Stepheson back on North Carolina bench after week away
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.
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