Competition no concern for Britt

Nate Britt

A battle for playing time isn't something that scared off Nate Britt, and that is a very good thing for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

So often in basketball recruiting it is tough to stack classes back-to-back with similar parts. Meaning a true center might not want to come into the fold the year after another commits to a school, and likewise that can happen with point guards. However North Carolina has found a way to do it, and do it at a high level.

In the 2012 class the North Carolina Tar Heels focused on and landed the commitment of Marcus Paige. Paige is arguably the top pure point guard in the class and someone known for his ability to run a team and be the extension of the coach.

Nate Britt, a 2013 prospect from Washington (DC) Gonzaga High School, is often described as someone who is the ideal leader of a team. Playing for head coach Steve Turner at Gonzaga, Britt has been given the freedom to run the show for a while now, and is someone who is considered the best pure point guard in his class.

Typically similar parts like Paige and Britt don't follow each other to the same school, and it is especially rare when another point guard who is in the same mold, Kendall Marshall, is potentially going to be on the roster at the same time.

Still some programs have the pull to be able to do it, and North Carolina is clearly one of them. The Tar Heels under Head Coach Roy Williams have a reputation for being very point guard friendly, and obviously that played a big role in getting Britt to pull the trigger and pick the school despite the obvious competition for minutes in place.

With Marshall leading the team now, and then Paige and Britt lined up in the future the Tar Heels are one of the few teams in college basketball that can feel very good about their point guard position.

Currently there is a shortage of true floor generals both in college basketball and in the high school ranks. While the class of 2013 is solid with the point guard class, 2012 is deep, and in 2011 it wasn't exactly the strongest position either.

For North Carolina to have two true point guards who have proven at the high school level that they can run a team already in the fold that puts the Tar Heels in an excellent position for success going forward.

College basketball is a guards game, and it is being proven every day that unless you have a dominant backcourt it can be very tough to win at the highest level. With a five-star prospect in Britt to go along with a highly quality pledge Paige as well as another very talented 2013 interior commitment in Isaiah Hicks, North Carolina fans have to be smiling looking into the future.

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