ONLY ON 3: Wilmington’s Stilman White ready as UNC heads to Sweet 16


CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — With injuries mounting, Hoggard alum Stilman White has quickly moved up the depth chart for the North Carolina basketball team. He could see even more playing time as the Tar Heels prepare for the Sweet 16.

White could be looked upon to help fill in for injured, star point guard Kendall Marshall, who broke a bone in his non-shooting wrist in Sunday’s win over Creighton. Marshall’s status for Friday’s game against Ohio is still unknown.

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The Tar Heels are preparing as if Marshall will not play. That means White will be on the court running the point for UNC. He may not start, but White is sure to see lots of playing time in the Sweet 16.

“It’s up to the coaches,” White said. “Whatever the coaches decide to do this week, and if that includes me, I’ll be ready to go. But hopefully Kendall will be able to rest up his wrist this weekend, he’ll be ready to go. If my number ends up being called I’ll be ready, but that’s up to the coaches. Whatever they decide to do I have total faith in them. We have the best coaching staff in the country and the best leader in coach Williams.”

UNC standout Harrison Barnes has more faith and confidence in White now than he did when White first arrived in Chapel Hill.

“Stilman’s grown a lot,” Barnes said. “When he first got here we were afraid he might have an anxiety attack and pass out. He’s definitely calmed down a lot. He looks more fluid out there. He’s able to push the ball up the court and get up and down.”

Head coach Roy Williams admitted Tuesday he likes a challenge. Having to figure out his lineup without Kendall Marshall is not the type of challenge he particularly likes the best.

“Our preparation is 100 percent preparation to play without Kendall,” Williams said.