UNC vs Villanova: Recruiting Bonds and Rivalries

Nate Britt is a senior PG at Oak Hill Academy and is a North Carolina commit for next season. Britt is the definition of a true floor general. He has good speed with the ability to push the offense on the break and he also has an innate ability to see the floor and make passes that set his teammates up for easy buckets. North Carolina really thrives on good PG play and Britt is a great addition to a roster that will include soon to be sophomore Marcus Paige and a stacked legacy of other PG’s that have made their mark in Chapel Hill. It’s no question that Nate will spend this Friday evening cheering for his future school as they take on Villanova in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. However, for Britt, the person that’s closest to him will be against him during the game.

Kris Jenkins is a 6-6 senior forward for Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC and a Villanova commit in the class of 2013. Jenkins is listed as a power forward even at 6-6, but really has the body type to bang down low on the block. What makes Jenkins really dangerous is that even though he can play in the post, he also displays polished guard skills and can play on the wings if he needs to. Jenkins is really the perfect fit for Jay Wright’s system at Villanova that often includes many four guard sets. With Kris in the fold, Wright has a versatile forward that can serve as an extra big man and the fourth guard at the same time.

Jenkins and Britt were teammates at Gonzaga College HS until Britt went off to Oak Hill, but their bond runs deeper than that. In addition to being former teammates, Britt and Jenkins are brothers. Nate and Kris grew up playing together on the AAU circuit as kids and developed a friendship with one another that way, but after Kris’s sister became ill and he began to struggle back home with school and family life, the Jenkins asked the Britt family to take Kris in full time.  Ever since, the Britt’s have been Kris’s legal guardians and Kris and Nate have been brothers.

The story in and of itself is touching and it’s refreshing to know that there are families out there that still do the right thing. Either way, it’s sure to be a fun filled night for Nate and Kris and I’m sure that there will be a fair amount of smack talk going back and forth. One thing is for sure, whichever side comes out on top, the winner won’t let his brother ever live it down.

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