Nassir Little Ruled Out After Suffering Ankle Injury During UVA vs. UNC

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 02:  Nassir Little #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game against the Mount Olive Trojans at the Dean Smith Center on November 2, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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North Carolina Tar Heels star Nassir Little suffered an ankle injury in the first half of Monday's game against Virginia.

According to Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com, the guard was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Little entered the day averaging 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season.

The 19-year-old was the crown jewel of the Tar Heels' 2018 recruiting class. He was No. 3 overall nationally and the No. 2 small forward, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He joined 5-star shooting guard Coby White and 4-star small forward Leaky Black.

Together, that group was good enough to get the Tar Heels to 14th in 247Sports' composite team rankings.

The bulk of last year's squad—notably Luke Maye and Kenny Williams—returned for 2018-19, but North Carolina still had to replace Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson. Signing Little and White, in particular, was necessary to ensure the Tar Heels are a national title contender in 2019.

With Black already dealing with his own injury, depth is suddenly a problem for the Heels as the more experienced Maye and Williams take on bigger roles.