responsibility that he does everything else.?
Paige has 474 assists and landed 225 three-points and only need nine more to become UNC?s all-time three-point leader, according to UNC. He has missed just one game in his three years as a Tar Heel. ?Our team will certainly be challenged in his absence. We will need everyone up and down the roster to step up their games and take care of each other and our team until he gets back.?
The Tar Heels will play against Guilford in an exhibition game on Friday, 7:30PM and open the regular season with Temple in Annapolis, Md., on November 13th for the Veterans Day Classic.