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Northwestern Transfer Pete Nance Commits to UNC

Northwestern transfer Pete Nance (Photo: Zach Bolinger, Getty)

North Carolina’s 2022-23 roster is complete. One day after completing an official visit to Chapel Hill, Northwestern transfer Pete Nance announced his commitment to North Carolina on Saturday.

Nance, a native of Akron, Ohio, is coming off the best season of his career. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, with 2.7 assists and 1.1 blocks, while hitting 45.2% of his three-point attempts, en route to honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. Northwestern finished 2021-22 with a 15-16 record. Nance has started 74 games and made 106 three-pointers in his college career.

Per sources close to the situation, UNC views Nance as a ‘4’ and ‘5’ in its system and feels comfortable with the prospect of playing him alongside senior Armando Bacot.

Pete Nance is a smart and skilled face-up power forward with size and mobility at the position,” said 247Sports national recruiting analyst Travis Branham. “He is a very good shooter from three, knocking down more than 40% from beyond the arc last season. But he’s not as high volume of a shooter as someone like Brady Manek. Given the threat he poses to knock down shots, coupled with his mobility and skillset, Nance is able to put the ball on the ground and attack bigs who are forced to step out on the perimeter to contest him from three. He’s also a good passer and rebounder for the position and makes for a very good piece to fit in the North Carolina program.”

After pursuing the NBA Draft process, which included attending the G League Elite pre-draft camp, Nance withdrew by the June 1 deadline. He measured 6-foot-11, 218 pounds, with a 7-0.5 wingspan at the G League event, and averaged 10.0 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3FG), 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 block in the two camp scrimmages.

“I’m always trying to get better,” Nance told Inside Carolina at the event. “I’m trying to work on my shooting and get even better at that. That’s going to be a big role of mine moving forward, as well as continuing to talk and communicate with my teammates, and just being physical on the offensive and defensive glass.”

Nance’s father, Larry, is a South Carolina native who attended Clemson before a 13-year NBA career. And Nance’s brother, Larry Jr., played at Wyoming and has been in the NBA since 2015.

North Carolina had an open scholarship because of the last-minute decision by sophomore guard Kerwin Walton to enter the transfer portal on May 1. The Tar Heels also pursued Baylor forward Matthew Mayer, who chose to transfer to Illinois.

Nance joins a loaded UNC roster which features returning starters Armando Bacot, Leaky Black, RJ Davis, and Caleb Love, as well as key reserves Puff Johnson and Dontrez Styles. Additionally, the Tar Heels enrolled three freshmen from the class of 2022 this month – guard Seth Trimble, and forwards Tyler Nickel and Jalen Washington.

North Carolina was already a national championship contender, but the addition of Nance only improves their chances,” explained 247Sports’ director of scouting Adam Finkelstein. “He possesses a really intriguing combination of size, skill, and athleticism with plenty of finesse in his game as well. He can both fit alongside Bacot to form a massive frontline or behind him as a contingency plan for foul trouble or injury. The key is going to be how compatible they are together on the defensive end of the floor.”

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