Rising junior guard Kenny Williams had successful knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on July 7, according to a release from UNC Athletic Communications. He is expected to be ready to return to the court in time for preseason practice in mid-October. Williams started 22 of the season's first 26 games before missing the final 14 contests after suffering the injury in February. Williams averaged nearly 24 minutes and 6.2 points per game prior to the injury.
Williams got the opportunity for a larger role in his sophomore season because Theo Pinson missed the first 19 games with a foot injury. Pinson returned on January 8, but the Tar Heels played just 10 games with both players available. Pinson slid into Williams' starters role when the sophomore went down.
Pinson may have eventually been elevated to a starting position regardless of Williams injury, but that's all hypothetical. The Tar Heels won the national championship in 2017 with Williams in a suit, but they would be thrilled to have both Williams and Pinson in uniform for the duration of the 2017-18 season.