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UNC basketball: Kenny Williams injury update

Kenny Williams is working on a comeback for 2017-2018

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Kenny Williams began his UNC career after de-committing from VCU when Shaka Smart left the university to take the reins at Texas. Since putting on the Carolina blue uniform he has found himself catching the injury bug. A knee injury ended his sophomore season right after the first Duke game, and he had surgery this offseason to fix the issue. Williams sat with Adam Lucas to discuss how the rehab process is coming. When asked about where his progress is currently, Williams said:

This is certainly good news for the Tar Heels and Roy Williams. As we learned last year, Williams is one of the best perimeter defenders on the team, and has the ability to catch fire. On a team that will need to replace a ton of points from a season ago, we may see him hunting for his shot more and more.

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The 2 guard position has a lot of depth all of a sudden between Williams, Jalek Felton, Brandon Robinson, Andrew Platek and some rumors of Joel Berry and Seventh Woods getting minutes there as well. If there is one thing we have learned from Roy’s tenure, though, it’s that he will always give the starts at the beginning of the year to the upperclassmen (see Marcus Ginyard, Nate Britt etc.).

Getting Kenny Williams back will also help if the freshman bigs have some trouble adjusting to collegiate hoops. UNC can roll out a lineup of Berry, Williams, Theo Pinson, Cam Johnson, and Luke Maye, and even though they may not have top-end height, they will be long at almost every position, which has become more common in the NCAA.