Injury bug bites UNC again

Incoming North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige has a stress fracture in his left foot, according to both scout.com and The News & Observer -- but it should be healed in four or five weeks.

“By the time he leaves in June to head down [to North Carolina], he’ll be fine,” his high school coach, Chris Robertson, told The News & Observer. He also told the paper that Paige would have surgery Tuesday.

The injury means the McDonald's All-American will not compete Saturday in the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., or the Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, N.C., on April 14.

Paige's health is key, considering he arrives in Chapel Hill, N.C., as the favorite to start at point guard, after sophomore Kendall Marshall's decision last week to leave early for the NBA.

His injury is also just the latest in a long list of breaks, tears and sprains for UNC this season. To review:

  • Shooting guard Leslie McDonald needed reconstructive left knee surgery before 2011-12 started, and ended up redshirting.

  • Then starting shooting guard/back-up point guard Dexter Strickland tore the ACL in his right knee in January, and missed the rest of the season.

  • Forward John Henson missed three postseason games with a sprained left wrist.

  • And then Marshall fractured his right wrist during UNC's second game of the NCAA tournament, and had to watch from the bench as the Tar Heels beat Ohio, then fell to Kansas in the Midwest Region final.