UNC Basketball: Could Nate Britt Find Himself in the Starting Rotation?

Mar 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams looks out onto the court against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas defeated North Carolina 70-58. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Williams has recruited a talented point guard in Nate Britt, but can he find himself in the starting rotation this year? Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Britt was once a highly touted 5 star point guard in high school. He was offered scholarships by schools like Duke, Arizona, Georgetown, It was not until his senior year in high school when he transferred to the famous Oak Hill Academy and then got hurt for a good amount of time. His play was less than stellar and along with missing time his ranking on every recruiting site dropped. Nate went from highly touted high school point guard to completely out of the ESPN Top 100. Does that mean Nate is not a good player? No it does not. Does that mean he cannot contribute his freshman season? No, not one bit.

By now every Tar Heel fan out there knows the fiasco of what is going on with PJ Hairston and lack of wing depth that the Tar Heels already have. They also lack quality point guard depth. This is not a knock on Luke Davis, but he is not Kendall Marshall or Dexter Strickland. There will be times this season when Marcus Paige plays the shooting guard position and Nate Britt being running at point guard. This will be used a good amount early in the season when PJ Hairston is suspended. That leaves Leslie McDonald and JP Tokoto on the wings with no backup. This brings me to this question, “Could Nate Britt find himself in the starting rotation?”

My answer to that question is, yes. He will be in the starters rotation at points during the season. The only way Nate Britt would find himself in the starting lineup would be for Marcus Paige to get injured or for one of Tokoto or McDonald to get hurt. He will also likely be in at times for Paige along with the rest of the starting unit. Britt will get a solid amount of minutes this year. He will get his fair share of playing time. Britt is natural floor general who is an excellent passer. He will fit great with Marcus Paige and Tar Heel fans will likely see some two point guard sets, maybe including some pick and roll along with it. Having two guys who can handle the ball well on the court at the same time must have Roy Williams very happy. That could be potentially a very good thing for the Carolina fast break.

To conclude, Nate will likely see a great deal of time at point guard with the second unit and even with the starters. Do not expect him to start unless there are injuries. Nate Britt will surprise all the Tar heel fans that see a player only as what his ranking is. Expect some very good things and solid freshman season for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Topics: Basketball, Marcus Paige, Nate Britt, North Carolina Tar Heels, Roy Williams

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