3 things to know about potential North Carolina transfer target Pete Nance
North Carolina still has 1 open scholarship for the 2022-23 season, and Northwestern transfer Pete Nance could be a target.
At 6-foot-10, he has the right physical profile to start at power forward for UNC next to center Armando Bacot. He also made 45% of his 3-pointers last season, which indicates he may be able to replace some — or all — of Brady Manek’s production.
Nance is currently testing the NBA Draft waters after a 4-year career at Northwestern. Last season, he averaged 14.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Here’s 3 things to know about Nance:
He has NBA bloodlines
Pete’s father and brother both have NBA experience.
His dad is Larry Nance Sr., who played in the NBA for 13 seasons from 1982-94. He played for the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers, reaching the All-Star Game 3 times in his career. He retired with an impressive 17.1 points per game scoring average.
His brother is Larry Nance Jr., who just completed his 7th season in the NBA. At 29 years old, Nance has already experienced quite a bit of success at the pro level. He’s a former late 1st round pick who has carved a nice role out for himself in the NBA. He’s currently a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
He’s currently going through the NBA Draft process
Nance showed enough flashes at Northwestern this season to earn an invite to the G-League Elite Camp, which preceded the NBA scouting combine.
He’s not currently projected to be a 1st round pick, which could be a major reason why he ultimately decides to return to college basketball.
Nance has until June 1 to officially withdraw from the NBA Draft.
He’s an elite shooter with great length
Nance would be an excellent replacement for Manek at the power forward position, should North Carolina pursue him.
Last season at Northwestern, Nance shot 45.2% from 3-point range on 3.1 attempts per game. That’s quite a bit above his career average, but he’s still shooting nearly 36% for his career. He has improved from beyond the arc in each of his 4 seasons so far in college.
He’s also improved significantly as a free throw shooter, which is often a good indicator of future success from 3-point range. He shot just 42% as a freshman but has been above 76% in each of the past 2 seasons.
Nance also measured well while he was at the combine. He was measured at 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot wingspan. He also showed off his passing ability in one of the 5-on-5 scrimmages:
Another nice pass from Pete Nance on the iverson curl to Quenton Jackson. pic.twitter.com/wByb3Y1Egz
— Josh Codinera (@JoshScoutEm) May 17, 2022