Which UNC Freshman Will Have The Biggest Role?

Mar 17, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) reacts after sinking a 3 pointer against the Miami Hurricanes during the championship game of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 17, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) reacts after sinking a 3 pointer against the Miami Hurricanes during the championship game of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels did an excellent job with recruiting for the 2013 class. They were able to bring in Point Guard Nate Britt, Forward Kennedy Meeks, and Forward Isaiah Hicks which ranked their recruiting class #6 in the nation. As all three freshmen are expected to have bright futures in Chapel Hill, it becomes tough to say which one will have the biggest role early in their college careers.

Many say that Nate Britt could have a big role early due to the offense Carolina runs. Britt is an up-tempo point guard which is loved in Roy Williams’ system. He has exceptional touch, especially his mid-range shot which can be deadly for this offense. 

Marcus Paige is the clear starter for the season though, which will limit the minutes for Nate Britt. There are a few options Coach Williams will have regarding where Britt will fit into this offense.  First, Carolina struggled last year when Marcus Paige came out of the game.  The Tar Heels rotated Dexter Strickland and Luke Davis at the point guard position when Paige came out, but both of them struggled to maintain good pace for the offense.

This is where Nate Britt will fit in perfectly for the Heels. If he can give Paige anywhere between four to six minutes of rest during the game and maintain the offensive control that Coach Williams likes, the Tar Heels will be in good shape. 

Another option UNC has in using Britt is to back up PJ Hairston or Leslie McDonald at the shooting guard position.  This would allow both Paige and Britt to be on the floor at the same time which can create turnovers, open up shooters on the outside, and lead to fast breaks and quick points. The only downfall to that strategy would be that they would lose the size advantage at the other end of the court.  This being because Marcus Paige is only 6-foot-1and Nate Britt is only 5-foot-11.  So don’t expect them to be on the floor together for very long.

Coach Roy Williams will definitely give Nate Britt a few minutes at the point guard position this year to give him some experience as a college point guard and the general of the team. Britt is already known for being a vocal point guard, so the transition from high school to college shouldn’t be a problem. 

As for Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, they will be fighting for minutes on this already pretty deep squad at the forward position. With returning starters James Michael McAdoo, Desmond Hubert, Joel James, Brice Johnson, and J.P Tokoto all fighting for minutes, it will be tough for these freshmen to see a lot of playing time this season.  No one knows for sure yet what Coach Williams’ game plan will be, but for right now it looks like Nate Britt will have the biggest freshman role this season. 

Topics: Basketball, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, North Carolina Tar Heels

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