Tar Heels guard Kendall Marshall has surgery on wrist

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The father of North Caro­lina point guard Kendall Marshall said Monday his son is recovering from surgery on his broken right wrist, and it’s unclear whether he’ll return for the NCAA regional games in St. Louis.

North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall (center) suffered a broken wrist in Sunday's win over Creighton. His status for Friday's game against Ohio is uncertain.  BOB DONNAN/US PRESSWIRE
BOB DONNAN/US PRESSWIRE
North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall (center) suffered a broken wrist in Sunday's win over Creighton. His status for Friday's game against Ohio is uncertain.

Dennis Marshall said the procedure in Chapel Hill, N.C., to insert a screw into his son’s wrist lasted about 35 minutes. He said when Kendall plays again would be based on “what would be best for Kendall in the long term,” and he didn’t know whether the sophomore would be ready to play in the round of 16 against Ohio on Friday.

“I don’t know because Kendall’s just coming out of his anesthesia, we haven’t talked and I don’t know how he’ll feel four days from now,” Dennis Marshall said.

The left-handed point guard fractured the scaphoid bone – located near the thumb – when he was fouled driving to the basket during the second half of Sunday’s win against Creighton at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Marshall, from Dumfries, Va., is a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick who has 351 assists in 36 games, the best season total in league history and fourth most in NCAA history.

The pass-first point guard is averaging about eight points and 10 assists, though he has stepped up his offense recently and scored in double figures the past six games. He had 18 points and 11 assists in the 87-73 win against the Bluejays, his fifth double-double in that span.

Marshall has been the Tar Heels’ most irreplaceable player, leading the fast-paced offense with his see-everything court vision and perfect pitch-ahead passes in transition.

The Tar Heels lost No. 2 ballhandler Dexter Strickland to a season-ending knee injury in January. If Marshall can’t go, the job would fall to freshman Stilman White and senior Justin Watts.

ST. JOHN’S: Freshman forward Moe Harkless, the Big East Rookie of the Year, will apply for early entry to the NBA Draft.

Harkless, the lynchpin of coach Steve Lavin’s first recruiting class at St. John’s, averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds this season, which put him sixth and second among freshmen nationally.

“He has the confidence, the conviction and purpose in making this choice,” Lavin said.

Harkless, projected as a first-round draft pick, was part of the five-freshman class that started 12 games for the Red Storm.

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