UNC Basketball: Freshman Nate Britt’s Impact

In his tenure at North Carolina, Coach Roy Williams has had plenty of talented point guards at his disposal. Coach Roy won his first National Championship at UNC with Raymond Felton, and his second with Ty Lawson. Other talents like Bobby Frasor, Kendall Marshall, and Quentin Thomas have filled in the gaps, always leaving point guard as a position of strength for UNC squads. Coach Roy has to be excited about the next crop of point guards, including sophomore Marcus Paige and incoming freshman Nate Britt. A lot will be asked of both point guards this season, but each is capable of handling the challenges and leading the team to ACC championships and beyond. 

Mar 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams looks down the court against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. North Carolina defeated Villanova 78-71. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN rated Britt as a four star recruit coming out of high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. He was ranked 27th in the country at his position, point guard, and had offers from other top ACC programs like Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Duke. He signed to play for the Tar Heels on November 29th, 2011 and enrolled this summer.

Nate Britt is projected to be the backup point guard for UNC this season behind Marcus Paige. Dexter Strickland handled the backup ball handling duties last season, but he struggled at times at the PG position, so having a steady backup point guard will help the team immensely. Britt likes to push the pace and run the fast break, so he can use his great passing and dribbling skills. Also, he could see time on the court with Marcus Paige playing shooting guard. This lineup would mostly be used if PJ Hairston is suspended; the Heels could move Leslie McDonald to small forward and put the two point guards together. This lineup would play fast and score lots of points, but both guards are slightly undersized and might struggle defending bigger shooting guards.

Nate Britt is a great addition to the Tar Heel basketball team, and should get around 15-20 minutes a game in a backup point guard role. If Britt continues to get stronger and work on his shooting, he could nicely compliment Paige and the rest of the Tar Heels. Britt could average around 7 points, 3 assists in his first season at Carolina, and continue to grow as he gains experience in the ACC. In a couple of years, Britt may well be right next to Kendall Marshall and Bobby Frasor in the list of great Tar Heel point guards.

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