North Carolina’s 2022-23 roster is complete. A day after completing an official visit to Chapel Hill, transfer from the northwest Pete Nance announced his engagement 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 making 45.2% of his three-point attempts, en route to an honorable mention All-Big. Ten. Northwestern finished 2021-22 with a 15-16 record. Nance started 74 games and made 106 three-pointers during his college career.
According to sources close to the situation, UNC considers Nance a “4” and a “5” in their system and are comfortable with the prospect of playing him alongside senior Armando Bacot.
“Pete Nance is a smart and capable face-up power forward with size and mobility at this position,” said 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Travis Branham. season. But he’s not as big of a shooter as someone like Brady Manek. Given the threat he poses to knock down shots, coupled with his mobility and skill, Nance is able to put the ball on the ground and attack the big ones who are forced to come out on the perimeter to challenge it at from three. He’s also a good passer and rebounder for the position and a really good piece to fit into the North Carolina program.”
After continuing the NBA draft process, which included attending the G League Elite pre-draft camp, Nance withdrew before the June 1 deadline. He was 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 blocks in both side scrums.
“I always try to improve myself” Nance told Inside Carolina at the event.. “I’m trying to work on my shot and improve further. It will be a big role for me in the future, 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 dated Clemson prior to a 13-year NBA career. And Nance’s brother, Larry Jr., played in Wyoming and has been in the NBA since 2015.
North Carolina had an open purse due to second-year guard Kerwin Walton’s last-minute decision to enter the transfer gate on May 1. The Tar Heels also pursued Baylor forward Matthew Mayer, who opted to transfer to Illinois.
Nance joins a loaded UNC roster that includes 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 signed up three freshmen from the Class of 2022 this month — guard Seth Trimble and forwards Tyler Nickel and Jalen Washington.
“North Carolina was already a contender for the national championship, but adding Nance only improves their chances,” explained 247Sports director of scouting Adam Finkelstein. “He has a really intriguing combination of size, skill and athleticism with a lot of finesse in his game as well. He can both fit alongside Bacot to form a massive front line or behind him as a contingency plan in case of foul play or injury. The key will be how compatible they are on the defensive side of the pitch.”