UNC Star freshman Cole Anthony expected to miss 4-6 weeks

North Carolina guard Cole Anthony (2) drives to the basket while Ohio State forward Alonzo Gaffney defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina freshman Cole Anthony is expected to miss four to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

The star point guard underwent the procedure on Monday to treat a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. Anthony had already missed Sunday's game 
due to the injury as UNC lost to Wofford.

The team then announced that Anthony will be out indefinitely as treatment options were being evaluated.

“Obviously not having a player of Cole’s caliber will be a tremendous challenge to our young team, but we have to play,” coach Roy Williams said in a statement. 

Anthony a top prospect prior to injury

Anthony is projected to be a potential Top 3 or Top 5 pick if he decides to enter the NBA draft after his freshman season. He currently averages 19.1 points prior to the injury. Anthony ranks second in points nationally among freshmen. He has been the Tar Heels' best player at creating his own shot.

UNC is currently at 6-4, unranking for the first time since February 2014. The Tar Heels play No. 2 Gonzaga on the road Wednesday night before facing UCLA on Saturday in Las Vegas for the CBS Sports Classic.

"No one player is going to replace the production Cole Anthony gives us, so it’s up to everyone who puts on a North Carolina jersey to raise his game and help our team play better,” Williams suggested.

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