Britt Keeping Busy

While North Carolina commitment Nate Britt hasn't been as visible as others on the summer circuit, he's stil had a busy summer focused on improving his game.

The class of 2013 point guard recently returned from a stint on USA Basketball's U18 team, where he helped the squad go 5-0 and capture the gold medla in the FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. Although Britt didn't shoot the ball well, he played a valuable role, as evidenced by leading the team in minutes played, plus he was second in assists, while only turning the ball over seven times in 108 minutes.

"It was great, I enjoyed it a lot," Britt said of the Team USA experience. "It was my first time being out of the country. Just being able to ball with all of the best players in the nation and to play for college coaches that have such a high basketball IQ was a great experience."

Britt also learned a bit about the European game and had to make some adjustments.

"I learned a lot of stuff, especially defensively," Britt said. "The way they play over there is a little bit different. We have to guard the three-point line a little bit more but we had to take advantage of our athleticism. It was good to learn to play in a different style of play."

Britt also had a chance to use the experience to bond with a couple of Carolina recruiting targets - Austin Nichols, and Julius Randle.

"I enjoyed playing with Austin at the tryouts. I played with Julius on the team and he was the only other 2013 classmate on the team," Britt said. "I think Julius and I played well together and I'm definitely trying to get him to come to North Carolina with me."

Britt has also kept in touch with the two since returning stateside.

"I've just been speaking with Julius mainly but I talk to Austin sometimes," Britt noted.

Perhaps the biggest development of the summer was Britt's decision to transfer to Oak Hill for his senior season.

"I think that the style of play at Oak Hill fits me a little bit better, especially as I prepare to go to Carolina," Britt said. "The styles at Oak Hill and Carolina are very similar, but being a point guard, I wanted to have the top guys around me."

Besides playing over in Brazil, Britt has done many individual workouts in lieu of some AAU events.

"I'm just trying to get better and improve my skills," Britt said of the workouts. "I think they've helped me out a lot."

It also hasn't hurt that when Nate has played with D.C. Assault that he's been under the tutelage of former NBA coach Eddie Jordan.

"He's taught us a lot this season," Britt said of Jordan. "All of us have really learned a lot under him and we're just trying to pick his brain as often as possible."

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