UNC's senior point guard Joel Berry out 4 weeks with broken hand

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CHAPEL HILL - University of North Carolina senior point guard Joel Berry II will miss approximately four weeks while he recovers from a broken bone in his right hand.

The school announced Berry's injury on Monday, October 23. The player earned the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player in 2017 and the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament MVP in 2016. He is a preseason candidate for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard and a member of ESPN's preseason All-America first team.

The details of how Berry endured the injury are unclear. The announcement, though, comes just 18 days before UNC begins the season.

Last year, Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists in leading Carolina to the national championship. He played through most of the NCAA tournament on two injured ankles, and inspired his teammates with his toughness and his ability to overcome pain, according to the News & Observer.