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UNC Basketball Insider: Nate Britt

Inside Carolina compiled insider perspectives to create an exclusive player-by-player preview of North Carolina's 2016-17 season.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- A year removed from serving as North Carolina’s third point guard option, Nate Britt enters his senior season as Joel Berry’s primary backup and could potentially see more playing time than at any point since his freshman season. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard has plenty of experience and has proven to be a caretaker of the ball – he owns a career 1.6:1 assist-error ratio after posting a 2:1 mark last season – while offering a quality option from the free throw line in critical situations. An improved outside shot would bolster Britt’s playing time. After shooting 36.6 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore, he shot 20.9 percent (9-43) from deep in conference and postseason play as a junior.


With 111 career games played, Britt is on track to finish in the top-5 in school history in the category (Deon Thompson has the record with 152).

Holds an 82.8 career free throw percentage.

Has won team’s defensive player of the game honors 18 times during his career.


Examining Nate Britt’s analytics reveals that he’s an above average distributor and ball handler – in both transition and the half court – and that he’s at his best in pick and roll or off-screen plays. But in the end his most important statistics are tied to his experience. He’s played 1,893 minutes over 111 career games in all settings, including tough road environments, nationally televised battles, and on the biggest of postseason stages. North Carolina’s 2016-17 roster has plenty of experience in the starting lineup, but it’s severely lacking on the bench. The team’s 2016 postseason run showed the value of depth and experience. Consider that this season’s projected non-starters have scored a combined 654 career college points. Britt accounts for 593 (91%) of them.


by Rob Harrington

Britt’s role at UNC has evolved into a more significant one than his stats would indicate. He’ll take the court this season as one of the country’s most experienced and valuable backup point guards, and in certain situations it’s possible he’ll play extended or clutch minutes. He has established himself as a reliable free throw shooter and at least a competent three-point threat, and he has made strides defensively as well. In order for him to push for a starting role or at least 20-plus minutes, he’ll need to improve his shooting average from long-range and cut down on turnovers. Ultimately, he has enjoyed a successful career for the Tar Heels and will have the opportunity to finish on a high note.


by ACC Coaches

“He’s a nice player, I think he’s disruptive defensively. He’s the one guy who comes in looking to run the team and not looking for his own shot first. He shoots differently than how he does his free throws so that’s a little bit of a unique thing. He is a better defensive player than he was offensive player this past year but a guy capable of hitting an open shot.”

“Solid four-year player. Someone that comes in and makes plays; could potentially take on a starting role at times for them this year. Just a crafty veteran. Solid, solid role player.”


by Dewey Burke

Nate Britt has a very large role to play for us this season, in my opinion.  He's not the true point guard that Joel is, doesn't have the size and scoring ability of Justin, nor the athleticism of Theo, nor the shooting ability of Kenny Williams.  But Nate has bits and pieces of each facet of the game that make him a very valuable player for us.  Assuming Nate comes off the bench, I think his charge will be to bring energy and ball-pressure on the defensive end, be counted to get Joel rest at the point, and score key buckets for us offensively just as he did last year.  Nate has shot the ball decently from three for us at points, especially when Marcus was struggling to make perimeter shots.

I would also say Nate's value is perhaps most important right now, before the season. This is a high-character guy, a senior, who is a big help to our young players in showing them what it takes to prepare for a season as a top-10 team.  Experienced, smart and a quality kid - that's who we have in Nate Britt.  We should all be pleased that Nate is one of the early voices in the ears of our freshmen.  This a Carolina player who has carried himself with class from his first day.

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