Joel Berry injury from losing a video game

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Then, sometimes, you actually do get so frustrated that you follow through on that feeling, like North Carolina senior guard Joel Berry recently did.

Instead, it was Berry's competitive nature outside of the hardwood that resulted in a broken bone in his right hand.

That's not the kind of "gamer" Roy Williams had in mind heading into this season.

Berry was named to ESPN's All-American Preseason First Team on Monday and is widely considered one of the best players in the country.

Berry will be out for roughly the next four weeks due to the injury as the Tar Heels begin their national title defense. Last year's Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four was on the losing end of a video game battle and let off some frustration on a door.

If that timetable holds up, Berry projects to miss the start of the Tar Heels' 2017-18 regular season-which is scheduled to open November 10 against Northern Iowa.

Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists per game last season.

That timeframe could cause him to miss non-conference games against Stanford and MI but it will also give UNC plenty of time to figure out whether Jalek Felton, Seventh Woods or Theo Pinson will function best as a backup.



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