Originally created 02/21/00

UNC reserve to redshirt



North Carolina will be without one of its top reserves down the stretch after Brian Bersticker announced Sunday he would apply for a medical redshirt.

The 6-foot-10 junior has been sidelined since Dec. 3 with a broken left foot. He was averaging 5.0 points a game as Brendan Haywood's backup at the center position before being injured against the College of Charleston.

Carolina had hoped Bersticker, who has missed 2' months, would return by late February and in time for the ACC tournament.

However, Bersticker said he came down wrong on his foot in practice Tuesday and knew he was not ready to return.

Bersticker will have two years of eligibility remaining.

MINNESOTA: Joel Przybilla has had enough. He wants to leave college for the NBA.

The 7-foot-1 sophomore center for Minnesota was suspended last week by coach Dan Monson for skipping classes. Przybilla blamed his suspension on a lack of communication and said he would not return to the team.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his suspension, Przybilla told the Star Tribune his father is hiring an agent. The goal is to make him a lottery pick in the NBA draft June 6.

"I made a mistake by not attending classes on a regular basis," said Przybilla, adding his grade-point average was over 2.0 and he never was in danger of being ineligible.

"Coach Monson had warned me about going to class, but I thought he made a bigger thing out of it than it was," he said.

Monson confirmed Przybilla was not in danger of becoming ineligible under NCAA rules, but said his leading scorer had plenty of warning.

"On this, we had more communication than with any other player," Monson told the Star Tribune.

The Gophers lost their past two games without Przybilla, who averaged 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. They were beaten by Purdue 97-61 Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. Przybilla averaged 17.2 points a game in Big Ten play, and led the conference in field-goal percentage (.614) and rebounds (11.2).