CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -North Carolina sophomore Alex Stepheson has returned home to California due to a family illness and will miss the Tar Heels' game against Kent State on Wednesday night.
Stepheson, a 6-foot-9 reserve forward from Los Angeles, is averaging 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds for the top-ranked Tar Heels (13-0).
``We are not certain when he will be able to return,'' coach Roy Williams said in a statement Wednesday. ``Of course, at this time our thoughts and prayers are with Alex and his family.''

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