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Monday, February 13, 2012
P.J. Hairston's foot to be evaluated today

By Robbi Pickeral

North Carolina freshman P.J. Hairston, who missed Saturday’s win against Virginia because of a sore foot, will be evaluated by team doctors Monday to see if they can release him to participate in “light activity” during Monday afternoon’s practice, coach Roy Williams said.

“If they do, we’ll let him have light activity,’’ Williams said during the ACC conference call. “If they don’t, we won’t.”

Asked if that meant the reserve guard would miss Wednesday’s game at Miami, the coach responded: “I told you everything I know.”

Hairston is the latest Tar Heels guard to get hurt this season, joining junior Leslie McDonald (who is redshirting after offseason reconstructive surgery on his knee) and starting shooting guard/backup point guard Dexter Strickland (who injured his knee at Virginia Tech last month, and had reconstructive surgery last Thursday).

“Leslie and Dexter were going to have great competition for that starting 2 spot until we lost Leslie over the summer,’’ Williams said. “Then Reggie [Bullock] is having great competition with Dexter and getting quality minutes when Dexter slides up to the ‘1’, and then Dexter goes down. And that means Reggie slides in there [at starting shooting guard]. And then we have P.J. as the first sub at that spot and also comes in as the first sub at the ‘3’, and he goes down.

“… It’s very difficult to handle, there’s no question about it. So many people thought our depth was going to be fantastic in every area; it’s not quite what we hoped it would be.”

If Hairston can’t play on Wednesday, starters Bullock and Harrison Barnes, as well a senior reserve Justin Watts, will all share time at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Barnes, who has been playing on a spained left ankle the past 3 games, is feeling better, Williams said.

“Harrison’s ankle is stronger,’’ Williams said. “He still has a little swelling in it, but I think it was even better after the Virginia game than it was after the Duke game.”

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