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Rothstein | Kenny Williams cleared for UNC

North Carolina's Kenny Williams (24) shoots as Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia (32) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina Tar Heels junior guard Kenny Williams has been cleared to resume basketball activities, a school spokesperson tells FanRag Sports. Williams will have his reps monitored as he makes his way back from a knee injury that ended his 2016-17 season.

Williams started 22 games last season for the Tar Heels. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 23.7 minutes of action, shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from 3-point range.

The Tar Heels went on to claim the National Championship last season without him.

Now with losses to the wing from key contributors such as Justin Jackson, Williams will have a chance to step back into significant playing time.

Williams arrived at North Carolina as a 4-star recruit in the 2015 recruiting class out of Chesterfield, Va. He played sparingly as a freshman, averaging just 4.2 minutes per game in 29 contests, scoring just 23 points over the course of the year.

North Carolina’s season is slated to open on Oct. 27 with an exhibition against Barton College, before opening its non-exhibition slate on Nov. 10 when the Tar Heels host the Northern Iowa Panthers in Chapel Hill.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.



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