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Heel Tough Blog: Northwestern Transfer Pete Nance to Visit UNC

Northwestern Athletics

A couple of weeks after withdrawing from the 2022 NBA Draft, and remaining in the transfer portal, former Northwestern forward, Pete Nance is set to visit Chapel Hill this week according to Inside Carolina. Like Brady Manek last season, Nance has an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, due to the pandemic. As of right now, Carolina has one vacant scholarship for the 2022-23 season, but that could number could grow to two, if they don’t have super-seniors like Leaky Black against the scholarship total. With that in mind, this feels like Carolina’s last chance to add to a roster, that is already more than capable of getting back to the Final Four, and potentially winning a national championship.

Nance had his best season with Northwestern last year, averaging 14.6 points while shooting 50% from the field, and 45% from behind the three-point line. For his career, he’s averaged 9.6 points, and 5.4 rebounds, all while shooting 45% from the field, and 36% from behind the arc. At 6-11, Nance has improved his perimeter game, which is required if he wants to play professionally in the future. Even so, a potential transfer into the UNC program doesn’t mean that he’d replace the role left behind by the aforementioned Manek. His size would allow him to play on the block, alongside Armando Bacot, and UNC could return to the playing style seen primarily under Hall of Fame head coach, Roy Williams. While Hubert Davis is more in favor of playing a 4 around 1 offense, he proved during last season’s run to the national title game, that he’s willing to adapt to what best suits the team. More importantly, Nance would add much-needed front-court depth, as the only post players currently behind Bacot, are redshirt freshman Will Shaver, and incoming freshman Jalen Washington.

UNC missed out on Matthew Mayer who chose Illinois over the Tar Heels, but he never visited Chapel Hill. Considering the success Hubert Davis has had in the past of seeling recruits on his program, once they are on campus, you have to like the chances Carolina adds to one of the best rosters in all of college basketball.

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