CHAPEL HILL — Former Northwestern ahead Pete Nance dedicated to North Carolina on Saturday as a graduate switch, doubtlessly giving coach Hubert Davis a key piece for an additional Ultimate 4 run.
Nance, a 6-foot-10 ahead, averaged 14.6 factors, 6.5 rebounds and shot 45 % from 3-point vary final season. He principally performed at middle for the Wildcats, however at UNC he’d doubtless play energy ahead in a frontcourt teamed with senior Armando Bacot.
Nance’s capacity to shoot from the perimeter ought to assist UNC stretch defenses in the identical method that ahead Brady Manek did final season.
He’ll add one other veteran presence to the frontcourt. Except for Bacot, Will Shaver, who enrolled early and joined the group in January; and Jalen Washington, who remains to be rehabilitating a knee damage, are the Heels’ different bigs, and neither of them have expertise. Washington isn’t anticipated to take part in 5-on-5 full court docket play till faculty begins within the fall semester.
Nance has a robust basketball pedigree. His father, Larry Nance Sr., is a three-time NBA all-star who has the excellence of being the primary NBA dunk contest winner in 1984. His brother, Larry Nance Jr., at the moment stars with the New Orleans Pelicans.
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Nance accepted the Tar Heels’ thirteenth and last scholarship slot that turned open when guard Kerwin Walton entered the switch portal. Walton introduced this week he dedicated to Texas Tech.
Carolina returns 4 starters from final season’s group that misplaced to Kansas within the nationwide title recreation. In his information convention on Wednesday, Davis stated he favored the group he had even when they didn’t add one other participant. Rising junior Puff Johnson, sophomore Dontrez Types and senior Justin McKoy may every have greater roles after enjoying sparingly final season. Nance’s addition means Carolina received’t be pressured to play small with Johnson, Types or McKoy enjoying the 4 spot.
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