One of the North Carolina Tar Heels’ leaders is going to be out of commission for a while.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, point guard Marcus Paige has had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and won’t be back on the court until the summertime.
UNC's Marcus Paige underwent arthroscopic surgery today to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. Will be back sometime this summer.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 20, 2015
UNC also put out a press release addressing the injury:
“University of North Carolina men’s basketball guard Marcus Paige underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.
“Paige is expected to resume basketball activities this summer.
“The junior from Marion, Iowa, played in all 38 games this year, averaged a team-high 14.1 points and led UNC with 170 assists. He earned Carolina’s Most Valuable Player honors for the second consecutive year.
“Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.”
Paige averaged 14.1 points and 4.5 assists in his junior season, but shot just 41.3 percent from the field as he battled a foot injury all season long. The lefty was still named team MVP as he fought through the injury to help the Tar Heels reach the Sweet Sixteen, where the team lost to the Wisconsin Badgers despite a strong defensive effort.
Recently, Paige announced that he would return for his senior season.
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