Tar Heels add point guard from D.C.

acarter@newsobserver.comDecember 1, 2011 

North Carolina already has its point guard of the present in sophomore Kendall Marshall, and its point guard of the future in Marcus Paige, an Iowa high school senior who is considered the best in his class at his position.

Now the Tar Heels have added another: Nate Britt, a junior from Gonzaga High in Washington, D.C., who committed Tuesday.

Britt, whom ESPN.com ranks as the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2013, further solidifies the position at North Carolina for years to come.

"When you think about the situation that North Carolina is in right now, this is the best three-class point guard run that Roy Williams has probably ever had in his career," said Dave Telep, national college basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com

Britt, whose coach at Gonzaga described him as a lifelong Tar Heels fan, committed to North Carolina and declined offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Maryland and Villanova, among others.

He broke into Gonzaga's starting five last season. He spent his freshman season backing up Tyler Thornton, now a sophomore at Duke.

"I think Nate already had a strong work ethic, and being able to be with Tyler kind of pushed that as well and certainly made (Nate) better," Gonzaga coach Steve Turner said.

Britt has been on the national radar for a while but emerged last summer as one of the top prospects in his class during the NBA Players' Camp.

"He immediately at that event showed everyone what he was capable of," Turner said.

Britt, 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 assists during his sophomore season at Gonzaga.

Turner said Britt would work in the next year on adding strength.

Britt might have to mature physically before arriving in Chapel Hill, but Turner said he already has the mental makeup to succeed.

"(He's) a born leader who makes guys around him better," Turner said.

Among Marshall and Paige, Telep said he'd rank Britt the third-best passer of the group and the second-best scorer.

"It'd be impossible to rank them as leaders, because they're all cut from the same mold," Telep said.

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