Britt is Terps Top Target

TSR talks to 2013 Gonzaga HS point guard Nate Britt about recruiting and the Terps.

It has been quite some time since the Maryland basketball program has flirted with the top of the recruiting charts, not to mention a number one prospect. New Coach Mark Turgeon is setting out to change that however, and it's hard to argue with the job he's done so far. From Mitch McGary to Shaquille Cleare, top prospects across the country have been hearing from the first-year head coach.

The latest target of Turgeon's recruiting rampage is homegrown talent Nate Britt, the #1 ranked PG in the class of 2013 and a product of Gonzaga High School (Washington D.C.). Britt, who averaged 13.7 ppg and nearly 5.0 apg as a sophomore last season, is one of the most highly sought after talents in his class and has drawn interest from some of the blue blood programs in the world of college basketball. Maryland, Virginia, Villanova, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh are among the schools that have already offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-1, 155 pound point guard.

Britt is the epitome of the new-age point guard; adept at getting to the basket to score, while always looking for chances to run the break and find open teammates. “I think that my play in transition is my biggest strength because if I can get out in the open I'm a dual threat to either take it to the hoop or pass it off to one of my teammates,” said Britt, who listed his strength and his 3-point shooting as parts of his game that need working on.

An elite talent in his class, Britt is no stranger to spending a lot of time on the court. Yet, with his ascent up the recruiting charts, he has found his time more and more consumed by the sport he loves. “I think the most I've been home this summer is for 5 days,” said a well-travelled Britt. “I've been doing a whole lot of travelling to camps and tournaments because I've been playing with DC Assault and my Gonzaga team this summer.”

With all the exposure he's been getting, and being labeled as the #1 point guard, Britt admits that he feels some pressure. “I definitely feel some pressure with being #1, because when you're at the top everybody comes out gunning for you. So almost every day I have people bringing their “A” game at me. It just reminds me that I worked hard to get here and that I can't take any days off.”

Not only does Britt run the show for the perennial powerhouse that is Gonzaga, but he also serves as court general for the storied D.C. Assault AAU team. “Playing for Assault is like getting an early start on college basketball because I'm constantly playing against the best basketball players there are and the guys I'm going to see at the next level,” said Britt.

Despite only being a rising junior, Britt has gotten a jump-start on the recruiting process, taking unofficial visits to a handful of schools and already preparing to whittle down his growing list of options. “I think after this month, when school starts up, I'm going to start narrowing down my list and looking at schools I really want to go to,” said Britt, who has taken unofficial visits to Villanova, Virginia, Duke, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and most recently, Maryland.

During a recent tournament in Indianapolis, college coaches were out in droves to see Britt, as it was part of the regulated 10-day evaluation period. Among those present was a part of the new staff at Maryland, led by new Coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dalonte Hill. Britt performed well at the tournament, leading his team to a number of quality wins. Turgeon liked what he saw apparently, as shortly there after he called Nate Britt Sr. to formally offer Nate a scholarship to play at Maryland.

“Coach Turgeon informed us that he really enjoyed watching Nate play and had really like what he had seen from evaluating his games,” said Nate Britt Sr. “He really stressed that he was looking for a type of point guard like Nate and mentioned that although he had offered scholarships to the Harrison twins, that Nate was his guy. He's really trying to keep Nate at home.”

Although he wasn't able to talk to Turgeon on the phone, Britt spoke with the Terps coach on his recent unofficial visit to Maryland. “I really enjoyed my visit to Maryland. I went there mostly to meet Coach Turgeon and the staff and to get a look around the arena, and I had a chance to talk to Coach for a little,” he said. “We talked about how he runs his program and what he would expect of me as a player at Maryland.”

Although he was being recruited by Maryland during the Gary Williams era, Britt said that once Turgeon took over the program, the recruiting really began to pick up and culminated most recently in a scholarship offer. Now that the Terps have expressed their interest in him, Britt is beginning to look at them as a serious option. “I've been to Maryland for camps and it's right at home for me,” he said. “I love the campus and it's a school that I'd like to take an official visit to.”

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