CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- To those of you in need of a Marcus Ginyard update, congratulations, you've come to the right place, because I spent the afternoon at North Carolina as the Tar Heels prepared for their showdown with Wake Forest, and the first thing I did was ask Roy Williams if he would play his defensive stopper Sunday night.
"Probably not," Williams answered.
Like any good coach, Williams left himself a little wiggle room. That's fine. But after watching Ginyard spend most of Saturday's practice at the Dean Smith Center on a side goal working individually, I'd be shocked if he played against Wake Forest (or even at Virginia next week), and that really is too bad, because one of the things that made the possibilities for these Tar Heels so intriguing was the assumption that they'd be healthy, which, of course, they have not been.
Ginyard had preseason foot surgery and missed the first 11 games.
He returned and played 11 minutes against Rutgers on Dec. 28.
Then he played against Nevada and Boston College, too.
But Ginyard has never felt right, meaning something is still wrong. So Williams sat Ginyard down against Charleston, and now he's "probably" out for the Wake Forest game, and it remains unclear whether this will improve with time or if it'll linger through March.
"That's the reason they call it medical practice," Williams said. "Nobody knows."
Also on the injury front, some good news: Tyler Zeller is cast-free.
The freshman forward broke is wrist in the Nov. 18 win over Kentucky, had a screw inserted, serious surgery, so on and so forth. But the cast came off Wednesday, and Zeller spent Saturday shooting. And even though Williams said "everything is progressing well," doctors aren't even supposed to re-evaluate Zeller for another six weeks, and he will remain out for the season barring something miraculous or a drastic change of plans.
"I'm 99.9 percent sure (he won't play again this season)," Williams said.