CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina sophomore Alex Stepheson
will rejoin the team Monday after missing nearly a week because of
a family illness.
Coach Roy Williams said the 6-foot-9 reserve forward was
expected back at practice Tuesday and should play in Wednesday
night's game against North Carolina-Asheville. Stepheson, a Los
Angeles native, left the team Jan. 2 to return to California and
missed two games.
"It's good [to have him back],'' Williams said. "We need some
other big guys, no question."
North Carolina has lost backup guard Bobby Frasor to a
season-ending knee injury, and guard Quentin Thomas played just
eight minutes in a victory at Clemson after missing two games with
an ankle injury.