Virginia Guard Jontel Evans Could Return on Sunday vs. North Carolina

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Prior to the season, Virginia senior Jontel Evans suffered a stress fracture in his right foot, an injury that has had him hobbled for the first two months of the season.

Evans has appeared in four games this season, but tweaked the injury in an early Dec. match-up against Tennessee. The 5-foot-11 guard has not played since.

However, good news may be emerging for the Cavaliers and head coach Tony Bennett as conference play is set to open up for UVA this weekend. According to the Washington Post, Evans could potentially return to the lineup this Sunday against North Carolina.

In four games this season, Evans has played just a total of 60 minutes, but his health and well-being in league play may hold huge dividends for the Cavaliers’ potential. Just last year, Evans averaged a career-high 7.3 points and 3.9 assists per game and was hoping to build off that increased production in 2012-13.

After a sluggish 1-2 start to the season, Bennett and UVA have been rolling through the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Cavaliers have won nine of their past ten games entering league play, despite a very disappointing loss to a struggling, Old Dominion squad back on Dec. 22.

While the first two months of the season have proven that the last thing that the Cavaliers want to do is rush Evans back, his ability and on-the-court presence could be crucial for Virginia, should he be able to play on Sunday.

The game will tip-off at 8:00pm (EST) from John Paul Jones Arena, as UVA looks to send an early message to begin ACC play.

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS

 

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