After missing out on Bayler transfer Matthew Mayer, who spurned UNC for Illinois, it wasn’t clear where UNC would next look to fill the one scholarship available for the 2022-23 season. Much of that depended on what happened today as players who had entered their names in the 2022 NBA Draft have until 11:59 PM to withdraw from the draft. They may have found their next transfer target, as Northwestern forward, Pete Nance who entered the transfer portal and the NBA Draft, withdrew his name from the draft and will remain in the transfer portal, until he decides where to play basketball next season. Nance is coming off a season where he averaged over 14 points per game while shooting 50% from the field, and 45% behind the three-point line. Nance has also played four years of college basketball, so like Brady Manek last season, he could provide even more experience for a team that will enter next season as the prohibitive favorites to win the national championship next April in Houston.
There is interest from both Hubert Davis and his staff, along with Nance, although the extent of the interest is unknown, and is believed to be not on the same level as Mayer. For his career, Nance is only a 35% shooter from deep, but his size at 6-10, would add much needed depth to the frontcourt, and he could even slide down to the 5 position when Bacot is off the floor.
Hubert Davis has been very selective in the transfers he has pursued since becoming the head coach a little over a year ago, targeting experienced players at the Power 5 level. Brady Manek proved to be vital to a team that last season, was close to cutting down the nets and winning the program’s 8th national championship. Nance just may be the missing piece to a team that has its sight set on getting back to the Final Four, and this time finishing the job.
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