Britt Wants to Win

PITTSBURGH – For future North Carolina Tar Heel Nate Britt, the final AAU season of his career began this weekend in Pittsburgh at the Hoop Group Jam Fest.

"I think I've been doing okay," the 6-foot-1 point guard out of Gonzaga (D.C.) College said of his weekend performance. "I think I've been getting better as the competition goes up."

Britt, who runs with the high-powered DC Assault program, has one main goal for his last year on the AAU circuit.

"Personally, just the biggest teams like us, I just want to win," Britt said. "Last year we had a good team, but we didn't win any [tournaments]."

In addition to trying to win more games, there are a couple things that Britt is working on to improve individually.

"Pretty much just knocking down the 3-point ball and open shots," the 2013 star said. "In the off time, trying to put on muscle."

Britt, who said he currently weighs 168 pounds, is hoping to get his weight up to the high 170s or 180 by the time he gets to UNC in 2013.

Speaking of UNC, Britt gave some insight into his recent discussions with the Tar Heels coaching staff.

"We have a good relationship, so our conversations are pretty laid back," Britt explained. "We talked about some of the guys going to the Draft, some of the recruits they're trying to get."

Britt said that most of his talks are with assistant coach C.B. McGrath, but that he also speaks with head coach Roy Williams quite a bit. As far as helping them out in trying to recruit players to Chapel Hill, Britt said he is doing just that.

"Yes, definitely, I talk to Julius Randle . . . I talk to Troy [Williams] a lot," Britt said, adding, "I talked to Nerlens [Noel] a lot before he narrowed his list down."

Asked what type of vibe he is getting from Randle and Williams, Britt responded, "I don't know. They're both pretty hard to read. A lot [earlier] I thought we were pretty good with Julius, but now I can't tell."

Britt is not sure of when he will take his official visit to Chapel Hill. However, he said he is most certainly planning to take some unofficial trips this summer. Living about four to four and a half hours from UNC, he added, "I have family down there. I always go to North Carolina."

This weekend was the first time that Britt played in front of a UNC coach on the AAU circuit as a committed prospect. For some, being committed during the AAU season removes some stress and Britt discussed whether he feels that is the case.

"It does bring pressure kind of off as far as recruiting, but not as far as ranking and All-American [games] next year," Britt said. "I still come out as if I have something to prove."

As far as rankings go, where exactly does Britt think he stacks up in the class of 2013?

"I just feel I'm one of the best point guards in the class, I think, which I want to continue to prove," he said.

Britt's DC Assault squad advanced to the semifinals of the Pitt Jam Fest before falling to the Ohio Basketball Club. The floor general had a solid overall weekend, but not spectacular. He did a nice job of directing the offense and was superb defensively. In addition, he made a number of nice, crafty plays where he utilized his quickness in order to get to the rim. However, the five-star lead guard did not shoot the ball all that much, despite his jumper often times being a major tool at his disposal.

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